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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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The importance of training for health boards

Training helps health boards avoid common misconceptions around dispute resolution and how to deal with conflicts of interest, says Toronto health lawyer Kathy O’Brien . ... 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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ONCA update — government targeting early 2020 for proclamation

By Kathy O'Brien The Ontario Legislature passed Bill 154, the  Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017,  on November 14. Bill 154 effected changes to non-profit ... 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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Medical regulator views offences involving dishonesty as serious

The nine-month licence suspension and formal reprimand for professional misconduct that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario imposed on a Canadian sports doctor ... Read more

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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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more

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Health college not appropriate forum to resolve business dispute

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine   In  a recent case , the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (Committee) of the Royal College of Dental ... 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. Does your hospital have a plan to deal with ... 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 ... Read more

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