As many of you may know already, OHSNA has been working very hard and meeting with the MOHLTC regularly to help develop the HSC program which will go forward with a new name, and not operating under the HSC act, to make future changes and funding increases easier without the complicated process of regulation change. The first phase of roll out for this new program will be beginning in January 2018 and the Region 1 South West area has been selected. There was a meeting held on September 22 in the London area to inform and discuss this Phase 1 with members and non-members from the area. A working group has been formed with the MOHLTC with members from all groups involved to help plan and see through the transition and implementation process, with your President and one board member sitting on the committee. They will keep us all informed and up to date throughout this process and I urge you to speak with fellow homeowners and contact myself or your area director if you have any questions, concerns or ideas about this process. The following is an email from Patrick Mitchell to Connie Evans. Following the email, I have posted what you would find when clicking the “link” in the email. I have also attached four Documents from the Ministry at the bottom of the blog for your review.
Thank you for your email.
I am pleased to let you know that the regulation amendment to provide a 3% increase to the HSC funding rate has been posted. I have attached for your information our recent posting to the Regulatory Registry which includes the link and I encourage you to share with Homes for Special Care home operators.
|Published for public comment|
|Title:||Homes for Special Care Funding Rate Increase (click to view)|
|Description:||Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care proposes to increase the per diem rate it pays to Homes for Special Care licensees to operate their homes and provide services to tenants.|
|Proposal published to public site|
Cabinet will be considering this proposed increase this fall and, if approved, is planned to be effective January 1, 2018. As well, as we move forward in modernization, as discussed, we have committed to continue to review the funding levels for the 2018/2019 year and have shared that the new model will include opportunities for additional resources.
We are pleased that Phase One of HSC modernization will be moving ahead in south western Ontario and I am glad to know that OHSNA will be providing support during implementation. We value the commitment and support of stakeholders and consider OHSNA a key partner.
R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 636 General
Bill or Act:
Homes for Special Care Act
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is working with stakeholders to modernize the Homes for Special Care program. It is proposed that section 43 of Regulation 636 under the Homes for Special Care Act be amended, authorizing the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide a 3% increase in the funding rate provided to licensees. It is proposed that the funding rate per person will increase from $1,556.12 to $1,602.80 for each full month the tenant receives care in the home. The daily funding rate per person (for periods less than a month) is proposed to increase from $51.16 to $52.69. Higher funding will help offset inflationary increases in operating costs and assist in moving toward best practices. This rate increase is planned to be effective on January 1, 2018 or the date the regulation is filed, whichever is later.
September 20, 2017