Primary Care

Managed Entry Program

On February 1, 2015, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announced the first list of areas of high physician need as part of Physician Services: Ten Point Plan for Saving and Improving Service. The plan provided for twenty new physicians per month to be eligible for entry into the Family Health Organization and Family Health Network compensation models in areas designated as high physician need. Similarly, participation in the Income Stabilization program was restricted to applicants in areas of high physician need.

The Ministry has since updated the list of areas of high physician need and has posted the list online at The updated list was compiled with input from Local Health Integration Networks and Health Force Ontario – Marketing and Recruitment Agency.

Changes to Publicly Funded Physiotherapy

Please click on the link below for information specific to physicians regarding changes to publicly-funded exercise and falls prevention classes for seniors in community settings in the Brant, Burlington, Haldimand and Niagara areas.

Notice: Diabetes Testing Report

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Ontario Diabetes Strategy’s Baseline Diabetes Dataset Initiative (BDDI) will be sending an updated Diabetes Testing Report (DTR) to participating primary health providers across the province in Summer/Fall 2012. Since its inception in May 2010, over 6,300 primary care providers have joined the initiative and received DTR listing testing dates for three key diabetes tests (blood glucose, cholesterol, retinal eye exam) for over 619,500 adult Ontarians with diabetes.

Improved management of diabetes can have significant benefits for individuals with diabetes and their families. The ministry is committed in its drive to help Ontarians living with diabetes, and the BDDI is an important part of this commitment. In Fall 2011, a public notice campaign ran online and in print media to notify Ontarians of the fourth wave of the BDDI. Similar to the three previous notices, this notice informed Ontarians about the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information as part of this important initiative. Copies of this notice and details regarding withdrawing or reinstating consent can be found at the ministry's website. More details about the Diabetes Testing Report and other information about the Ontario Diabetes Strategy can be found at or by calling 1-800-291-1405 (TTY: 1-800-387-5559).


Risk Screening

In June 2011, the HNHB LHIN Board approved funding under the Aging at Home Strategy for the Identification and Intervention for the Frail Elderly (High Risk Seniors) pilot project.

The goal of the project is early identification of those seniors who may need some type of support, either temporarily or ongoing, to assist them to remain in their own homes.

There are two components to the pilot:

Primary Care – Early Identification: In July 2011, nine family physicians in Burlington began using a screening tool in an attempt to identify high risk seniors. The screening tool utilizes a short questionnaire (4-6 questions) to identify individuals that may require some type of support services in their home. By identifying individuals who are at high risk of not remaining independent a variety of services can be provided, such as personal support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, housekeeping, and meals on wheels, to support them to remain living at home.

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Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner Initiative (GYONP)

The HNHB LHIN is pleased to share the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s announcement launching the updated Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner Initiative (GYONP).

The GYONP was developed in 2005-06 to address some of the challenges that communities face in recruiting Nurse Practitioners (NPs). The GYONP promotes NP recruitment by allowing health care organizations with vacant government of Ontario funded NP positions the flexibility to repurpose this funding.  Funding can be repurposed (or a portion thereof), to sponsor a Registered Nurse (RN) to complete her/his post-graduate Primary Health Care NP education, and subsequently fill a vacant NP position while fulfilling a return to service agreement. 

For an application form or program guidelines please visit the MOHLTC's GYONP webpage by clicking here.

LHINsight: Physician's Edition

This publication is designed to keep physicians informed of the Clinical Services Plan (CSP) along with other relevant HNHB LHIN initiatives.


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