Dialogue Magazine

Volume 13, Issue 1, 2017

Bill 87 - Protecting Patients Act; Uninsured Services: Billing and Block Fees; Opioid Narcotics Atlas; Gaining Control; Mifegymiso Guidance

Mar 21, 2017

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Features

Bill 87 - Protecting Patients Act

At its recent meeting, Council considered Bill 87, The Protecting Patients Act. The Bill is an important piece of legislation that proposes sweeping changes to the Regulated Health Professions Act, the legislation that provides health colleges with the authority to regulate health professions in the public interest.

Uninsured Services: Billing and Block Fees

In its new draft policy on uninsured services, the College emphasizes the importance of clear communication with patients. We describe some of the key revisions proposed and ask for your feedback.

Opioid Narcotics Atlas

A comprehensive picture of opioid prescribing and dispensing activity in Ontario has been created by the province’s central database of monitored drugs.

Gaining Control

Things got off to a very bumpy start for a Kingston family physician when she realized that the practice she had just taken over had a large number of patients on high doses of opioids. But she persevered, and in the process gained valuable insight into herself and her patients.

Mifegymiso Guidance

Mifegymiso – a two-drug combination product that provides a non-surgical option for early abortion – became available to the Canadian public in January 2017. This College and the Ontario College of Pharmacists have clarified expectations with Health Canada in order to provide guidance to their members.