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Prescribing antipsychotics in long-term care homes: report

A recently released Health Quality Ontario (HQO) report prompts a welcome discourse about the circumstances in which antipsychotic medications are administered in long-term care, says Toronto health lawyer  Mary Jane Dykeman .  Read more

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ECFAA provides broader oversight of patient care

Ontario’s Excellent Care for All Act has placed more emphasis on the role of hospital boards and executives in the oversight of patient quality of care, says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson . Read more

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Dental College first to pass bylaw

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Dentists responsible for fees billed in their name: Board

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Patient privacy under intense scrutiny

The ability to safeguard patient privacy and the confidentiality of the records held by health-care providers is under immense scrutiny, says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman .  Read more

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The push for transparency

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Nurse's request for closed-door hearing an uphill battle

In today’s age of transparency, it will be difficult for a lawyer to successfully argue that a nurse accused of snooping through the health records of roughly 300 patients should receive a closed-door disciplinary hearing, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine . Read more

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A need for sexuality policies in long-term care homes?

A recent case in Iowa that focused on questions about when a person is no longer mentally capable of consenting to sex highlights important legal issues that are becoming increasingly important in Canada’s aging population, says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman . Read more

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Decision raises questions about a child's consent to treatment

By Mary Jane Dykeman A case that has received recent scrutiny relates to the vaccination of a child when one parent wishes it to occur and the other opposes it. The case, C. M.G. v. D.W.S. , 2015 ONSC 2201 (CanLII), involves a dispute between parents of a 10-year - old girl and raises a host of questions about how family law issues intersect with health care consent to treatment. Read more

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Stress management is all about time management

For Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst , keeping stress levels under control is all about time management and planning. Read more

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When a patient's access to care conflicts with a doctor's beliefs

While it is well established that a physician owes a duty to his or her patients, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has changed its policy on doctors and the Human Rights Code to outline what happens when this duty conflicts with the physician’s own value system, Toronto health lawyers Lonny Rosen  and Elyse Sunshine write in Lawyers Weekly .  Read more

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Webinar to provide insight on physician-assisted suicide laws

On April 24, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will be part of an expert panel to provide an update on the law around physician-assisted suicide following the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision in Carter v. Canada . Read more

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Recommendations for QCIPA a good step forward

The recommendations made by the Quality of Care Information Protection Act (QCIPA) Review Committee are a positive start to bringing about change to the legislation, says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson . Read more

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Prevention of privacy breaches: Guidance from the Commissioner

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Psychotherapy Act, 2007 proclaimed in force: the implications

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Colleges disclosing more info is a 'significant' change

The drive for more transparency by the colleges that oversee health professionals in Ontario is understandable, but making more information public won’t necessarily improve the regulation of those practitioners, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells Law Times .  Read more

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Canadian couple sues sperm bank

Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson thought they were opting for a highly educated man with an ``impressive health history'' when they selected a donor from a U.S.-based sperm bank to start their family. Read more

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Dykeman to chair Osgoode healthcare privacy program

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will chair the upcoming 2015 Legal Guide to Privacy and Information Management in Healthcare program, run by Osgoode Professional Development. Read more

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Christian doctors challenge Ontario college's new referral policy

TORONTO – Doctors with religious or moral objections to procedures such as abortion and assisted suicide should not be forced to provide referrals that will facilitate them, a group of Christian doctors argues in a court filing. Read more

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Careful management of a privacy breach a must

It’s important for privacy officers and all health information custodians to obtain legal advice and to tread carefully when dealing with privacy breaches or investigations, says Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen . Read more

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