DDO Health Law Update

August 10, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

None of interest (unless zebra mussels are of interest to you – then lots).

 

Approved Regulations

 

No regulatory proposals and no new approved regulations.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Ontario has a psychiatrist shortage and needs to solve it to stop a mental health crisis: report

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The Saudi-Canada crisis will damage people’s health

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Organizations have a duty to keep personal health information secure

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The patient experience in Ontario 2020: What is possible?

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LGBTQ seniors fear renewed discrimination in long-term care

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Appeal court ends secrecy of payments to Ontario’s top-billing doctors

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Tory staffers continue to use applause to drown out reporters’ questions

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What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do this weekend in Toronto

 

“We are going to celebrate life”: Taste of the Danforth marks 25th year in wake of deadly shooting

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DDO Health Law Update

August 3, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

Bill 8, Transparent and Accountable Health Care Act, 2018

This Bill enacts the Transparent and Accountable Health Care Act, 2018. The Act requires major health sector organizations that receive at least $1 million in public funds from the MOHLTC to comply with Part II.1 (Compensation Arrangements) of the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010 and the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996. The same requirements would apply respect to publicly-funded suppliers that receives directly or indirectly at least $1 million in public fund in a year from major health care sector organizations.

Introduced by Frances Gelinas, MPP (Nickel Belt) NDP, the Bill was carried on First Reading on July 31, 2018.

More information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-8

 

Bill 13, Time to Care Act (Long-Term Care Homes Amendment, Minimum Standard of Daily Care), 2018

This Act amendments the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 to provide residences with at least 4 hours of day of nursing and personal support services, averaged across the residents. The minimum hour will be increased by regulations.

Introduced by Teresa J. Armstrong, MPP (London-Fanshawe) NDP, the Bill was carried on First Reading on July 31, 2018.

More information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-13

 

Bill 2, Urgent Priorities Act, 2018

This Bill enacts and amends various Acts, including the White Pines Wind Project Termination Act, 2018 (Schedule 2 of the Bill), providing for the termination of the White Pines Wind Project with compensation of the wind down payable subject to various limitations and contingencies (see section 6 of the Act). The Act extinguishes any existing proceedings, and prevents future proceedings against the Crown and other named entities. It requires White Pines Wind Incorporated to decommission the project in accordance with regulations made under the Act or under the Environmental Protection Act.

Introduced by Greg Rickford, MPP (Kenora-Rainy River), Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Minister of Energy, Northern Developments and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. The Bill received Royal Assent on July 25, 2018.

More information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-2

 

Approved Regulations

 

Alignment of ODB Program Days Supply for Ontario Works Recipients 25 years of age and older

This amendment allows Ontario Work (“OW”) recipients 25 years of age and older to maximize the benefit from receiving greater quantities of certain Ontario Drug Benefit-funded drugs per pharmacy visit, which is more convenient and reduces the number of their co-payments.

It will also ensure that pharmacy claim payment submitted in respect of OW recipients are subject to 5-dispensing-fees-per-year rule for certain chronic medication to reflect the 100 maximum day supply for OW recipients.

Effective Date: August 1, 2018

More Information: https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=26346&language=en

 

Articles of Interest

 

MAID

Chronically ill man releases audio of hospital staff offering assisted death

 

Marijuana

Is Ontario planning a mix of public and private retail cannabis stores?

Brock professor says private pot shops have their advantages

 

Health Care

Health Canada issues medical device license for ivWatch

EpiPen shortage may drag into the next year: Health Canada

 

Privacy

Pharmacist ‘snooped’ on dozens of patients, NS privacy commissioner

NWT needs to improve protection of health data before another breach

When crossing the border, encryption is no guarantee, says new handbook

 

Wettlaufer Inquiry

Nursing home inspections branch understaffed, Wettlaufer inquiry hears

Serial killer nurse gave police the first name of murder victims, Wettlaufer inquiry hears

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do this weekend in Toronto

Every new title coming to Netflix Canada in August

 

DDO Health Law Update

July 27, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

No bills of interest.

 

Approved Regulations

 

No approved regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Ontario Premier Doug Ford set to privatize legal cannabis sales, reports say

Trip advisers’ help newbies navigate world of weed

How this ‘crusader of cannabis’ is helping women step up and shape a new industry

 

Privacy

Company that owns Polo Park using facial recognition in malls without consent

 

Health Care

Half of teen girls in Ontario under ‘psychological distress,’ CAMH survey shows

Ontario government to channel portion of mental health spending to police

 

Safety Injection Sites

Quebec health minister says Ontario’s plan to reconsider supervised injection sites a mistake

Hamilton’s supervised injection site says it can show province the merit of saved lives

Ontario to review safe injection, overdose prevention sites, health minister says

 

Wettlaufer Inquiry

Signs pointed to Wettlaufer being a sloppy nurse, not a serial killer, inquiry hears

College of Nurses of Ontario see increase in employer reporting amid Wettlaufer inquiry

 

Danforth Strong

St. Mike’s trauma surgeon relives night of the Danforth shooting

20 of our favourite places to eat and drink along the Danforth

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do in Toronto this weekend

DDO Health Law Update

July 20, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

Bill 3, Compassionate Care Act, 2017

 

This Bill was reintroduced to establish a provincial framework to support improved access to hospice palliative care. This Bill enacts the Compassionate Care Act, 2017, which requires the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to develop the provincial framework. The Act requires the Minister to set out the provincial framework one year after the Bill comes into force, and within 5 years after the report is tabled, the Minister must prepare and table a report on the state of hospice palliative care, which should be published on a Government of Ontario website.

Introduced by Sam Oosterhoff, MPP (Niagara West), Government, the Bill was carried on First Reading on July 18, 2018.

More information: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-3

 

Approved Regulations

 

The following regulations all came into effect on July 1, 2018.

 

  1.            Amendments to O.REG 79/10 under the LTCHA, 2007

The following amendments were approved and filed:

  • Introduction of administrative monetary penalties and re-inspection fee
  • Technical amendments related to the posting of a Director’s contact information and declaration of cannabis-related offences under applicable federal law by long-term care staff and volunteers

 https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=26946&language=en

 

  1.            Regulation 552: General, Health Insurance Act

Regulation 552 is amended to make it clear that an insured person receiving in-patient services at a private hospital is entitled to receive accommodation and meals at the standard or public ward level at no extra charge.

http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=26566&language=en

 

  1.            Regulation 38/18 – Improvements to the Ministry of Transportation’s Medical Reporting Program

 Regulation 38/18 amended the mandatory reporting requirements to provide clear direction to the medical community on what types of conditions of patients, 16 years of age or older, must be reported to the Ministry of Transportation.

https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=24751&language=en

 

  1.            Regulation 268/18 made under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017

 This regulation responds to the changing landscape related to tobacco, vapour products and medical cannabis.

https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=26469&language=en

 

Articles of Interest

 

Opioids

Toronto Board of Health votes to lobby Ottawa to decriminalize all drugs

 

Marijuana

Disability benefit recipients denied medical marijuana coverage

 

Privacy

Ottawa Hospital fires employee after privacy breach involving 30 patients

Thousands of patient records held for ransom in Ontario home care data breach, attackers claim

 

Health Care

Gene tests can provide health clues – and needless worry

Striking staff to demand Ontario improve wages for private health care workers

Ottawa clinic warns 4,600 patients of hepatitis, HIV risk over unclean equipment

Busting the myth of bloated health care bureaucracy

Premier Doug Ford promises sex-ed curriculum consultations will be largest in Ontario history

 

Wettlaufer Inquiry

Ontario’s chief coroner testifies at Wettlaufer inquiry

 

Professional Misconduct

Sudbury doctor accused of sexual abuse to face disciplinary committee

Lawyer who claimed he was voted ‘No. 1 in Client Satisfaction’ hit with misconduct finding

Changes to doctor misconduct records still weeks away

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do this weekend in Toronto

 

DDO Health Law Update

July 13, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

Bills

 

Parliament has resumed. No new bills of interest.

 

Proposed Regulations

 

No new regulations of interest.

 

Articles of Interest

 

Opioids

Toronto’s chief medical officer calls for decriminalization of all personal drug use

 

Health Care

Ford uses throne speech to signal dramatic changes that loom for Ontario

Garron family donates $10-million to St.Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto

A year ago Christine Elliott was a patient of the health system she now oversees as minister

Judgment-free mobile clinic will provide health care to hard-to-reach women

 

Professional Misconduct

Kitchener neurologist faces hearing over allegations of sexual misconduct

 

Mental Health

U of T to vote on controversial mental health absence policy

 

Privacy

Health Canada ordered to release confidential drug company data on HPV vaccines

Protect privacy of foster children

How activists are fighting back against facial recognition

 

What’s happening in our city this weekend:

Things to do this weekend in Toronto

It will be peak patio weather this weekend