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Tracking privacy breaches in 2018 – tools and tips

By Kate Dewhirst I’ve delivered five team privacy training sessions for health care groups this month all over the province. One thing that has everyone talking is the ... Read more

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Medical affairs leaders play a vital role

Medical affairs leaders make up an important element of the health-care system that the public hears little about, says Toronto health lawyer  Kate Dewhirst . ... Read more

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Courts wary of ‘ghostwritten’ expert reports

By Elyse Sunshine  and  Lonny Rosen In recent years, there have been a number of court decisions dealing with the role of an expert in litigation. The addition ... Read more

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Managing volatile situations in health care

By Kate Dewhirst Health care organizations of all shapes and sizes deal with volatile situations involving patients (or clients or residents) and family members or ... Read more

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Guidelines for patients recording doctor visits

Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine tells CTV News that it’s prudent for doctors to establish a clear policy around patients who want to record their medical visits. ... Read more

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Remedial agreement appropriate where concerns are acknowledged

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine   This case  involved a complaint about the care provided by a psychiatrist to the applicant’s son over the ... Read more

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Four new health privacy decisions of the IPC released

By Kate Dewhirst On Friday, Jan. 12, the  Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario  released four new decisions. Here is my updated summary of all ... Read more

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Complaints process not forum to seek action for failure to pay judgment

By Elyse Sunshine  and  Lonny Rosen A  recent decision  of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) serves as a reminder that not every type ... Read more

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Sexual abuse case a cautionary tale for physicians

An unusual disciplinary case against a physician shows how broadly medical regulators interpret doctor-patient relationships, Toronto health lawyer  Lonny Rosen ... Read more

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Bill 87: changes around complaints against health professionals

Physicians and other health professionals need to be aware that the rules have changed around complaints and other regulator inquiries into their clinical practice, says Toronto ... Read more

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Dewhirst designs assessment tool for lawyers to reach their goals

Too many lawyers are dissatisfied with their careers, and need help changing direction and gaining control over their lives, says Toronto health lawyer and coach  Kate ... Read more

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Physicians’ obligations when transferring a patient’s care

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine   A recent decision  by the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) provides guidance on a ... Read more

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The importance of the carefully drafted RFP

Planning and careful consideration for the goods and services that are required for Ontario hospitals and other health institutions help ensure a smooth procurement process so the ... Read more

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Controlled act of psychotherapy restricted after transition period

Practitioners of psychotherapy have just under two years to register with a regulated professional body after the provincial government finally added the practice to its list of ... Read more

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Summary judgment motion inappropriate for expert qualification challenge

By Elyse Sunshine  and  Lonny Rosen In a dental malpractice claim , the defence moved for summary judgment after the defendant’s (the dentist) examination ... Read more

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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? Remember: professional staff members may include ... Read more

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“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 ... Read more

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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. You know you need to use social media platforms to ... Read more

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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 ... Read more

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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

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