November 2020

Join us at the CADA AGM November 17

We’ve got a great line-up of speakers to keep you informed and on top of your game. Register here

  1. Kendra Shaw MacLean, Senior Policy Advisor, Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB Canada)
  2. Weesie Walker, Executive Director, NRRTS
  3. Chris Milo, President, Medical Surgical Dealers Association (MSDA, Alberta)
  4. Phil Mundy, Executive Director, and Robert Boscacci, Director, Home Medical Equipment Dealers Association (HMEDA, BC)

Join CADA as a Member

All CADA members have a vote and if you are an independent retailer your annual cost is just $295. Join CADA’s Vendor Council at no extra charge and take the lead in shaping CADA’s government relations priorities in Ontario. 

The Ontario Vendors Council is the advising body to CADA for government and stakeholder relations issues and priorities.

ADP Update

No Changes Planned for Procurement Model

Some vendors have expressed concern that ADP could move to a direct to manufacturers procurement model. We put the question directly to David Schachow at ADP in our monthly meeting with ADP leadership, and we are informed that no such plan is in the works.

Great News about ADP- Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction

The latest release from Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction notes that the upcoming e-submissions portal will reduce turnaround time on applications and payment to 1-2 weeks.

The portal will launch for assistive devices in early January. Please join us January 28 for an update on the program launch and live Q&A with David Schachow, Interim Director ADP

CADA’s advocacy efforts with ADP and the Ministry of Health significantly contributed to this commitment from the Ontario government. This leap in technology and process improvement will make the ADP application and approval process much faster, less prone to error, and substantially improve cash flow for vendors. The e-submissions portal has been in the works for some time now, but it has now been fast-tracked, responding to the government relations outreach from CADA and our ADP Stakeholders Coalition.

  • In the past few months CADA has won 8 major concessions for vendors; with MoH, ADP, and ODSP/ACDS
    1. ADP has fast-tracked the e-submissions portal project, and the government has made a commitment to a dramatic decrease in processing time
    2. We received explicit approval for virtual assessments from ADP
    3. MoH is not pursuing an aggressive payment schedule for interim payments
    4. ADP cleaned up the backlog from their temporary shutdown, and significantly improved application processing turnaround by streamlining processes and bringing in extra resources.
    5. We received a delay in the reduced walker/rollator price structure until January 2021
    6. We received explicit approval for virtual diagnosis and repairs with ODSP/ACDS
    7. We received explicit approval for virtual assessments from ADP
    8. Vendors were included in the list of essential services; allowing us to continue to work through the pandemic

CADA formed and leveraged a Stakeholder Coalition of client and professional based agencies to support bringing attention to the issues listed above. This Coalition will continue to be helpful for CADA in all future endeavours with ADP and the Ontario Government

  • Coming up next, CADA is working on these priorities:
    1. ADP Interim Payment Reconciliation: Ensuring a manageable repayment schedule for the payback of interim payments
      • We expect a reasonable grace period before payments start
      • We expect a manageable repayment period, tied to revenue
    2. Online Submission of ADP Applications. This is something we’ve advocated for and now that it has been promised for January, our objective is to ensure an efficient online process to submit applications
      • CADA is advocating for a recognized task force of Ontario Vendors and Authorizers to provide input to ADP on the e-Submission project
    3. ADP Audits: Providing a 3rd party arbitrator for ADP audits
      • There is no impartial arbitrator, and this must change. We’re advocating for vendors to have access to an arms-length appeal process, managed by an unbiased arbitrator, that can render a binding decision
    4. Advocate for a pricing review with a strategy developed with input from the CADA Vendor Council
    5. Continue to build on the collaborative relationships developed at ADP, MOH and all levels of government as well as other funding agencies

CADA’s active stakeholder relations portfolio represents vendors’ interests to government and other stakeholders.

NRRTS Update

This certification program is coming to Canada with Canadian content, and will be launched at the CADA AGM later this month. This is a tremendous milestone for the industry that will increase credibility for our industry professionals. 

This has come to fruition as a result of a CADA’s initiative with NRRTS to create a certification that is relevant and valuable to Canadian vendors. Recent survey results suggest that the initial uptake from Canadian vendors will be very strong. 

CADA Directors Mike Longo and Steve Cranna sit on the Canadian advisory board for NRRTS.

CADA Ontario Vendors Council

This group of CADA member vendors meets monthly to discuss Ontario vendor issues and to provide direction to CADA’s government relations priorities in Ontario. 

The Council is also a critical source of feedback to ADP on new initiatives (like the e-submission portal) and policies.

CADA Board 2020

The 2020 slate of directors will go before the membership at the AGM on November 17th. Subject to a member vote, the new CADA board includes the following Directors.

  1. Jeff Preston (President), Motion
  2. Brian Fisher (Vice President), Pride
  3. Mike Longo (Treasurer), Sunrise
  4. David Courtney (Executive Committee), Access Abilities
  5. Steve Cranna, VGM
  6. Jamie Church, Ability Members Group
  7. Don MacKay, HME
  8. Jeremy Gainsbury, Permobil
  9. Rick Nori, Ki Mobility
  10. Dennis Mahoney, Align Home Health Care
  11. Nicholas Forrester, Motion Composites

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