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“Uninsured Services: Billing and Block Fees Policy” approved by CPSO

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine   “Uninsured services” are physician services not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). These ... Read more

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ONCA update — government targeting early 2020 for proclamation

By Kathy O'Brien The Ontario Legislature passed Bill 154, the  Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017,  on November 14. Bill 154 effected changes to non-profit ... Read more

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Stop and think before you post the following on social media

By Kate Dewhirst If you are a health care leader, at some point you have wondered about the risks of social media. You know you need to use social media platforms to ... Read more

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Written consent and proper record keeping key for veterinarians

By Elyse Sunshine  and  Lonny Rosen A recent case  before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (Board), confirming a decision of the Complaints ... Read more

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Physicians and the value of performance reviews

Hospitals should use annual physician performance reviews to deal with persistent shortcomings before they escalate, says Toronto health lawyer  Kate Dewhirst .  ... Read more

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Medical regulator views offences involving dishonesty as serious

The nine-month licence suspension and formal reprimand for professional misconduct that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario imposed on a Canadian sports doctor ... Read more

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Guidelines require healthcare organizations to track privacy breaches

By Kate Dewhirst The  Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario  released new guidelines that will come into effect March 2019 but require healthcare ... Read more

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Violence against health-care workers a growing problem

With incidents of violence against health-care workers by patients and their families seemingly on the rise, Toronto health lawyer  Mary Jane Dykeman  says it’s ... Read more

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Outcomes illustrate impact of tone, content of responses to complaints

The content and tone of how health professionals respond to any complaint or investigation into their conduct can affect the disposition of the regulator, says Toronto health ... Read more

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Health college not appropriate forum to resolve business dispute

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine   In  a recent case , the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (Committee) of the Royal College of Dental ... Read more

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Professional staff succession planning

By Kate Dewhirst Professional staff in hospitals are doctors, dentists, midwives and privileged staff nurse practitioners. Does your hospital have a plan to deal with ... Read more

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Hospitals and their foundations: the importance of communication

The importance of regular communication between hospitals and their foundations cannot be overstated to avoid disputes about how best to use money raised in the community, says ... Read more

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Coaching creates pathways to magic: Dewhirst

The coaching process of goal setting and strategizing is the fastest way to create momentum and change in your life, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst  recently told a Law ... Read more

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Review board finds complaints committee decision to be unreasonable

By Elyse Sunshine  and  Lonny Rosen This case  involved the death of a beloved dog and a complaint made by his owners to the College of Veterinarians of ... Read more

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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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