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The College is seeking your feedback on proposed changes to various fees. These changes will affect the fees paid by Applicants, Initial members, Academic members, General members and Non-Practising members.
To learn more, view the proposed changes, and to provide any comments via anonymous survey please click here.
The Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators (CAASPR), of which CASLPO is a member, has posted a Request for Proposal (RFP) for two Environmental Scans, as part of the Centralization and Capacity-Building Project online to MERX. A bidder will be selected to carry out these two scans through funding from Employment and Social Development Canada. MERX is an online tendering service which allows all levels of Government, as well as small, medium, and large-sized businesses in Canada to post opportunities, or bid on a contract. CAASPR’s RFP will be live on the MERX website until the closing date of March 31, 2017. To view the RFP, click here.
Colleges are making more information readily available because the public has the desire and the right to have immediate access to the information it needs about their healthcare provider. Collectively, the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario has a shared commitment to transparency in the health care system. This commitment has been demonstrated through activities dating back to December 2011 with the creation of a task force on accountability. CASLPO, as with other colleges, has fully cooperated with the ongoing Toronto STAR investigation stories. Last year, CASLPO amended its bylaws to make oral cautions public as issued to members by its Investigations, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC). This by-law affects all cases commenced after January 1, 2016. We have not yet had occasion to publish a caution under the new rules. The notation can be removed from a member’s public profile after two years upon application by a member to the Registrar. The Registrar has the discretion to remove the notation if he thinks the public notation no longer serves the public interest. This practice is in line with the great majority of other colleges. To read Toronto Star story, click here.
To review the report, click here.
Brian O’Riordan, Registrar
Since early 2015, the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario has been part of a special project to explore how to better protect patients through stronger oversight of clinics in Ontario. The Clinic Regulation Working Group conducted research into the issue, and held consultations to gather input from stakeholders and members of the dozen professional Colleges involved in the Working Group.
The Working Group decided to make a submission to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The submission brings awareness to the gap in public protection that currently exists, discusses alternative solutions, and calls on the Ministry to take action to address the gap.
The submission was formally sent to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins, on September 19, 2016. We understand that there are a number of competing priorities for the Ministry, but it is our hope that once they have had an opportunity to review the submission, they will be interested in exploring it further.
You can read the submission here.
On August 10th, the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) formally presented to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) their submissions for proposed legislative changes in the scopes of practice for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists.
OSLA is proposing access to several controlled acts including "communicating a diagnosis", as well as the removal of limitations that prevent members from making direct referrals to specialty medicine, such as ENTs. OSLA has kept CASLPO advised of the development of their submissions. CASLPO looks forward to making formal comments on the submissions in the near future. These changes, if agreed to by the Ministry of Health and enacted by the government, would result in changes to the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act, 1991, as well as many CASLPO practice standards.
For more information please visit: www.osla.on.ca
If you work in a multi-disciplinary team and are looking for a way to easily compare what is the same and what is different when it comes to record keeping, have a look at the online Inter-Professional Record Keeping Resource.
Get all the information you need in one place. This resource starts with the patient/client record and covers things like electronic records, using personal health information, financial records, record retention, leaving or closing a practice, record destruction and more.
Following months of media stories questioning whether regulatory Colleges, such as ours, are doing everything they can to be more transparent and effective concerning their complaint processes and outcomes, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care asked that Colleges share more information with the public and improve their approaches to transparency.
For CASLPO's response to the Minister, our transparency initiatives, and more information, click here.
To read, click here