Health

The health industry is constantly growing and evolving.  Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group helps clients navigate this complex landscape, providing clear analysis and intelligent solutions for all their legal needs.  Our Group has in depth knowledge of national, provincial and local issues and provides a wide range of legal services to clients from both the public and private sector.  We understand the unique perspectives, needs and concerns of the health industry, and are committed to helping clients find practical solutions that work for them.

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Kathryn Frelick publishes article on opioid crisis in The Lawyers Weekly

Kathryn Frelick authored an article in the November 25, 2016 issue of The Lawyers Weekly on strategies the federal and provincial governments are taking to address the opioid crisis in Canada. Read the article: “Confronting the opioid crisis“

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Karima Kanani quoted in article on issues facing health care providers

The article published in Lexpert Magazine discusses some of the legal and political issues faced by health care providers. Karima Kanani, who leads the Corporate/Commercial practice in the Health Industry group, is one of several lawyers featured. She comments on the trend...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017

126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....

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Gerald Chipeur provides opinion before Senate Committee on constitutionality of Bill C-14

On June 6, 2016, Gerald Chipeur, QC was called to testify before the Senate Committee studying Bill C-14. The Globe and Mail reported that in his testimony he expressed the opinion that Bill C-14, a bill creating safeguards to protect...

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Gerald Chipeur quoted in The Globe and Mail on assisted-dying bill

Read the article: What you should know about the Liberals’ assisted-dying bill.

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Karima Kanani named 2015 Lexpert Rising Star

Miller Thomson Partner Karima Kanani has been named among Lexpert’s 2015 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. The prestigious honour, presented annually by Lexpert magazine, recognizes the outstanding achievements of young lawyers from across Canada. Winners are selected by an advisory board...

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Miller Thomson welcomes three partners to Toronto office

Miller Thomson is pleased to announce that Pierre Soulard, Lisa Spiegel, and Kim Ozubko have  joined the firm’s Toronto office as partners. Pierre Soulard joins the firm’s Capital Markets and Securities and Mergers and Acquisition Groups. He is recognized for...

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Introducing Miller Thomson On Call™ For the Health Industry

Miller Thomson LLP is pleased to introduce Miller Thomson On Call™, a unique and innovative concept in legal service delivery, providing health industry clients with 24/7 access to legal support.  With the complex array of legal issues facing health industry...

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Ivan Bernardo Appointed Queen’s Counsel

Congratulations to Ivan Bernardo, Partner in our Calgary office, who was appointed “one of Her Majesty’s counsel learned in the law” (Queen’s Counsel).  The QC designation is an honour conferred annually on members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional...

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The Regina office is pleased to announce that Mr. Greg Murphy has joined the firm as a partner.

Greg was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1982.  His primary areas of practice are commercial law, personal estate planning, tax planning, health law and litigation.

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Kathryn Frelick speaks on privacy protection

Kathryn Frelick speaks on “Privacy Protection of Personal Information: Best Practices for Reducing Liability” at the Ontario Hospital Association’s Current Governance Trends and Opportunities for Not-for-Profit Organizations conference.

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Amelia Leckey speaks on life and health insurance case law

Amelia Leckey speaks on the 2016 A Mari Usque Ad Mare panel presenting the Ontario case law update at the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Legal Section Conference.

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Imran Ahmad speaks on cybersecurity in health care

Imran Ahmad presents “Redefining Cyber Security in Health Care: The Board’s Fiduciary Mandate” at the Ontario Hospital Association’s Health Care Governance Forum and Leadership Summit.

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Kathryn Frelick presents cyber risk webinar

The webinar on “Cyber Risk in the Health Sector” is hosted by the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR).

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Miller Thomson co-hosts roundtable on long-term care

Miller Thomson and HUB International Limited co-hosted an invitational roundtable on January 27, 2016, with approximately 30 participants including leaders from the long-term care home sector and risk management experts, discussing a variety of topics including: Privacy Update: The Continued...

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Kathryn Frelick speaks on privacy issues

Kathryn Frelick speaks on “Current and Emerging Privacy Issues in LTC- Video Surveillance, Social Media and Email” for The 2015 Guide to Legal Risk Management in Long-Term Care program, hosted by Osgoode Professional Development.

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Joshua Liswood chairs Osgoode’s 2015 Guide to Legal Risk Management in Long-Term Care.

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Miller Thomson and HUB International Limited co-host a roundtable discussion for Family Health Teams and Community Health Centres.

Miller Thomson and HUB International Limited are co-hosting an invitational roundtable on the theme “Legal Landscape of Family Health Teams and Community Health Centres” on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Miller Thomson Toronto office. Approximately 25 participants will be...

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Joshua Liswood chairs the inaugural Health Care Risk Management conference, focused on strategies and solutions for effective risk management in the sector.

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Jonathan Hodes speaks on “Health Care Costs Recovery Legislation: Subrogation for Medical Costs in BC and Alberta” at the CBA’s Alberta Law Conference.

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Coffee Talk: Build, Renovate, Expand – Risk Management in Construction & Procurement

Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group will host a complimentary webinar/audio conference on February 15, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., entitled “Build, Renovate, Expand – Risk Management in Construction & Procurement“, presented by Karima Kanani and Rosa Mauro. Construction projects can expose organizations to...

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Coffee Talk: Bill 41, the Patients First Act – What You Need to Know

Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group hosts a complimentary webinar/audio conference on January 18, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., entitled “Bill 41: the Patients First Act – What You Need to Know”, presented by Kathryn Frelick and Jesstina McFadden. This Coffee Talk...

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Coffee Talk: Return to Work Accommodation for Mental Health Illnesses and Conditions

Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group hosts a complimentary webinar/audio conference on November 16, 2016 at 8:00 a.m., entitled “Return to Work Accommodation for Mental Health Illnesses and Conditions”, presented by David Tsai . This Coffee Talk will include a discussion of...

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Coffee Talk: Documentation & Charting Boot Camp

Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group hosts a complimentary webinar/audio conference on June 15, 2016 at 8:00 a.m., entitled “Documentation & Charting Boot Camp”, presented by Kathryn Frelick. This Coffee Talk session includes a discussion of the following: purposes of documentation and...

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Coffee Talk: Health Professionals, Regulatory Reporting and Investigation

Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group hosts a complimentary webinar/audio conference on May 18, 2016 at 8:00 a.m., entitled “Health Professionals, Regulatory Reporting and Investigation“, presented by Josh Liswood and Lisa Spiegel. This Coffee Talk session includes a discussion of the following:...

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Coffee Talk: Fundraising and Name Recognition

Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group hosts a complimentary webinar/audio conference on April 13, 2016 at 8:00 a.m., entitled “Fundraising and Name Recognition – Key Issues“, presented by Karima Kanani This Coffee Talk addresses key issues associated with donor name recognition...

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Coffee Talk: Legislative Update, Risk and Compliance

Bill 119, the Health Information Protection Act, 2015 (HIPA) proposes significant amendments to the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) and Regulation 965 of the Public Hospitals Act. In addition, HIPA proposes to repeal and replace the Quality of...

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Coffee Talk: Reorganization & Integration

Coffee Talk: Reorganization & Integration – Labour and Employment Implications. This Coffee Talk includes a discussion of the following: Executive compensation and related restraints Unionized workplaces and the impact of the Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act Non-union employees You...

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Coffee Talk: Towards Zero Tolerance for Workplace Violence Against Health Care Professionals

This Coffee Talk includes a discussion of the following: The issue of workplace violence in the health industry Obligations and legal duties of health care employers Developing a workplace violence strategy and program for reducing and managing risk You have...

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Coffee Talk: Top 5 Tendering Pitfalls

This Coffee Talk considers issues that commonly arise during the bid process and the do’s and don’ts of dealing with them. You have the option of registering via webinar or audio conference. For more information about these options, please click...

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Confronting the Opioid Crisis

The Lawyers Weekly

Opioid misuse and abuse is a serious societal problem and public health threat. Globally, Canada is second only to the United States in per capita consumption of prescription opioids; painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and morphine. This has led to a significant...

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Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Promises Legislative Changes Relating to Sexual Abuse

Health care professionals are prohibited from engaging in sexual acts, conduct, or behaviour with their patients. It is professional misconduct to engage in such conduct, which is defined as “sexual abuse” in the governing legislation[i]. The legislation attempts to impose...

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Dear Health Care Facility: Are You Prepared for a Request for Medical Assistance in Dying?

Risk Management in Canadian Health Care, Volume 18, No. 4, August 2016

This article was originally published in our July 21, 2016 Health Communiqué. Click here to view.

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What Health Facilities Need to Know About QCIPA 2016

Risk Management in Canadian Health Care, Volume 18, No. 4, August 2016

This article was originally published in the May 11, 2016 issue of our Health Communiqué. Click here to view.

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Dear Health Care Facility: Are You Prepared for a Request for Medical Assistance in Dying?

On June 17, 2016, after much debate in the House of Commons and the Senate, the federal government passed Bill C-14 (An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying)),...

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Medical Marijuana: Coverage Under Extended Health Care Plans

Miller Thomson Seminar: Employee Benefits Administration

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Anticipated Overhaul of Quality Oversight to Non-Hospital Medical Clinics

The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care has indicated he intends to implement the recommendations set out in the recently released report by Health Quality Ontario (HQO), pertaining to its review of the quality oversight of non-hospital medical clinics (NHMCs)...

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What Health Facilities Need to Know About QCIPA 2016

The Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2016 (QCIPA 2016) is one step closer to becoming law.  Bill 119, the Health Information Protection Act, 2016 (HIPA), passed third reading in the Ontario legislature on May 5, 2016.  Once proclaimed into...

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Privacy Commissioner of Canada cracks down on Mobile Health Devices

This month, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (“OPC”) has been examining Internet-connected or wireless health devices that collect data on individuals.[1] What the OPC is looking for is whether or not the companies that make, distribute or...

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Public Hospital Advisory: New Ontario Ministry of Health Consultation Requirements for Legal, Business and Operating Names

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the “Ministry”) has issued a memorandum requesting that all public hospitals in Ontario consult with the Ministry when considering changes to their legal, business or operating names. It is unclear at this...

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Health minister announces groundbreaking federally-funded social impact bond

Counsel to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

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Thalmic Labs announces US$120 million Series B financing

Counsel to Thalmic Labs Inc.

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Synergy Physio acquired by CBI Health Group

Counsel to the shareholders of Synergy Physio

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Nightingale Informatix refinances senior debt and issues convertible debenture

Counsel to an arm's length institutional vendor

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Devonshire Erin Mills sells long term care facility to Schlegel Villages

Counsel to Devonshire Erin Mills Inc.

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MT Healthportal

Provides a one-stop source for information and resources on hot topics, issues and trends affecting the health industry, as well as access to information on our programs and services.

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Health Communiqué

Read the latest issue of Miller Thomson’s Health Communiqué.

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