Professional staff leaves of absence – is your hospital prepared?

By Kate Dewhirst . Does your hospital explain to your professional staff members the rules about taking a leave of absence? Read more

“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 types of services include, for example, prescription refills and medical advice over the phone, providing copies of medical records, travel immunizations, elective cosmetic procedures, etc. Read more

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. Read more

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 Committee (the Committee) of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, provides guidance for veterinarians and indeed all health professionals regarding the importance of obtaining informed consent and record keeping. Read more

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

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 show how seriously the regulator takes offences involving dishonesty, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine . Read more

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 organizations to start tracking certain kinds of privacy breaches as of January 2018. Read more

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 critical for sector organizations to develop best practices, training tools and strategies to mitigate the risks and effectively deal with incidents when they occur. Read more

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 lawyer Lonny Rosen. Read more

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 Surgeons of Ontario (the College) took no action following a complaint against four dentists regarding their advertising practices, finding that the issues raised were essentially a business dispute that had already been arbitrated. The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) agreed. Read more

Professional staff succession planning

By Kate Dewhirst . Professional staff in hospitals are doctors, dentists, midwives and privileged staff nurse practitioners. Read more

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 Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) gathering. Read more

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 Ontario (the College) about the conduct of the veterinarian who treated him. While the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) found the Complaints Committee’s (the Committee) investigation to be adequate; it found that its ultimate disposition was unreasonable given the serious concerns involved. Read more

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 professionals keeping appropriate boundaries with the people they are treating, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine. Read more

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 Program (SCERP) regarding a parental capacity assessment (PCA) he completed in the context of contentious family law proceedings. The case provides some helpful guidance for all psychologists (and other professionals) to avoid missteps when conducting independent assessments. Read more