The government also plans to increase fees for physicians conducting home interviews so that doctors can charge OHIP for the first time for patient visits via e-mail or telephone. Both the agreement and the impact of the MOU on future negotiations between oma and the ministry will undoubtedly be significant beyond Ontario`s borders, due to similar tensions between doctors and governments in other provinces. In Alberta, for example, tariff negotiations between doctors and the provincial government have been deadlocked since last year, and in November, Alberta doctors rejected rate changes that would have been unilaterally imposed on them by the Alberta government. A growing trend in the direction of physicians and hospitals is linked to professional services agreements (« PSA »). An PPE is generally defined as a financial relationship between a medical practice and a hospital where the medical practice remains an autonomous unit, but where doctors are compensated by the hospital at fair value for their professional services. Among the basic components of a traditional PPE: Although the strategic objectives of each practice and hospital are different and should be taken into account, PSA can offer hospitals and physicians a viable option to achieve their strategic goals. If you have any further questions or would like more information about PSAs, please contact the experts below at (800) 270-9629. On November 13, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Ontario government (the « government ») tentatively agreed on a new medical service agreement (the « agreement »).  Last weekend, December 9, 2012, OMA announced that the agreement had been ratified by the province`s doctors. Nearly 21,000 Ontario doctors voted in the referendum, and 81% of voters accepted the agreement.
About 84% of the province`s doctors voted in the referendum, the highest turnout in the history of the OMA. The government`s regulatory changes included the reduction in fees for 37 medical services as part of OHIP`s pricing plan, which the government estimated would save $338 million in 2012-13. The rate reductions, which occurred in May 2012 (but retroactively to April 1, 2012), focused on highly paid specialists such as radiologists, ophthalmologists and cardiologists. The rate reductions included:  For more information, see: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, press release, « OHIP Fee Update to Improve Patient Care » (May 7, 2012), Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care .