IPC issued new guidelines for disposing of electronic information

By Kate Dewhirst. The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released new guidelines recently for disposing of electronic media. Read more

Tips for clinicians dealing with insurance company requests

Clinicians must take care when answering requests for patient information from insurance companies, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst tells Read more

CPSO publishes new draft policy on closing a medical practice

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen . The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is currently reviewing and updating its policy, Practice Management Considerations for Physicians Who Cease to Practise, Take an Extended Leave of Absence or Close Their Practice Due to Relocation (the Current Policy), that sets out expectations for physicians with respect to the steps they should take before they stop practising medicine or in situations where they will not be practising for an extended period of time. Read more

Review of discipline decision not available where right of appeal exists

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . In this blog post, we summarize this case , a recent decision from the Ontario Divisional Court. Although the case specifically involved a physician’s appeal of a referral for professional remediation when he was a medical student, its outcome has a much broader application. Read more

New funding good news for health organizations: Gleeson

TORONTO — For the third straight day, Ontario's Liberal government, which is facing an election in about two months, pledged to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on health care, promising Thursday to tackle overcrowding and long waits in the province's hospitals. Read more

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 new requirement to track privacy breaches and report the statistics to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario in 2019. Read more

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

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 of Rule 53 to the Rules of Civil Procedure addressed some concerns raised by the litigation bar and courts alike, including affirming an expert’s duty to the court and fairness of the process. Read more

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 caregivers. Read more

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

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 course of eight years. Read more

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. Read more

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 of complaint that a person may have about a regulated health professional is suitable to raise with the professional’s regulatory college. Read more

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 tells . Read more

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 Dewhirst . Read more