Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team

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The Muskoka and area is proud to be announced as one of the inaugural communities in Ontario to move forward with establishing an Ontario Health Team. On December 6, 2019, the Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, announced the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team (MAOHT) as one of the first teams in the province to implement a new model of organizing and delivering health care. This model better connects patients and providers in their communities to improve patient outcomes, improve population health, sustain the health care system, and improve clinical staff experience.

Please note that at this time there will be NO immediate changes to any care, and we are dedicated to communicating all changes as we move forward


MAOHT Update

On December 6th 2019, The Minister of Health made an announcement will enable the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team to move forward with planning its early initiatives. This work focusses on a priority population, based on data demonstrating a need to better integrate care for an aging population and provide more seamless transitions:

  • Adults 65+ who are receiving care from two or more provider partners.

The provider partners in Muskoka and Area have a long history of working together to deliver care to their population. The MAOHT is a collaboration of Muskoka and area health and social service partners and includes representation from 15 organizations, reflecting primary care, home care, hospitals, community agencies, long-term care, mental health, and the District Municipality of Muskoka.

Organizational partners and collaborators include a full spectrum of health and community organizations:

  • Algonquin Family Health Team
  • Alzheimer's Society of Muskoka
  • CarePartners Muskoka
  • Closing the Gap Health Care
  • Community Mental Health Association (CMHA) Muskoka-Parry Sound
  • Cottage Country Family Health Team
  • District of Muskoka (Paramedics, Health Links, the Pines Long-Term Care
  • Family Physicians in Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville
  • Hands The Family Help Network
  • Muskoka Algonquin Health Care (MAHC) Medical Staff
  • Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC)
  • Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services
  • North East Home and Community Care
  • North Muskoka Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic
  • North Simcoe Muskoka Home and Community Care
  • Two Patient/Family/Caregiver Partner Steering Committee Members

Other supporters and collaborators include: Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Day Program, Muskoka Seniors, Community Living Huntsville, One Kid’s Place, Simcoe District Health Unit, Midwives of Muskoka, Paramed, local and neighbouring clinical professionals and many more.


Background

On February 26, 2019, the Ontario Government announced comprehensive changes to Ontario’s health care system and announced plans to begin organizing health care providers to work as one coordinated Ontario Health Team, focused on patients and specific local needs.

These teams would support continuous access to care and smooth transitions as patients move between one provider to another, and receive care in different locations or health care settings. Over time, Ontario Health Teams would provide seamless access to various types of health services.

The Government of Ontario has confirmed that, as Ontario Health Teams are established, people will continue to be able to choose who provides their care and will have more care choices available through technology. With safeguards in place to protect personal health information, patients will also have an option to securely access digital health services, such as having access to their electronic health records and options for virtual care.

Upon review of the initial self-assessment proposals from across the province, the Ministry invited the MAOHT to move forward immediately in the next phase of the Ontario Health Team application and selection process by submitting a full application. The self-assessment was completed in May 2019 with 31 proposals moving ahead from nearly 160 self-assessments that were submitted.

The MAOHT submitted its full application to the Ministry by the deadline, October 9, 2019.


About Us

The MAOHT Steering Committee is comprised of a group of individuals and organizations, many of whom were involved in the Muskoka and Area Health System Transformation (MAHST) project that was initiated in the fall of 2016. This has been a continuation of that grassroots planning process that engaged patients, health care providers, social service and community stakeholders in the development of a vision and recommendations for implementation of local health system transformation.

By integrating and organizing to deliver services locally under a collaborative partnership model, the Muskoka and Area OHT will provide seamless care for patients, families and caregivers.

The Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team will be committed to a vibrant and responsive local health care system, anchored in primary care and developed uniquely to meet the needs of local patients, families and caregivers. Through integration and collaboration, it will endeavour to share accountability, leverage innovation, embrace technology and relentlessly strive to be better. Working together as partners, the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team will build a quality-focused, equity-driven, outcomes-based, sustainable, health care system that will improve the well-being of all.

The MAOHT self-assessment outlines a plan to work towards long-term improvements in the overall health and well-being of the whole community, while balancing a short-term focus on improving access to care, transitions between care settings (including back into the home and in the community). Initially, in the first year the focus will be on the overall coordination of care for priority populations.

Those are:

Adults 65+ who are receiving care from two or more provider partners

While this transformation will take time, and more engagement with the community and with partner agencies is critical, at maturity MAOHT plans to serve the whole of Muskoka and Area with a long-term population health approach that builds on successful work in the community and strong partnerships.

Patient/Family/Caregiver, partner and clinical engagement is central to the success of this initiative and a key area of focus in next steps. The team is committed to meaningfully engaging patients, families, caregivers, front line health-care workers a broad array of partners and the communities we serve.

The Muskoka and area is proud to be announced as one of the inaugural communities in Ontario to move forward with establishing an Ontario Health Team. On December 6, 2019, the Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, announced the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team (MAOHT) as one of the first teams in the province to implement a new model of organizing and delivering health care. This model better connects patients and providers in their communities to improve patient outcomes, improve population health, sustain the health care system, and improve clinical staff experience.

Please note that at this time there will be NO immediate changes to any care, and we are dedicated to communicating all changes as we move forward


MAOHT Update

On December 6th 2019, The Minister of Health made an announcement will enable the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team to move forward with planning its early initiatives. This work focusses on a priority population, based on data demonstrating a need to better integrate care for an aging population and provide more seamless transitions:

  • Adults 65+ who are receiving care from two or more provider partners.

The provider partners in Muskoka and Area have a long history of working together to deliver care to their population. The MAOHT is a collaboration of Muskoka and area health and social service partners and includes representation from 15 organizations, reflecting primary care, home care, hospitals, community agencies, long-term care, mental health, and the District Municipality of Muskoka.

Organizational partners and collaborators include a full spectrum of health and community organizations:

  • Algonquin Family Health Team
  • Alzheimer's Society of Muskoka
  • CarePartners Muskoka
  • Closing the Gap Health Care
  • Community Mental Health Association (CMHA) Muskoka-Parry Sound
  • Cottage Country Family Health Team
  • District of Muskoka (Paramedics, Health Links, the Pines Long-Term Care
  • Family Physicians in Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville
  • Hands The Family Help Network
  • Muskoka Algonquin Health Care (MAHC) Medical Staff
  • Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC)
  • Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services
  • North East Home and Community Care
  • North Muskoka Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic
  • North Simcoe Muskoka Home and Community Care
  • Two Patient/Family/Caregiver Partner Steering Committee Members

Other supporters and collaborators include: Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Day Program, Muskoka Seniors, Community Living Huntsville, One Kid’s Place, Simcoe District Health Unit, Midwives of Muskoka, Paramed, local and neighbouring clinical professionals and many more.


Background

On February 26, 2019, the Ontario Government announced comprehensive changes to Ontario’s health care system and announced plans to begin organizing health care providers to work as one coordinated Ontario Health Team, focused on patients and specific local needs.

These teams would support continuous access to care and smooth transitions as patients move between one provider to another, and receive care in different locations or health care settings. Over time, Ontario Health Teams would provide seamless access to various types of health services.

The Government of Ontario has confirmed that, as Ontario Health Teams are established, people will continue to be able to choose who provides their care and will have more care choices available through technology. With safeguards in place to protect personal health information, patients will also have an option to securely access digital health services, such as having access to their electronic health records and options for virtual care.

Upon review of the initial self-assessment proposals from across the province, the Ministry invited the MAOHT to move forward immediately in the next phase of the Ontario Health Team application and selection process by submitting a full application. The self-assessment was completed in May 2019 with 31 proposals moving ahead from nearly 160 self-assessments that were submitted.

The MAOHT submitted its full application to the Ministry by the deadline, October 9, 2019.


About Us

The MAOHT Steering Committee is comprised of a group of individuals and organizations, many of whom were involved in the Muskoka and Area Health System Transformation (MAHST) project that was initiated in the fall of 2016. This has been a continuation of that grassroots planning process that engaged patients, health care providers, social service and community stakeholders in the development of a vision and recommendations for implementation of local health system transformation.

By integrating and organizing to deliver services locally under a collaborative partnership model, the Muskoka and Area OHT will provide seamless care for patients, families and caregivers.

The Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team will be committed to a vibrant and responsive local health care system, anchored in primary care and developed uniquely to meet the needs of local patients, families and caregivers. Through integration and collaboration, it will endeavour to share accountability, leverage innovation, embrace technology and relentlessly strive to be better. Working together as partners, the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team will build a quality-focused, equity-driven, outcomes-based, sustainable, health care system that will improve the well-being of all.

The MAOHT self-assessment outlines a plan to work towards long-term improvements in the overall health and well-being of the whole community, while balancing a short-term focus on improving access to care, transitions between care settings (including back into the home and in the community). Initially, in the first year the focus will be on the overall coordination of care for priority populations.

Those are:

Adults 65+ who are receiving care from two or more provider partners

While this transformation will take time, and more engagement with the community and with partner agencies is critical, at maturity MAOHT plans to serve the whole of Muskoka and Area with a long-term population health approach that builds on successful work in the community and strong partnerships.

Patient/Family/Caregiver, partner and clinical engagement is central to the success of this initiative and a key area of focus in next steps. The team is committed to meaningfully engaging patients, families, caregivers, front line health-care workers a broad array of partners and the communities we serve.