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Three steps to influence organizational culture in health care

By Kate Dewhirst What is culture? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, culture is the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization. Read more

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Interpersonal difficulties with colleagues result in complaint, SCERP

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine Workplaces, including those in a health care environment, often include a variety of personalities that are not always complementary. Interpersonal difficulties with colleagues can arise in any workplace, but for regulated professionals, there is always a risk that these difficulties can lead to the regulator’s involvement – either through a complaint or mandatory report following disciplinary action. It is important, therefore, to ... Read more

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O'Brien lays out bricks and mortar of procurement rules

Health-sector organizations need not be concerned about imposing their own strict procurement rules on purchases made by most of their sub-contractors, says Toronto health lawyer Kathy O’Brien . Read more

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Health law collisions: immigration law

By Kate Dewhirst Health law is a discipline that focuses on the legal issues in health care, on representing the interests of recipients of health services or health care providers or the health sector and its businesses and goods and service providers, or government and its policymakers. Read more

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High-tech hospital procurements require more innovative process

As more hospitals rely on new innovations to provide patient care, there are special legal considerations around the procurement of these technologies, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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HPARB decision holds valuable lessons for dentists

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen A recent decision  of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) confirming a decision by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (the Committee) of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (the College) provides valuable lessons for all dentists. Read more

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Complainants must be named for case to proceed: Tremayne-Lloyd

Physicians who have launched a gender discrimination complaint against a Toronto-area emergency department chief must be willing to be identified if legal action is to take place, Toronto health lawyer  Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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Health professional misconduct hearings: How to dim the media spotlight

Health professionals charged with misconduct by their College should adopt a careful, strategic approach when dealing with the media, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine . Read more

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Democratizing health information

By Kate Dewhirst That sounds lofty, doesn’t it? Read more

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It's vital to show complaints panel a path to correct decision: Rosen

Health professionals subjected to a College investigation can go a long way towards avoiding serious consequences for minor complaints if they answer the complaint appropriately, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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Gaining confidence as a lawyer a three-step cycle: Dewhirst

One of the most valuable attributes a lawyer can have is confidence — but most do not know how to build or protect it, Toronto health lawyer and coach Kate Dewhirst , tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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Regulatory bodies’ role in policing professional designations

When medical practitioners tout false or misleading information about their professional designations, it puts the public at risk, Burlington health lawyer  Cathi Mietkiewicz  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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Court awards damages to physician dismissed from hospital

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a physician who was terminated without cause is entitled to damages despite any difficulties he may have had in the workplace, Toronto health lawyer  Lonny Rosen  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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Ignore complaints to college at your own peril: Sunshine

Health professionals need to pay close attention to complaints lodged against them with their college because the consequences can be dire, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine . Read more

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Shared-services boards rife with conflict of interest potential: O'Brien

Hospitals need to guard against conflicts of interest that can arise among the directors they nominate to sit on boards of shared-services organizations, Toronto health lawyer Kathy O’Brien  tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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SSOs create buying power for hospitals, fairness for vendors

The use of shared-service organizations (SSO) for the procurement of goods and services in the health sector can provide better value for money and a more transparent process, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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What should a dentist do if an instrument breaks during treatment?

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Read more

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Advice for health-care institutions on how to manage patient complaints

When patients complain, health-care facilities must avoid three common mistakes in how they respond, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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Privacy update – changes in managing privacy in health care

Privacy is such a dynamic area of law and health care that organizations need to pay attention to it constantly, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst . Read more

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Concepts health leaders need to know when interacting with police

By Kate Dewhirst I am often asked by health leaders what to do when police arrive and need information about patients. Read more

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