Terminating the physician-patient relationship in office-based settings

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Are You Up to Standard?, Messenger, Standards

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

Dina Baras Are You Up to Standard?, Messenger

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 …

Sale of Products by Physicians

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Are You Up to Standard?, Messenger

In your practice, do you offer for sale to your patients products to treat or prevent health conditions? Examples could include naturopathic products, vitamins, skin care products, health-related devices and appliances, spa or exercise packages, and Schedule 1 and 2 medications. A physician is never required to sell products as part of their medical practice, but if you choose to …

Duty to Report a Colleague

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Are You Up to Standard?, Messenger

The principle underlying this standard dates from the time of Hippocrates: Consider first the well-being of the patient. This simple, time-honoured statement – number one in our Code of Ethics – is unequivocal. Most physicians understand they are required to self-report certain health conditions that have the potential to put their patients at risk. However, fear or lack of self-awareness …