Dialogue Magazine

Volume 12, Issue 4, 2016

Accepting New Patients - Consultation; Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship – Consultation; Introducing [new president];eHealth Ontario – Progress Report; Mandatory Reporting for Sexual Abuse; Heroes of Medical Regulation; and Addressing the Opioid Overdose Crisis: Ontario begins to make data from its Narcotics Monitoring System available to prescribers; College commits to specific action within our own mandate; ISMP Canada’s opioid prescribing messages for community physicians; Dramatic variation of opioid use, deaths across the province; College hosts conference for methadone prescribers

Dec 31, 2016

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Features

Accepting New Patients - Consultation

The draft policy makes it explicit that introductory meetings such as ‘meet-and-greet’ appointments, or other tools such as medical questionnaires, must not be used to ‘vet’ prospective patients and determine whether to accept those patients into their practice.

Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship – Consultation

The draft policy expands on the actions physicians are expected to take prior to ending the physician-patient relationship.

Introducing

After several years on the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, Dr. David Rouselle is ready to take on the challenges of being President.

eHealth Ontario – Progress Report

Ms. Cindy Morton, Chief Executive Officer of eHealth Ontario, tells Council that physicians are now able to access significantly more clinical information about their patients through several new initiatives.

Mandatory Reporting for Sexual Abuse

When you have reasonable grounds to believe that a patient has been sexually abused by a regulated health professional, you have a duty to make a mandatory report.

Heroes of Medical Regulation

We celebrate our 150th year as an organization by recognizing some of the physicians who made an early contribution to medical regulation..

Addressing the Opioid Overdose Crisis — We continue with our focus on opioids with the following articles:

Ontario begins to make data from its Narcotics Monitoring System available to prescribers

A pilot project was launched in three organizations in Guelph which enables clinicians access to data from the Narcotics Monitoring System. This access allows physicians to make a more informed decision as to whether prescribing
opioids is the most appropriate treatment for a particular patient.

College commits to specific action within our own mandate

As part of the Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis, the College identified and committed to specific action within our own area of responsibility of medical regulation.

ISMP Canada’s opioid prescribing messages for community physicians

ISMP Canada brought together a panel of opioid experts to identify prescribing and management practices likely to result in better opioid prescribing in the community, especially for treatment of chronic non cancer pain.

Dramatic variation of opioid use, deaths across the province

The use of opioids varies significantly across Ontario, with northern counties demonstrating the highest rates of opioid use and opioid-related deaths.

College hosts conference for methadone prescribers

More than 300 physicians who prescribe methadone attended a College-organized conference recently to discuss best practices and meet fellow prescribers.