New proposed regulation under the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010: Strengthening Quality Improvement Plans in Ontario's health care organizations
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Excellent Care for All Act, 2010
Summary of Decision:
Approved as proposed.
April 17, 2014
Summary of Proposal:
On June 8, 2010 the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010 (ECFAA) came into force. The principles of ECFAA place patients first by strengthening the health care system's organizational focus and accountability for delivering high quality patient care. ECFAA helps define quality for the health care sector, reinforces responsibility for quality of care, builds and supports boards' capability to drive quality of care, and increases publicly available information on health care organizations' commitment to quality.
ECFAA requires each health care organization to develop an annual quality improvement plan and make it available to the public.
As of this writing, the requirements under ECFAA apply to hospitals as defined by the Public Hospitals Act.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is proposing to make a Minister's regulation under ECFAA that is intended to strengthen Quality Improvement Plans in Ontario's health care organizations.
The regulation would:
1)Require each health care organization to engage patients and their caregivers in the development of its annual quality improvement plan
2)Require that every health care organization's annual quality improvement plan contain a description of the organization's patient engagement activities and an explanation of how these activities inform the development of the quality improvement plan
The MOHLTC is seeking comments on the proposed regulation. All comments received during the consultation period will be considered. Content of final regulations are at the discretion of the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, who may make changes as appropriate.
Health Quality Branch
Negotiations and Accountability Management Division
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
80 Grosvenor Street, Hepburn Block, 5th Floor Toronto ON M7A 1R3
September 1, 2015