Transforming Musculoskeletal Care

The Central Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN) is committed to improving quality, access and appropriateness of care for people with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. One way we are working to improve care for musculoskeletal conditions is through the implementation of a new model of care; MSK Central Intake, Assessment and Management - a centralized referral system for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. Referrals for primary hip and knee arthroplasty are the first type of MSK surgery to be processed under the new Central Intake, Assessment and Management system. 

The centralized intake system for primary hip and knee joint arthroplasty for the region’s ¬≠five Rapid Access Clinics (RACs) includes: Humber River Hospital, Mackenzie Health, Markham Stouffville Hospital, North York General Hospital and Southlake Regional Health Centre.

Benefits of the new model include: Physiotherapist working with an older female patient

  • Timely access to care
  • Comprehensive assessments
  • Individualized education and treatment advice
  • Self-management support
  • Reassessments as needed

Read the MSK Central Intake Fact Sheet for more information.

Over time the MSK Central Intake, Assessment and Management model will expand to include pathways for all other MSK conditions.

Information for Primary Care Physicians

All primary care physicians are required to fax referrals for primary hip and knee joint arthroplasty to a centralized fax number: 855-346-9136.

Referral form for Orthopaedic Consultation - Knee and Hip Arthritis Management