2023

Compiling an inventory of bundled care options

Work is underway to develop an inventory of community clinics across Ontario that accept patients who receive bundled care. Through an applied Health Research Question to ICES, the RCA has obtained NACRS Clinic Lite data on rehab utilization, clinical features and patient-reported outcomes. The data is currently being analyzed and, over the next several months, […]

Thank you for your leadership: Dana Corsi

The Rehabilitative Care Alliance wishes to acknowledge the many contributions of Dana Corsi as she transitions from a leadership role at the RCA. In addition to her current roles as Regional Geriatric Rehab Lead for the North East Specialized Geriatric Centre (NESGC) and Advisor, Alternate Level of Care for Ontario Health, Dana has served as […]

RCA Welcomes New Chair

The Rehab Care Alliance is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Bayley will be assuming the role of Chair of the RCA. Dr. Bayley is Physiatrist-in-Chief & Program Medical Director at University Health Network – Toronto Rehab Institute. He is an accomplished health system leader, teacher and clinician scientist at KITE Research Institute and ICES, with […]

WEBINAR: Inpatient Rehab and CCC Funding: A Primer

The Rehabilitative Care Alliance (RCA) and Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) hosted a webinar on June 20th providing an overview of how rehabilitation and complex continuing care (CCC) beds are funded. This webinar provided details on the following: How rehab (NRS-reporting) and CCC (CCRS-reporting) beds are funded How the funding model for each bed type impacts […]

Supporting OHTs: realizing the potential of community-based rehab

In November, the RCA shared a briefing note on community-based rehabilitative care with our partners at the Ministry of Health and Ontario Health.  It included seven recommendations for action that, together, will help ensure rehabilitative care is truly leveraged to deliver optimal patient and system outcomes. To support the operationalization of these recommendations, the RCA […]

Standardizing specialized rehab across Ontario

The RCA has now finalized guidance documents to help standardize specialized rehab care across Ontario for ten patient populations: acquired brain injury, amputee, burn, cardiovascular, complex trauma, oncology, pediatric, pulmonary, spinal cord injury and stroke.  Previously identified by the University of Toronto’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation group alongside the GTA Rehab Network, these populations require […]

Updated bedded framework for rehabilitative care

With tremendous support and guidance from the Rehab Care Standards Task Group, the RCA has updated the RCA Framework for Bedded Levels of Rehabilitative Care. First developed in 2014, the framework has been a foundational resource since its inception and aims to establish provincial standards for rehabilitative levels of care across the continuum; clarify the […]

2021/22 system performance report and dashboard released

The RCA has released its 2021/22 Rehabilitative Care System Performance Report. This annual, high-level assessment of rehabilitative care across Ontario is designed to support evidence-based practice and system-wide improvement, with indicators addressing population health, patient experience, provider experience and value/efficiency. Notably, the 2021/22 report: captures data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic and reflects significant pandemic-related […]

Recently released: Rehabilitation Provider Experience Survey data

As part of its 2021/22 Rehabilitative Care System Performance  Report, the RCA recently released the results of its inaugural Rehabilitation Provider Experience Survey. Conducted last fall, it was the first rehab-focused survey to understand rehab provider experience and inform a future provincial health human resources rehabilitative care strategy.  Respondents were asked key demographic information, as well […]

Supporting provincial rehab workforce planning

An RCA task group recently completed an environmental scan of the current state of rehabilitative health human resources. The purpose of this document is to provide a high-level overview of the present realities of the rehabilitative care workforce and identify innovative models of care that could support greater recruitment, retention and rehabilitative care provider experience across health […]