How DDO Can Assist Your Ontario Health Team

In the Second Report from the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine, the Premier’s Council offered 10 recommendations on how Ontario might achieve a healthcare system that is modern, sustainable, integrated and centred on the patient. It will be incumbent on Ontario Health Teams (“OHTs”), as the primary providers of front line health care services, to be examples of how the Council’s recommendations can be put into practice.

Our Experience & Expertise

DDO Health Law has the experience and expertise to help OHTs implement many of these recommendations in practical, effective and cost efficient ways.The

The Premier’s Council Recommendations

1. Integration

Recommendations 1-3 are focused on creating a healthcare system that is integrated around patients and across providers. The system should provide (i) more accessible and effective information to patients, families and caregivers and (ii) health services providers that can guide patients through a full continuum of health care services.

DDO can assist OHTs with:

Accessible and Effective Information

  • Obtaining patient consent
  • Disclosure of information to family and caregivers
  • Sharing of information across health care providers
  • How patient information may be made available for research purposes
  • Policies and procedures related to consent and handling of personal health information
  • Template documents for obtaining consent and for protecting and sharing information
  • Training staff on consent and privacy requirements 

Integration of Health Service Providers

  • Collaborative governance mechanisms, e.g. multi-organization steering committees
  • Moving towards long-term integration, e.g., shared committees, boards or full-on merger/amalgamation
  • Contractual arrangements for shared services and collaborative initiatives
  • Sharing of electronic health records between health services providers

2. Innovation

Recommendations 4 and 5 are attempts to modernize the healthcare system to better use current technology and to expand on the pathways by which healthcare has traditionally been provided.

DDO can assist OHTs with:

  • Providing virtual health care in accordance with applicable laws
  • Creating inter-professional care teams
  • Seeking required approvals for the provision of home and community care services
  • Providing home and community care services in accordance with applicable laws (including privacy and consent requirements)
  • Purchase and use of innovative software and equipment for patient care

3. Efficiency and Alignment

Recommendations 6-8 propose means of creating a healthcare system that: (i) strategically collects and uses data in a manner that will improve health outcomes and (ii) coordinates services to allow for increased value for taxpayer dollars.

DDO can assist OHTs with:

  • Sharing data and electronic health records
  • Using data for research and quality improvement purposes
  • Methods of collaborative governance
  • Co-location options
  • Sharing of management and front-line staff
  • Integration of administrative and procurement services
  • Integrating health services through services agreements and inter-professional care teams
  • Electronic referral processes

4. Capacity

Recommendations 9 and 10 consider how short- and long-term capacity issues might be better addressed by maximizing assets and skills that are currently available. The recommendations propose that collaborative leadership and integrated care are keys to maximizing the benefits of available assets.

DDO can assist OHTs with:

  • Shared governance models
  • Inter-professional care models
  • Data sharing
  • The procurement and use of innovative tools that allow for integrated care

For more information, please contact mgleeson@ddohealthlaw.com.

Mike Gleeson: Updates to QCIPA

Michael Gleeson

The Huddle Podcast: Episode 11

This week on The Huddle Podcast, Kate Dewhirst interviews Mike Gleeson, Senior Corporate Counsel at DDO Health Law about changes to the Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2004.

Mike offers practical observations about:

  • What is QCIPA?
  • Who can use QCIPA (and who can’t)
  • What’s new?
  • Why was using QCIPA controversial – what is the new version intended to address?
  • What do the 4 types of health facilities that can use QCIPA need to know?

Click here for more information about Mike Gleeson.

 

Kathy O’Brien: Annual General Meetings (AGMs) Tips

Kathy O'Brien

The Huddle Podcast: Episode 9

This week on The Huddle Podcast, Kathy O’Brien, founding partner of DDO Health Law, talks about Annual General Meetings (AGMs) in the health care sector.

Kathy offers practical tips about:

  • When to hold an AGM
  • What happens if someone wants to ask questions from the floor
  • What rules apply

Click here for more information about Kathy O’Brien.

 

What is Health Law? Interview with Lonny Rosen, Co-Founder of Rosen Sunshine LLP

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The Huddle™ Podcast

This week on The Huddle Podcast, DDO interviews Lonny Rosen for our “What is Health Law?” series.

Lonny is co-founder of Rosen Sunshine LLP. He advises individual, corporate and institutional clients with respect to health care legislation and policies, and represents clients in a wide range of civil and administrative proceedings. He regularly represents health professionals in complaint and discipline matters, investigations, audits and peer reviews, hospital privileges disputes and in hearings before various health tribunals. Lonny is also certified as a Health Law Specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

In this episode of The Huddle Podcast, Lonny talks about:

  • What he loves about working with health sector clients
  • What is “advocacy” and the difference between a solicitor’s practice and a litigator’s practice
  • Opportunities and challenges in using social media in a legal practice

For more information about Lonny: http://rosensunshine.com/health-lawyers/lonny-rosen/

What is Health Law? Interested to know what a health lawyer does? Listen to leading practitioners in the field talk about their personal career paths, what’s on their desk, the kind of work they do and their visions for the future.

What is Health Law? Interview with Sarah Cohen, Founder of Fertility Law Canada and D2Law LLP Lawyer

 

The Huddle™ Podcast

This week on The Huddle Podcast, Mary Jane Dykeman interviews Sarah Cohen for our “What is Health Law?” series.

Sarah is founder of Fertility Law Canada and a lawyer with D2Law LLP. She. is a fertility law lawyer based in Toronto, but with clients throughout Canada and beyond.

In this episode of The Huddle Podcast, Sarah talks about:

  • How she came to practice and specialize in fertility law
  • What fertility law is and the kinds of supports her clients need
  • Why she loves her work

For more information about Sarah: http://www.fertilitylawcanada.com/sara-r-cohen.html

What is Health Law? Interested to know what a health lawyer does? Listen to leading practitioners in the field talk about their personal career paths, what’s on their desk, the kind of work they do and their visions for the future.