Health sector keeping close eye on nurse inquiry

ST. THOMAS, Ont. — A nurse who killed elderly patients in her care was disciplined several times over poor job performance but no one thought she was seriously harming people at the long-term care home where she worked, a former supervisor testified Monday at the public inquiry examining Elizabeth Wettlaufer's actions. Read more

Dykeman to address ORCA spring roadshow event

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman is speaking at the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) spring roadshow where this year’s conference topic is managing conflict and mitigating risk. Read more

Dentist's case highlights reality that CAS report may trigger complaint

Media coverage of a mother who complained after her child’s dentist reported her to a Children’s Aid Society (CAS) for possible “oral neglect” highlights a potential risk of complying with a health professional’s mandatory duties in cases where they learn there is a child in need of protection, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells Read more

Wettlaufer complaints, ability to keep working ‘key’ part of inquiry: Sunshine

ST. THOMAS, Ont. — A nurse who killed elderly patients in her care was the subject of multiple complaints but was given a positive reference letter and went on working until she confessed her crimes, documents filed at a public inquiry examining her actions show. Read more

Training is your best weapon to guard against fraud

By Kate Dewhirst . Recently, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released two new health privacy decisions. Read more

Paper health records can cause serious privacy issues: report

By Kate Dewhirst . A new Canadian study published in the American Medical Association journal JAMA found that hospitals have a serious issue when it comes to throwing away paper copies of health records. Read more

How to run a smooth AGM

Small governance changes can translate into big improvements when it comes to the running of annual general meetings, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson tells Read more

Dismissed charges not evidence of misconduct for health professionals

Health professionals with charges before the courts need the assistance of a criminal lawyer, but they should also access the legal services of counsel who handle regulatory matters to deal with disciplinary or other proceedings arising from such allegations, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells Read more

Five traps you should avoid when a patient complains

By Kate Dewhirst . Every health care organization receives complaints. A complaint is any negative feedback received from a patient or family member of a patient about your services. Read more

Rigid adherence to clinic procedures results in College complaint

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) recently confirmed a decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) to take remedial action against a physician who was found to have placed undue focus on clinic procedures and rules, to the detriment of patient care. Read more

Insurance company requests: Clinicians' FAQs answered

With almost two decades of experience advising clinicians, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst has answered just about any question you can think of when it comes to sharing patient information with insurance companies. Read more

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