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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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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 ... Read more

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Review board finds complaints committee decision to be unreasonable

By Elyse Sunshine  and  Lonny Rosen This case  involved the death of a beloved dog and a complaint made by his owners to the College of Veterinarians of ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more

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Case provides guidance for psychologists

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine   A psychologist (Dr. A) was cautioned, provided advice, and was required to complete a Specified Continuing Education and Remediation ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more

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Nurse punished for Facebook post appealing fine and costs order

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen A nurse in Saskatchewan who is facing a $1,000 fine and a $25,000 costs order after using social media to complain about her ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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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