Dialogue Volume 13 Issue 2 2017 - Page 30

policy matters Five things to know about the policy: a patient’s medical needs do not align with the physi- cian’s clinical competence and/or scope of practice, this would be permissible grounds for refusing a prospective patient. Such decisions, however, must also be made in good faith. The policy is also more explicit with regard to the use of introductory “meet and greet” appointments and medical questionnaires. The policy states that it is inap- propriate, for physicians, or those acting on their behalf, to use introductory meetings such as ‘meet-and-greet’ appointments, and/or medical questionnaires to vet prospective patients and determine whether to accept those patients into the practice. 1 However, once a patient has been accepted into a phy- sician’s practice, physicians may use introductory meet- ings and/or medical questionnaires to share information about the practice and/or obtain information about the patient. MD Medical questionnaires include those administered in person, by phone, or electronically by physicians or those acting on their behalf. 1 The policy: 1  Sets out how the first-come, first-served rule applies in various practice settings. 2 Clarifies  that “meet and greet” appointments and medical questionnaires can be used only after a patient is accepted into the practice. 3 S  cope has been broadened to include all physi- cians, not only those providing primary care. 4 C  larifies that wait-listed patients are to be ac- cepted into the physician’s practice in the same order in which they were added to the list. 5 D  escribes the limited exceptions to first-come, first-served approach, namely to prioritize ac- cess to care for higher need and/or complex patients or to care for patients’ family members. We want your feedback Confidentiality of Personal Health Information The College’s Confidentiality of Personal Health Information policy is currently under review. The policy sets out physicians’ legal and professional obligations to protect the privacy and confidentiality of patients’ personal health information. It also outlines the limited circumstances where the disclosure of personal health information without a patient’s consent is permitted or required by law. To assist with this review, we are inviting feedback from all stakeholders, including members of the medical profession, the public, health-system organizations and other health professionals on the current policy. We would like to hear your thoughts on the current policy, along with suggestions you may have for how the policy could be improved. Please provide your feedback by July 31, 2017. www.cpso.on.ca 30 Dialogue Issue 2, 2017