Resources for Physicians

With the exception of primary care services provided through Community Health Centres (CHCs) - which are directly funded by and accountable to the LHINs, LHINs  do not have formal funding or planning authority for most primary care models. Regardless, both LHINs and primary care physicians regard the involvement of physicians in priority settings, strategy development and health system planning as being critical to the overall effectiveness of our health care system. 

The items below will give you access to the resources specifically made available for physicians. Feel free to visit the rest of our website for more information on the LHIN and how it is working to transform the local health system.

Central Intake and Rapid Access Clinic Pathways

Low Back Pain

A collaboration between the Central West Local Health Integration network (LHIN), Trillium Health Partners (THP) and William Osler Health System (Osler), the Central Intake and Rapid Access Clinic (RAC) pathway for low back pain is part of a province-wide initiative to streamline referrals and help improve access to high quality, appropriate low back pain care. This shared care model, which creates a single intake point for most low back pain referrals in the Central West LHIN, provides patients 18 years of age or older and experiencing low back pain for at least six weeks but no longer than a year, with improved access to the care they need.

Through this pathway, a team of trained advanced practice providers will assess patients and recommend treatment options. Benefits to both patient and practitioner include:

  • Timely access to comprehensive assessments
  • Improved self-management education supports for non-surgical patients
  • Improved access to specialists for patients requiring surgical consults
  • Streamlined referrals (as appropriate) for diagnostic imaging (X-ray, MRI etc.) 
  • Improved communication between patients, primary care providers, specialists and the RAC team.

All Primary Care Physicians and Nurse Practitioners working in family practices in the Central West LHIN must register for privileges to submit referrals through the new pathway. Once registered, you will receive an email (within 2 business days) that provides you with access to an online education module that will take 10-15 minutes to complete. The module provides additional information about the low back pain model of care and referral process. Once completed, you will be sent the referral form (within 2-3 business days) and instructions on its use. You can then begin referring patients right away. 

**Referral privileges will only be granted to those who have registered and completed the online education module.

To learn more about the low back pain Central Intake and RAC pathway, and to register, please refer to the following: 

Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

The Central Intake and Rapid Access Clinic (RAC) pathway for hip and knee osteoarthritis is part of a province-wide initiative to streamline referrals and help improve access to high quality, appropriate hip and knee osteoarthritic care. This shared care model, which creates a single intake point for hip and knee osteoarthritis referrals in the Central West LHIN, enables patients to visit a RAC for assessment within two to four weeks of referral.

Through this pathway, a team of trained advanced practice providers will assess patients and recommend treatment options. Benefits to both patient and practitioner include:

  • Timely access to comprehensive assessments
  • Improved self-management education supports for non-surgical patients
  • Improved communication between patients, primary care providers, specialists and the RAC team.

Primary care providers can refer patients to the Central Intake Program by either embedding the common referral form into their electronic medical record to submit by autofax, manually faxing the common referral form to 1-855-508-6692 or registering with Novari* to submit via eReferral. 

**The Central Intake Program is enabled by the Novari eReferral platform. If your practice or organization requires access,please submit the system access form to the Central West LHIN Helpdesk.

To learn more about the hip and knee osteoarthritis central intake and RAC pathway, please refer to the following:

Telehomecare

The Telehomecare program enables chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure (CHF) patients to manage care from the comfort of their own home. As part of the program, patients are wirelessly connected to nurses who provide remote monitoring and regular health coaching sessions to help these individuals better manage their conditions.

Patients continue to have appointments with their existing health care providers as needed, while working with dedicated nurses to set goals and learn how to manage their health through easy-to-use home monitoring equipment. The goals of Telehomecare include improving patient self-management, reducing emergency department visits and fewer hospital admissions.

To learn more about Telehomecare please see the resources below.

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