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IPC issued new guidelines for disposing of electronic information

By Kate Dewhirst The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released new guidelines recently for  disposing of electronic media . These guidelines explain ... Read more

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Tips for clinicians dealing with insurance company requests

Clinicians must take care when answering requests for patient information from insurance companies, Toronto health lawyer  Kate Dewhirst tells  AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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CPSO publishes new draft policy on closing a medical practice

By Elyse Sunshine  and  Lonny Rosen The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is currently reviewing and updating its policy,  Practice ... Read more

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Review of discipline decision not available where right of appeal exists

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine   In this blog post, we summarize this case , a recent decision from the Ontario Divisional Court. Although the case ... Read more

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New funding good news for health organizations: Gleeson

TORONTO — For the third straight day, Ontario's Liberal government, which is facing an election in about two months, pledged to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on ... Read more

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Access, quality of information key for non-profit boards

Boards of non-profit and charitable organizations would best be served if they established online portals for members to access key information when needed, as well ... Read more

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Tracking privacy breaches in 2018 – tools and tips

By Kate Dewhirst I’ve delivered five team privacy training sessions for health care groups this month all over the province. One thing that has everyone talking is the ... Read more

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Medical affairs leaders play a vital role

Medical affairs leaders make up an important element of the health-care system that the public hears little about, says Toronto health lawyer  Kate Dewhirst . ... Read more

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Courts wary of ‘ghostwritten’ expert reports

By Elyse Sunshine  and  Lonny Rosen In recent years, there have been a number of court decisions dealing with the role of an expert in litigation. The addition ... Read more

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Managing volatile situations in health care

By Kate Dewhirst Health care organizations of all shapes and sizes deal with volatile situations involving patients (or clients or residents) and family members or ... Read more

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Guidelines for patients recording doctor visits

Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine tells CTV News that it’s prudent for doctors to establish a clear policy around patients who want to record their medical visits. ... Read more

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Remedial agreement appropriate where concerns are acknowledged

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine   This case  involved a complaint about the care provided by a psychiatrist to the applicant’s son over the ... Read more

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Four new health privacy decisions of the IPC released

By Kate Dewhirst On Friday, Jan. 12, the  Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario  released four new decisions. Here is my updated summary of all ... Read more

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Complaints process not forum to seek action for failure to pay judgment

By Elyse Sunshine  and  Lonny Rosen A  recent decision  of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) serves as a reminder that not every type ... Read more

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Sexual abuse case a cautionary tale for physicians

An unusual disciplinary case against a physician shows how broadly medical regulators interpret doctor-patient relationships, Toronto health lawyer  Lonny Rosen ... Read more

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Bill 87: changes around complaints against health professionals

Physicians and other health professionals need to be aware that the rules have changed around complaints and other regulator inquiries into their clinical practice, says Toronto ... Read more

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The importance of training for health boards

Training helps health boards avoid common misconceptions around dispute resolution and how to deal with conflicts of interest, says Toronto health lawyer Kathy O’Brien . ... Read more

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Dewhirst designs assessment tool for lawyers to reach their goals

Too many lawyers are dissatisfied with their careers, and need help changing direction and gaining control over their lives, says Toronto health lawyer and coach  Kate ... Read more

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Physicians’ obligations when transferring a patient’s care

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine   A recent decision  by the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) provides guidance on a ... Read more

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The importance of the carefully drafted RFP

Planning and careful consideration for the goods and services that are required for Ontario hospitals and other health institutions help ensure a smooth procurement process so the ... Read more

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