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Health professionals and patients: the need for appropriate boundaries

The disciplinary proceedings against an Ontario family physician who admitted to showing naked pictures of himself to patients highlights the importance of all health ... Read more

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Health professionals deserve the same privacy rights as all citizens

Thanks to successful lobbying by Ontario nurses, the personal health information of physicians and other health professionals remains protected because a highly contentious part ... Read more

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Case provides guidance for psychologists

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine   A psychologist (Dr. A) was cautioned, provided advice, and was required to complete a Specified Continuing Education and Remediation ... Read more

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Youth and medical assistance in dying: the complexities

With Canadian pediatricians saying they are increasingly being asked about medical assistance in dying (MAiD) for some patients under 18, Toronto health lawyer  Mary Jane ... Read more

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Bill 154 suggests ONCA may finally be proclaimed

Governance improvements offered by Ontario's omnibus Bill 154  — the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act — signal the province is ready to bring meaningful change ... Read more

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Nurse punished for Facebook post appealing fine and costs order

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen A nurse in Saskatchewan who is facing a $1,000 fine and a $25,000 costs order after using social media to complain about her ... Read more

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Have you looked at your professional staff rules, regulations lately?

By Kate Dewhirst Back in the 1980s and 90s, many hospitals published medical staff “rules and regulations.” And in some cases, that package then went dormant as ... Read more

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Medical residents: the need to address regulatory difficulties early

It's critically important for medical residents who find themselves in academic or professional difficulty to address the problem early and head-on, says Toronto health ... Read more

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The importance of clear mission, vision and value statements

Health-care organizations need to have clear, emotionally resonant mission, vision and value statements to guide them through their greatest challenges, says Toronto health ... Read more

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Bill 154 proposes long-awaited changes for not-for-profits

Ontario’s introduction of Bill 154, the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act will, if passed, allow the province’s not-for-profit sector to begin to modernize in the way ... Read more

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What does a privacy officer do in a health care organization?

By Kate Dewhirst I train privacy officers to understand their role. So, what does a privacy officer do for a health care organization? In Ontario, every health care ... Read more

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Reports about doctors double-billing aren’t telling the full story

Media reports highlighting complaints from patients and advocacy groups about physician double-billing are “misleading and alarmist,” says Toronto health lawyer ... Read more

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Health privacy, capacity key areas for family lawyers

Health privacy, capacity, regulatory issues and reporting obligations are just some of the health law issues that family lawyers will encounter in their practices, Toronto health ... Read more

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Review board: oral caution for problematic advertising unreasonable

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine In a  case involving a pharmacist , the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) recognized important ... Read more

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Dewhirst gives back to legal profession as a coach

As both a coach and advisor for a new Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) program, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst loves the interaction with fellow lawyers and helping them ... Read more

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The rise of telemedicine and the regulatory regimes that govern it

With the growth of telemedicine, hospitals and other health-care organizations should have policies in place to outline how best to use it to ensure they meet their regulatory ... Read more

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Do you know how to apologize?

By Kate Dewhirst A note popped into my inbox this morning from Michael Hyatt, who is an extraordinary business coach. The topic is “The anatomy of a true ... Read more

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Personal health information breaches: prevention, quick responses key

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine Canada has several laws in place to protect individuals’ private information, including personal health data. When a ... Read more

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The controlled act of psychotherapy

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine The controlled act The  Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991   (the RHPA) sets out 14 “controlled ... Read more

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Health privacy update – August 2017

By Kate Dewhirst The  Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario  has just released two new correction request decisions – 46 and 47 (dated June 2017 but ... Read more

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