Dewhirst: building resilience for lawyers

Lawyers often feel pressure to be superhuman. It’s why their stress levels are through the roof, and why they need a new superpower — resilience, says Toronto health lawyer and coach Kate Dewhirst. Read more

Aging Boomers, dementia, and sexuality a potent mix: Dykeman

As the Baby Boomer cohort slides into their golden years there are myriad legal issues that arise, including dealing with dementia and sexual behaviour says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman. Read more

Four lessons I learned as an undercover patient

By Kate Dewhirst . Ok. I wasn’t really undercover. But I was a patient. Read more

Dabbling in narcotics prescribing, treating family member dangerous for physicians

A family doctor’s four-month suspension shows the danger of dabbling in narcotics prescribing and treating family members, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells Read more

Procurement team education boosts compliance, lowers risk in healthcare sector

A little bit of education can go a long way for procurement teams in the healthcare sector, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson tells Read more

What happens if departing employees have health records at home?

By Kate Dewhirst . Decision 69 of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario was recently released. Read more

Organizations have a duty to keep personal health information secure

Encryption is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to securing the personal health information of patients, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman tells CBC News . Read more

Expert guidance helps keep public procurements on track

It is important for public organizations to rely on experts who understand the legal implications of third parties procuring goods and services to make sure the agreements comply with the spider web of relevant legislation and trade agreements, says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson. Read more

Triage your work issues like client cases: Dewhirst

While lawyers are trained to advocate for their clients, they often fail to do it for themselves, says Toronto legal coach and health care lawyer Kate Dewhirst. Read more

Conducting supplier debriefings — is your organization consistent?

By Michael Gleeson . The Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive entitles unsuccessful proponents participating in a procurement valued at $100,000 or more to a supplier debriefing. A debriefing is an opportunity for a proponent to: Read more

Further clarity on meaning of controlled act of psychotherapy

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . The controlled act of psychotherapy was proclaimed in force on Dec. 31, 2017. Read more

New continuity of care ‘suite’ of policies open for consultation

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen. All physicians, especially family physicians, should be aware that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (the College) is seeking feedback on a ‘suite’ of new draft policies pertaining to continuity of care which is comprised of a foundational Continuity of Care draft policy (referred to as the umbrella policy), as well as four companion draft policies that set out expectations regarding: Availability & Coverage ; Managing Tests (this draft policy is a revision of the College’s current Test Results Management Policy) ; Transitions in Care ; and Walk-in Clinics . Read more

Defining death won't stop disputes over ventilation removal

A legislated definition of death would do little to prevent court challenges from family members who believe their loved ones are still alive after they've been declared neurologically dead by physicians, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman tells Read more

Compliance necessary with new Canada Free Trade Agreement

With the Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) in force for one year as of July 1, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson says it’s an apt time for public-sector health organizations to ensure they are in compliance with its requirements around procurement. Read more

Physician privileges case shows limited jurisdiction of HRTO

A case involving a physician illustrates the limited jurisdiction of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) over unfair — but not discriminatory — interference with hospital privileges, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells Read more