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Bill 154 proposes long-awaited changes for not-for-profits

Ontario’s introduction of Bill 154, the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act will, if passed, allow the province’s not-for-profit sector to begin to modernize in the way ... Read more

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What does a privacy officer do in a health care organization?

By Kate Dewhirst I train privacy officers to understand their role. So, what does a privacy officer do for a health care organization? In Ontario, every health care ... Read more

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Reports about doctors double-billing aren’t telling the full story

Media reports highlighting complaints from patients and advocacy groups about physician double-billing are “misleading and alarmist,” says Toronto health lawyer ... Read more

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Health privacy, capacity key areas for family lawyers

Health privacy, capacity, regulatory issues and reporting obligations are just some of the health law issues that family lawyers will encounter in their practices, Toronto health ... Read more

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Review board: oral caution for problematic advertising unreasonable

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine In a  case involving a pharmacist , the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) recognized important ... Read more

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Dewhirst gives back to legal profession as a coach

As both a coach and advisor for a new Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) program, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst loves the interaction with fellow lawyers and helping them ... Read more

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The rise of telemedicine and the regulatory regimes that govern it

With the growth of telemedicine, hospitals and other health-care organizations should have policies in place to outline how best to use it to ensure they meet their regulatory ... Read more

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Do you know how to apologize?

By Kate Dewhirst A note popped into my inbox this morning from Michael Hyatt, who is an extraordinary business coach. The topic is “The anatomy of a true ... Read more

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Personal health information breaches: prevention, quick responses key

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine Canada has several laws in place to protect individuals’ private information, including personal health data. When a ... Read more

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The controlled act of psychotherapy

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine The controlled act The  Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991   (the RHPA) sets out 14 “controlled ... Read more

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Health privacy update – August 2017

By Kate Dewhirst The  Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario  has just released two new correction request decisions – 46 and 47 (dated June 2017 but ... Read more

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Medically assisted dying should be part of health-care decisions: Sunshine

Medically assisted dying for people who suffer from mental illness is a complicated issue, Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine tells Zoomer Radio. Providing ... Read more

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Dewhirst offers training in evolving health privacy compliance

The legal role and importance of a privacy officer is growing in every health-care facility and case law is now assessing financial penalties for non-compliance and errors, ... Read more

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Texas defamation suit picture of an online nightmare: Dykeman

A social media campaign by former clients that destroyed a Texas photographer's business is a "cautionary tale" of how quickly reputations and businesses can be ... Read more

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New obligations on custodians in event of privacy breach

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine Since the implementation of the  Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004  (PHIPA) in 2004, Health Information ... Read more

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Legal innovation – unlocking your creativity

By Kate Dewhirst The pressure to “innovate” is everywhere. Even though the practice of law is not exactly renowned for being cutting edge, as lawyers ... Read more

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Proposed amendments to Ontario's charity laws welcome: O'Brien

Proposed changes to Ontario's charity laws offer needed clarity when it comes to paying directors for any goods or services they provide, says Toronto health and ... Read more

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Nurse fails to accept full responsibility for past misconduct

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine A nurse applied to the College of Nurses of Ontario (the College) for his revoked registration to be reinstated. Unfortunately, his ... Read more

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The meaning of health law: Dewhirst

Practising health law is more than just acquiring a set of legal skills, it means immersing yourself in a discipline that goes to the heart of people’s lives, says Toronto ... Read more

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Managing everyday complaints in health care

By Kate Dewhirst I recently surveyed administrative and clinical team members at a family health team and discovered the top five issues that lead patients or families ... Read more

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