The Locum Credentialing Application Program (LCAP) streamlines the administrative process to help physicians acquire appointments and privileges as a locum tenens in multiple public hospitals in Ontario.
The program was initially developed in 2005 by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO), in consultation with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), and the Ontario Region of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC).
In 2007, the program was expanded to include designated hospitals receiving locum coverage through the HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency (HFO MRA) Emergency Department Coverage Demonstration Project (EDCDP). Since then, most of the LCAP activity has been related to EDCDP.
The OHA and HFO MRA have agreed to consolidate LCAP under a single organization to enhance its delivery and therefore effective April 1, 2010, HFO MRA is responsible for the management and administration of LCAP for hospitals and physicians both in and outside of EDCDP.
To participate, physicians are required to complete one LCAP form annually, including accompanying documentation. At the request of a participating hospital which specifically identifies a physician, this completed LCAP document will be sent to the hospital by HFO MRA. Hospitals then process these applications in accordance with the provisions of the Public Hospitals Act, the regulations thereunder, and the by-laws of the hospital.
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