Physicians must use caution when drafting patient fee letters

Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine says it’s nothing new for doctors to charge annual fees to cover uninsured services but it’s important for doctors to carefully word any requests for said fees to ensure patients understand what they cover. Read more

Dykeman to host health privacy webinar in Osgoode elder law series

On Jan. 14, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will present the first session in a seven-part webinar series on elder law, hosted by Osgoode Professional Development and chaired by Laura Tamblyn Watts. Read more

Mental health law evolving for patients, lawyers

Although mental health has been sheltered from public discourse for many years, this area of law has been changing significantly, creating many opportunities for advocacy, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman writes in Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Update on CPSO’s sexual abuse initiative

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . At its meeting on September 10 & 11, the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (“CPSO”) approved a number of additional measures in furtherance of its ongoing sexual abuse initiative. The key developments are summarized below. For a more detailed outline of all of the recent decisions and recommendations see the CPSO’s news release , backgrounder and Council Update . These new measures build upon the steps that were taken by Council at its meeting in May, which we previously covered here on our blog. Read more

Health-care transparency must have reasoned approach

In the push for more health-care transparency, Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine says there still needs to be a reasoned and practical approach about the information provided and the manner in which it is disclosed. Read more

Nurses’ college makes more information publicly available

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . As of September 15, 2015, all nurses became subject to new disclosure requirements. Nurses are now required to inform the College of Nurses of Ontario (the “College”) if they are registered or licensed to practise nursing in another jurisdiction, if any finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity has been made against them in another profession and/or jurisdiction, or if they are subject to any bail conditions that relate to their practice. In addition, Nurse Practitioners must notify the College if they hold professional privileges at any hospital or other health facility in Ontario. Read more

Withholding treatment in end-of-life cases

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . The Supreme Court of Canada’s seminal decision in Cuthbertson v. Rasouli , 2013 SCC 53 made it clear that physicians must obtain consent in order to withdraw life-sustaining treatment, even where the physicians believe the treatment to be futile or harmful to the patient. Following Rasouli , however, an important question remained unanswered – are physicians obliged to obtain consent to decline to provide life-sustaining treatment that they believe to be medically inappropriate. Put differently, are patients or their substitute decision-makers (“SDM”) able to demand the provision of life-sustaining treatment? Read more

Rosen to discuss health law at Advocates' Society Fall Conference

Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen will be speaking at this year’s Advocates’ Society Fall Convention, set to take place in Mexico later this month. Read more

Dykeman to provide insight into key issues in long-term care homes

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will present a primer on key issues in long-term care homes at the upcoming 2015 Guide to Advising the Elderly Client program, hosted by Osgoode Professional Development. Read more

Significant decision in hospital privacy breach case

The Supreme Court of Canada will not grant leave to appeal in a landmark privacy breach case at an Ontario hospital, say Toronto health lawyers Mary Jane Dykeman and Kate Dewhirst of DDO Health Law . Financial Post Read more

Three-day program to focus on health-sector privacy officer training

Toronto health law firm Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP (DDO Health Law) is offering three days of health sector privacy officer training this fall, featuring 20 hours of intensive instruction from leading legal educators in the field, DDO partners Mary Jane Dykeman and Kate Dewhirst . Read more

Required reporting, doubling fines may stem privacy breaches

The progression from paper files to shared electronic records is a likely reason why Ontario’s provincial government is aiming to put more teeth into legislation to protect patients’ privacy and keep their personal health information confidential, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman tells The Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Social media presence builds reputation as a reliable source

When it comes to social media, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen says the platforms can be used to share interesting content and present facts about his practice area. Read more

Arbitrator's decision on vaccine, mask policy key for hospitals

A new decision from an arbitrator — who says a “vaccine or mask” policy for nurses is unreasonable and therefore contrary to the Ontario Nurses’ Association collective agreement — has important implications that hospitals across the province will have to heed, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine . Read more

Significant amendments to Ontario’s health privacy legislation announced

It’s a significant step forward that Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced today amendments to its health privacy legislation, under the Health Information Protection Act , says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman . Legal Feeds Read more