Approved on February 6, 2018, Came into Effect April 24, 2018
CCO Council approved minor amendments to Standard of Practice S-019: Conflict of Interest in Commercial Ventures. Amendments expand the duty to disclose to the patient and record any benefit that is given, in addition to received, to or from a supplier of health care products or service, or to or from a health, legal or any other professional for a patient referral.
Amendments also emphasize:
- a patient’s need for health care must always be the first priority over any financial considerations;
- the appearance of a conflict of interest may damage the reputation of the profession;
- any rebate, gift or benefit given or received for a patient referral must be disclosed to the patient and recorded in the patient health record, in accordance with the standard of practice; and
- a patient must never be subjected to any undue pressure or duress in providing any referral. The choice of health care services and products must always be the patient’s, after making a fully informed decision.
In light of the recent amendments to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), CCO Council approved minor amendments to Guideline G-001: Communication with Patients intended to reiterate the Ontario Government and CCO’s policy of zero tolerance to sexual abuse.
Council approved amendments to Guideline G-001 intended to:
- reorganize the objectives for readability;
- remind members to avoid certain grooming behaviour and boundary crossings that may lead to allegations of sexual abuse;
- encourage members to ask themselves certain questions before participating in behaviour that may be considered grooming behaviour or boundary crossings; and
- update the legislative context section for consistency with amendments to the RHPA.