The Rehabilitative Care Alliance (RCA) is pleased to report it has received unanimous approval from Ontario’s 14 LHIN CEOs for a second two-year mandate that will run from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2017.

The RCA was established by the LHINs in April 2013 to effect positive changes in rehabilitative care that focus on supporting improved patient experiences and clinical outcomes and enhancing the adoption and effectiveness of clinical and fiscal priorities.

That work will come to a close next month when the RCA issues its final report to the LHINs based on a set of deliverables that addressed five priority areas of focus (Capacity Planning & System Evaluation, Definitions, Frail Senior/Medically Complex, Outpatient/Ambulatory, and Planning Considerations for Re-classification of Rehab/CCC Beds).

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The Rehabilitative Care Alliance has demonstrated its ability to bring multiple stakeholders together with a shared vision to create standardized processes and frameworks to improve rehabilitative care in Ontario. This second mandate will enable the Alliance to further support Local Health Integration Networks and health service providers in transforming rehabilitative care locally, while creating greater standardization across the province in the way we plan and deliver care.

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In keeping with the approach used by the RCA during successful completion of its first mandate, the RCA’s work will continue to be informed by evidence and data, as available, and by extensive provincial stakeholder engagement and input into the final deliverables. The course of work during the RCA’s second mandate will fall under three main pillars:

  • Continue to support LHINs and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care with Assess and Restore (A&R) related initiatives; participate as partners in knowledge exchange related to implementation of the A&R Guideline and associated funding.
  • Provide project management support to the LHINs to guide their implementation of the standardized RCA tools, processes and frameworks developed through the first mandate.
  • Support implementation of existing quality-based procedures (QBPs) through identification of standardized rehabilitative care best practices across QBP handbooks (where not already defined).

The second mandate will allow for continuity in planning as the RCA continues to build upon the tremendous progress made to date in supporting transformation of rehabilitative care across Ontario.

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