Yes. Clinic-based physiotherapy services for chronic diseases are funded if all the eligibility criteria are met.
Under the EOC funding model, the physiotherapy services funded are assessment, diagnosis and treatment to improve, develop or rehabilitate physical function and promote mobility lost or impaired as a result of a debilitating event or disease, pain, injury or surgical procedure. This would apply to chronic diseases such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis.
As part of the assessment, the physiotherapist and the patient will identify therapeutic objectives or goals for treatment. Once the therapeutic objectives identified in the treatment plan have been achieved, or when any reasonably equivalent gains could be achieved through self-care, an exercise or falls prevention, activation, or similar program, or when no further gains are likely to be achieved from continuing the physiotherapy services, patients are discharged from their EOC. Clinics are to provide each patient with information on self-management and/or local programs including exercise, falls prevention, activation, or similar programs, as appropriate and the patient’s referring provider with appropriate discharge reporting.
The Ministry is also working with LHINs to compile information on local programs and resources so that this information is available for patients and providers to facilitate referrals and transfers after patients have completed their EOC.