June 24, 2021

Four revised practice standards published

The College has revised four practice standards: Leaving Practice, Medical Records, Data Stewardship and Confidentiality of Personal Health Information, Complementary and Alternative Therapies and Primary Care Provision in Walk-in, Urgent Care and Multi-registrant Clinics. The updated versions were endorsed by the Patient Relations, Professional Standards and Ethics Committee then approved for publication by the Executive Committee on June 24, 2021. 
 
Key revisions:
  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies: revised to include a new section outlining registrants’ obligations when their patient chooses to use complementary or alternative therapies. 
  • Leaving Practice: revised to remove the requirement of using a “secure” email with the provision that care must be taken by registrants to protect patients’ personal information according to privacy legislation, limit messages to factual, general advice, and conceal email distribution lists.
  • Medical Records, Data Stewardship and Confidentiality of Personal Information: revised to include the requirement of maintaining a cumulative patient profile (CPP) or an equivalent summary of a patient’s overall health. 
  • Primary Care Provision in Walk-in, Urgent Care and Multi-registrant Clinics: revised to include the requirement that a medical director must have a clearly identified alternate, who is also a registrant, to assume their responsibilities when the medical director is unavailable.
Updated practice standards: