Professional Standards Regarding Referral and Consultation for Patients with a Family Physician Preamble This professional standard specifies the College's requirements of physicians regarding an effective referral and consultation process for those patients with a primary care physician or other provider. Referring physicians and consulting physicians have a professional and ethical obligation to share the responsibility of supporting patients through the referral- consultation process. Professional Standards Professional communication between referring and consulting physicians must always serve the best interests of patients and should be respectful, collegial, collaborative and courteous. Consulting physicians must: Ensure they have a system in place to prioritize patients according to [...]
Professional Standards and Guidelines Regarding Duty to Report Health Professionals Preamble When a physician has reasonable grounds to believe that another physician is impaired, incompetent or unethical, there is a professional obligation to report this concern to the College. The obligation arises regardless of whether the physician in question is a patient or a colleague. Similarly, physicians with good reason to believe a regulated health professional (other than a physician) is impaired, incompetent or unethical, there is a professional obligation to report these concerns to the appropriate regulatory authority. These obligations arise from a responsibility to uphold patient safety and to protect the integrity of the health professions. Physicians should contact the
Professional Standards and Guidelines Regarding Third-Party Examinations and Reports Preamble This standard applies to all physicians who prepare third-party reports, or who conduct medical examinations for a third-party report. The standards and guidelines as set out in this document do not limit a physician’s mandatory reporting obligations. For the purposes of this document, the following definitions apply: “Third-party report” refers to medical information or a professional opinion, unrelated to the provision of health care, provided by a treating physician or independent medical examiner for the purposes of an external process such as applications for insurance benefits or legal proceedings. “Treating physician” is [...]
Guidelines for Retiring Physicians Regarding Licensing and Notification Preamble This document applies to physicians who close their clinical practice or a portion of their clinical practice. Please note that non-clinical work, committee service and other activities in which a physician may be called upon to provide a professional opinion, may require a medical licence and liability coverage. Physicians are encouraged to contact the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) in this regard. Guidelines Contacting the College before Retirement Physicians are responsible for notifying the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia in writing of their intention to retire. Physicians who do not notify the College of their intentions [...]
Guidelines Regarding Reporting Requirements for Nova Scotia Physicians Preamble Physicians are responsible to report in many clinical and professional situations. Listed below are hyperlinks to statutes that outline the physician’s responsibilities. This document does not represent a full list of information physicians may be expected to report in accordance with institutional, hospital policies or programs. Physicians are encouraged to seek independent legal advice if they find themselves in a situation of potential compromise. Index of Relevant Legislation and Associated Sections This policy applies to all physicians when accepting new patients at any point during their practice. Reporting of Suspected Abuse - Adults
Professional Standard Regarding Physician Co-operation with the College Preamble The medical profession in Nova Scotia enjoys the privilege of professional self-regulation under the Nova Scotia Medical Act. To function properly and meet its mandate, the College depends on the support and cooperation of its members in a number of areas. The Canadian Medical Association Code of Ethics describes these under Responsibilities to the Profession: Recognize that the self-regulation of the profession is a privilege and that each physician has a continuing responsibility to merit this privilege and to support its institutions. Avoid impugning the reputation of colleagues for personal motives; however, report to the appropriate authority any unprofessional conduct by colleagues.
Professional Standard on Physician Obligations Regarding Certification of Death Background: The Importance of the Medical Certificate of Death A completed Medical Certificate of Death is a permanent legal record of the death of an individual. It records the personal information about the deceased and the details of the circumstances of death that are legally required to issue a burial permit and to settle the estate, insurance, and pensions. A completed Medical Certificate of Death is required before visitation and funeral arrangements can be finalized and before funeral directors can prepare the remains of the deceased. Death registration forms, specifically the Medical Certificate of Death, are also the source of mortality statistics. These statistics form the basis [...]