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

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 health lawyer Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd . 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

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 physician’s obligations when transferring care to a colleague in a hospital setting. Read more

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 request for proposal (RFP) results in the best possible purchase, says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson . Read more

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 “controlled acts,” Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells . Read more

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 for discovery had taken place and expert reports had been exchanged. After reviewing the evidence, the judge dismissed the motion, finding genuine issues for trial, including whether one of the “experts” was qualified to give an expert opinion. Read more

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? Read more

“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 types of services include, for example, prescription refills and medical advice over the phone, providing copies of medical records, travel immunizations, elective cosmetic procedures, etc. Read more

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. Read more

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 Committee (the Committee) of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, provides guidance for veterinarians and indeed all health professionals regarding the importance of obtaining informed consent and record keeping. Read more

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