Ontario's Community Care Access Centres' Three Recommendations to
Improve our Health Care System
TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario's Community Care Access Centres
(CCACs) today released a new paper that identifies three specific and
strategic opportunities that, if acted upon, will help accelerate Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care towards value-based, outcome-oriented health care in Ontario. The Action Plan was first announced on January 30, 2012 by Ontario Minister of Health
and Long-Term Care, Deb Matthews.
The CCACs' new paper entitled, Accelerating Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care, is a commitment to Ontario to support the positive transformation of
the health care system. True health system integration arises from the
care needs of individuals and the functions of the various players who
consider how collaboratively working together will achieve optimal
health system goals. Following this approach, CCACs are driven to
improve quality of care throughout the system.
The CCACs' three recommendations for functional reform keep the needs of
clients and a healthier population for Ontario top of mind. Here is how
CCACs can help make healthy change happen in Ontario:
Integrate family health care into the Local Health Integration Networks
(LHINs) through a robust care coordination model
Focus on the complex needs of an aging population through cross-system
Drive quality and accountability through innovative patient-based
"CCACs are already contributing to moving the Action Plan ahead by working with primary care providers to provide proactive
integrated service delivery," says Margaret Mottershead, CEO, Ontario
Association for Community Care Access Centres (OACCAC). "We agree with
the integration of family health care into the LHINs and are eager to
play a role, as care coordinators, in shaping and supporting a model
that brings planning and accountability for the full patient journey
under the LHINs."
Committed to supporting and strengthening functional integration
alongside health system partners, CCAC are working closely with the
LHINs in order to deliver truly patient-centred care. CCACs are
uniquely positioned to weave the system together so that we
successfully wrap care around the most vulnerable members of our aging
population. Leveraging the CCACs' work with complex seniors and
building on it to address admission and readmission of seniors to the
hospital can begin to drive Ontario's Senior Strategy.
Finally, as more procedures are moved into the community and more people
are receiving care at home instead of in the hospital or long-term
care, functional reform becomes an essential component for
outcome-oriented patient-based funding that will ensure better patient
care and better value from our health care dollars.
"Investing in home and community care is key to the vision of right care
in the right place at the right cost and the Action Plan becoming a reality," added Mottershead. "We must keep in mind that time
is short to make a difference. We must act now."
View the full summary of the recommendations in Accelerating Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care
About Community Care Access Centres (CCACs):
CCACs provide services in the home and the community for over 600,000
Ontarians annually. They give Ontarians a single point of access and
connection to the most appropriate health care services to meet their
individual needs, ensuring the right care in the right place at the
About the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres (OACCAC):
The OACCAC serves as the collective voice for the contribution made by
Ontario's CCACs - key players within a sustainable integrated health
care system. The OACCAC fosters strategic alliances within the health
care system while continuously delivering high quality shared services
to members and health care partners.
SOURCE Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres
For further information:
Director, Communications & Marketing
Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres