Establishing the Physician-Patient Relationship

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This standard applies to any regulated member whose care for a patient extends or is likely to extend beyond a single encounter, including members who work in walk-in clinics. While the standard focuses on the “when” and “how” a physician-relationship is established, the greatest benefits of an established relationship are quality and continuity of care. What to consider: When is …

Episodic Care - The Messenger

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The Episodic Care standard addresses continuity of care for patients who may see a physician only once with no expectation of ongoing care, for example at a walk-in clinic. The principles are the same as for the recently reissued Continuity of Care standard, but apply to care provided outside of an established physician-patient relationship. These principles are: Contextually complete assessment Good communication with the patient regarding …

Terminating the physician-patient relationship in office-based settings

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There are numerous parameters around when you can discharge a patient, when you cannot discharge a patient and how to discharge a patient. These were previously outlined in a February 2012 Messenger article. Council recently approved some important additions to this Standard after consultation. The changes are intended to clarify physicians’ obligations to current patients when relocating their practice. Here …

Continuity of Care – you responded

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After the new Continuity of Care standard (formerly After-Hours Access to Care and Preventing Follow­up Care Failures) took effect June 11, the College surveyed members to benchmark current compliance, as well as to offer individualized support to physicians challenged by the standard. The high number of physicians reporting compliance is very encouraging. Almost 70 physicians have offered to share their …