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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

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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

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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

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Health college not appropriate forum to resolve business dispute

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine   Read more

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Professional staff succession planning

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

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Hospitals and their foundations: the importance of communication

The importance of regular communication between hospitals and their foundations cannot be overstated to avoid disputes about how best to use money raised in the community, says Toronto health lawyer Kathy O’Brien . Read more

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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

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Review board finds complaints committee decision to be unreasonable

By Elyse Sunshine  and  Lonny Rosen Read more

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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

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Health professionals deserve the same privacy rights as all citizens

Thanks to successful lobbying by Ontario nurses, the personal health information of physicians and other health professionals remains protected because a highly contentious part of Bill 87 was removed before the law was enacted, says Toronto health lawyer Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd . Read more

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Case provides guidance for psychologists

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine   Read more

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Youth and medical assistance in dying: the complexities

With Canadian pediatricians saying they are increasingly being asked about medical assistance in dying (MAiD) for some patients under 18, Toronto health lawyer  Mary Jane Dykeman  tells  The Lawyer’s Daily  that physicians need to be equipped with the correct information about what the current legislative scheme permits. Read more

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Bill 154 suggests ONCA may finally be proclaimed

Governance improvements offered by Ontario's omnibus Bill 154  — the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act — signal the province is ready to bring meaningful change for not-for-profit organizations' regulatory regime, says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson . Read more

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Nurse punished for Facebook post appealing fine and costs order

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen Read more

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Have you looked at your professional staff rules, regulations lately?

By Kate Dewhirst Back in the 1980s and 90s, many hospitals published medical staff “rules and regulations.” And in some cases, that package then went dormant as hospital-wide policies and procedures were introduced. Read more

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Medical residents: the need to address regulatory difficulties early

It's critically important for medical residents who find themselves in academic or professional difficulty to address the problem early and head-on, says Toronto health lawyer  Lonny Rosen .  Read more

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The importance of clear mission, vision and value statements

Health-care organizations need to have clear, emotionally resonant mission, vision and value statements to guide them through their greatest challenges, says Toronto health lawyer  Kate Dewhirst . Read more

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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 it has wanted to for years, says Toronto health lawyer Kathy O’Brien . 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? 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 Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd . Read more

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