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Legal Issues for Family Health Teams – Monthly Teleconference 2016

DDO Health Law runs a monthly call-in program to discuss legal issues facing family health teams (FHTs). These calls are for Executive Directors, Lead Physicians and human resources personnel for FHTs and family health organizations (FHOs)/family health networks (FHNs).

What are the topics for 2016?  (Note: If the date has passed, a recording of the session may be available)

  • January 7 – Managing an older workforce/dealing with employees past retirement age
  • February 4 – Providing services to kids and youth
  • March 3 – Providing services to the elderly
  • April 7 – Pros and cons of becoming a charity
  • May 5– Privacy updates (including managing staff who are also patients)
  • June 2 – Emergency preparedness
  • July – no call
  • August – no call
  • September  8 – Managing difficult situations involving patients and families
  • October  6 – Investigating complaints against physicians who are not employees
  • November  3 – Mental health 101
  • December  1 – Social media and the law 

    Monthly calls are scheduled over the lunch hour from 12pm – 1pm on the first Thursday of the month. There are no calls scheduled for July or August.

Why join?

  • You will hear from legal experts who understand FHTs (and your relationship with your FHOs/FHNs)
  • You get 10 monthly calls on  the latest legal topics and trends affecting FHTs
  • You will have a chance to ask questions and share stories with your FHT colleagues
  • Your FHT will receive a 10% discount on all in-service training by DDO Health Law in 2016
  • You can be added to our email list to receive legal updates as they happen
  • The calls are exclusively for FHTs – so you know you are getting information relevant to your day-to-day work
  • You can have as many people from your FHT and affiliated FHOs/FHNs (physicians) on each call – the flat fee is per FHT

What is the cost? and how do I sign up?

There is a flat fee for an annual subscription. Fees are per FHT. Please contact Franca Latino at flatino@ddohealthlaw.com for details about this program, fees and how to sign up or if you are having technical difficulties on the day of a session.

Legal Issues for Family Health Teams – Monthly Teleconference 2015

DDO Health Law runs a monthly call-in program to discuss legal issues facing family health teams (FHTs). These calls are for Executive Directors, Lead Physicians and human resources personnel for FHTs and family health organizations (FHOs)/family health networks (FHNs).

What are the topics for 2015?  (Note: If the date has passed, a recording of the session is available)

  • January 8th – Managing sick leave
  • February 5th – Tips for FHTs when a physician leaves the FHO (retirement/leave of absence/sick leave/other
  • March 5th – Procurement 101
  • April 2nd – Human rights law 101
  • May 7th – Governance tips and trends
  • June 4th – Real estate and leasing law
  • July – no call
  • August – no call
  • September 10th – Contracts 101
  • October 8th – Privacy Updates
  • November 5th – Overtime and Hours of Work
  • December 3rd – Consent to treatment 101 

    Monthly calls are scheduled over the lunch hour from 12pm – 1pm on the first Thursday of the month. There are no calls scheduled for July or August.

Why join?

  • You will hear from legal experts who understand FHTs (and your relationship with your FHOs/FHNs)
  • You get 10 monthly calls on  the latest legal topics and trends affecting FHTs
  • You will have a chance to ask questions and share stories with your FHT colleagues
  • Your FHT will receive a 10% discount on all in-service training by DDO Health Law in 2015
  • You can be added to our email list to receive legal updates as they happen
  • The calls are exclusively for FHTs – so you know you are getting information relevant to your day-to-day work
  • You can have as many people from your FHT and affiliated FHOs/FHNs (physicians) on each call – the flat fee is per FHT

What is the cost? and how do I sign up?

There is a flat fee for an annual subscription. Fees are per FHT. Please contact Franca Latino at flatino@ddohealthlaw.com for details about this program, fees and how to sign up or if you are having technical difficulties on the day of a session.

CASL (Anti-Spam) Toolkit for the Health Sector

DDO is pleased to announce the release of its CASL (Anti-Spam) Toolkit.  Though Canada’s anti-spam legislation regulates more than just spam, our Toolkit focuses solely on its section 6 spam provisions.

Does CASL apply to your organization?

Many health care organizations have asked us whether CASL applies to them.  It likely does.  If you, your staff, your Board members or your volunteers ever send email or text messages to your stakeholders for commercial purposes, there are new rules you will have to follow as of July 1, 2014.

Who can benefit from the Toolkit

Our Toolkit will be valuable to you if your organization is:

  • a hospital
  • a foundation
  • a health care charity
  • a family health team or nurse practitioner-led clinic
  • a long-term care home
  • a community health centre
  • a mental health or community-based agency
  • a member-based association
  • a shared services organization
  • an association for regulated health professionals, or
  • a regulated Colleges.

Unfortunately, CASL is complicated.  And there are no simple answers to the questions:

  • Do we have to get permission from everyone in our database to continue to send email messages?
  • Do we need to change our email and text messaging practices?
  • Isn’t there an exclusion for charities so we don’t have to comply with CASL?

Our general answer to those questions is: It depends. The analysis depends on the type of email or text messages you send and towhom and for what purposes.

How our Toolkit can help you

This Toolkit will help you work through:

  • which of your email and text messages count as “commercial electronic messages” and which messages are not covered by CASL
  • how to approach your stakeholder database – and how to decide when you should ask for express consent for your stakeholders to stay on your email mailing list or when to rely on “implied consent” or “business to business” relationships (Note: Express consent may NOT be the way to go)
  • how to use the fundraising exception if your organization is a registered charity
  • how to set up your email systems going forward to automatically comply with CASL
  • alternative ways to communicate with stakeholders that are not covered by CASL (such as by fax or phone)
  • what to do if you are still not compliant after July 1, 2014.

Getting the Toolkit

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the Toolkit, please contact Julie Cannon at 416.967.7100 ext 242 or via e-mail at jc@ddohealthlaw.com

Legal Issues for Family Health Teams – Monthly Teleconference 2014

DDO Health Law runs a monthly call-in program to discuss legal issues facing family health teams (FHTs). These calls are for Executive Directors, Lead Physicians and human resources personnel for FHTs and family health organizations (FHOs)/family health networks (FHNs).

What are the topics for 2014?  (Note: If the date has passed, a recording of the session is available)

  • January 9 –  Tips for human resource management when your FHO/FHN employs separate staff, uses FHT staff after hours, shares staff with the FHT or when your FHO/FHN wants to transfer staff to the FHT to employ
  • February 6 – Tips for using email to communicate with patients
  • March 6 – FHT/FHO Governance 101
  • April 3 – Tips for managing absentee employees
  • May 1 – Tips for being a lead agency in provincial health initiatives – what do FHTs have to know? (such as HealthLinks)
  • June 5 – Responding to Complaints (dealing with complaints from families/patients)
  • September 4 – Tips for managing disputes between staff
  • October 2 – Service agreements between FHTs and FHOs – what should be included
  • November 6 – Tips for terminating employees
  • December 4 – Tips for allowing external health care providers to chart in your eMR

Monthly calls are scheduled over the lunch hour from 12pm – 1pm on the first Thursday of the month. There are no calls scheduled for July or August.

Why join?

  • You will hear from legal experts who understand FHTs (and your relationship with your FHOs/FHNs)
  • You get 10 monthly calls on  the latest legal topics and trends affecting FHTs
  • You will have a chance to ask questions and share stories with your FHT colleagues
  • Your FHT will receive a 10% discount on all in-service training by DDO Health Law in 2014
  • You can be added to our email list to receive legal updates as they happen
  • The calls are exclusively for FHTs – so you know you are getting information relevant to your day-to-day work
  • You can have as many people from your FHT and affiliated FHOs/FHNs (physicians) on each call – the flat fee is per FHT

What is the cost? and how do I sign up?

There is a flat fee for an annual subscription. Fees are per FHT. Please contact Allison Rose-Guy at arg@ddohealthlaw.com for details about this program, fees and how to sign up.