Practice Management Considerations for Physicians Who Cease to Practise, Take an Extended Leave of Absence or Close Their Practice Due to Relocation – Preliminary Consultation (Consultation Closed)

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    The College’s Practice Management Considerations for Physicians Who Cease to Practise, Take an Extended Leave of Absence or Close Their Practice Due to Relocation policy is currently being reviewed. This policy sets out expectations for physicians with respect to the practice management measures they should take before they stop practising or in situations where they will not be practising for an extended period of time due to retirement, relocation, leave of absence, or as a result of disciplinary action by the College.

    View the current policy

    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. Comments received during this preliminary consultation will assist the College in updating the policy. When a revised draft is developed, it will be recirculated for further comment before it is finalized by Council.

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    We want to hear your thoughts on the current policy…

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    Background

    The College’s Practice Management Considerations for Physicians Who Cease to Practise, Take an Extended Leave of Absence or Close Their Practice Due to Relocation policy sets out expectations for physicians with respect to the practice management measures they should take before they stop practising or in situations where they will not be practising for an extended period of time due to retirement, relocation, leave of absence, or as a result of disciplinary action by the College.

    When a physician does not practise for a period of time, reasonable measures should be taken to minimize the impact on patients. These steps include timely notification, facilitating access to medical records, laboratory tests results, and prescription medications, and ensuring that patients have access to ongoing care. A number of provisions in the Practice Management Considerations for Physicians Who Cease to Practise, Take an Extended Leave of Absence or Close Their Practice Due to Relocation policy touch on continuity of care issues and the College’s Test Results Management policy. Two separate preliminary consultations focusing on these topics are running concurrently. To participate in these consultations, please visit the dedicated consultation pages for Continuity of Care and Tests Results Management.

    Have Your Say

    We would like to hear your thoughts on the current policy, along with suggestions you may have for how the policy could be improved.

    In particular, we are interested to know:

        • Does the policy provide useful guidance?
        • Are there issues not addressed in the current policy that should be addressed? If so, what are they?
        • Are there other ways in which the policy should be improved?

    Please provide your feedback by August 12, 2016

    Next Steps

    The College is committed to ensuring that the Practice Management Considerations for Physicians Who Cease to Practise, Take an Extended Leave of Absence or Close Their Practice Due to Relocation policy reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public. The feedback obtained during this preliminary consultation will be carefully reviewed and will be used to evaluate the existing policy. While it may not be possible to ensure that every comment or suggested edit will be incorporated into the revised draft, all comments will be carefully considered in light of the College’s mandate to protect and serve the public interest.

    Once a revised draft policy has been developed, stakeholders will be invited to review the revised policy and provide further feedback before the policy is considered for final approval by College Council.

    To ensure transparency, the College will post all consultation feedback in accordance with our posting guidelines.

    We value your feedback and thank you again for participating in our policy review process.

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    College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
    80 College Street
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5G2E2

    Attention: Policy Department