Dialogue Volume 15, Issue 2 2019 - Page 2

MD Vol. 15, Issue 2, 2019 In This Issue D I A LO G U E , V O L . 1 5 , I S S U E 2 , 2 0 1 9 is the official publication of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The objective of this magazine is to provide clear policy direction and review pertinent legislative and disciplinary information, consult with the profession on issues of concern, and provide a forum for discussion and exchange of information and ideas. This publication does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. REGISTRAR/CEO Dr. Nancy Whitmore DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA Fiona Hill-Hinrichs MANAGING EDITOR Elaine McNinch ART DIRECTOR Ally Tripkovic PRINTED IN CANADA BY Mi5 Print & Digital WEBSITE: 23 www.cpso.on.ca 80 College St., Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 2E2 Tel: (416) 967-2600 Toll Free: (800) 268-7096 Fax: (416) 961-8035. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is the licensing and regulatory body governing the practice of medicine in Ontario. The College is responsible for setting and maintaining medical standards, licensing physicians, investigating complaints about physicians on behalf of the public, and disciplining doctors found to have committed act(s) of professional misconduct. Features 9  Opioid Prescribing  Dr. Steve Bodley, past president of the CPSO, discusses legacy patients, guidelines and the importance of patient buy-in. 13 Prescribing Drugs  The draft policy addresses those key areas of uncertainty which have been articulated by our stakeholders during the preliminary consultation. 21 Minimize Your Risk of Receiving a Complaint Dr. Akbar Panju, a Vice Chair of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, provides some advice for reducing the likelihood of receiving a complaint from a patient. Dialogue is published 4 times a year. The subscription rate is included in the annual 23 Red Tape Reduction Request  The College has asked the Ontario government for greater discretion to focus our regulatory actions on the most serious patient safety concerns. membership fee and is $36.00. Publication Mail Agreement #40063319 ISSN 1715-8966 24 Redesigned Policies Now Available  ouncil has approved its first batch of policies redesigned to enhance C their readability for physicians.