Completion of Third Party Forms and Certification of Work Absence/Accommodation due to Illness or Injury
The Council of the College has approved in principle a redrafted policy “Completion of Third Party Forms and Certification of Work Absence / Accommodation due to Illness or Injury” for the purpose of consultation.
The Council directed that the proposed amended policy be circulated to physicians and placed on the CPSS website to seek feedback from other interested parties including members of the public. The Council will consider the feedback received when it considers the Policy at its meeting in late September.
This document is a policy, rather than a guideline. The College has accepted the following statement in relation to policies:
Policies contain requirements set by the Council of the College to supplement the Act and Bylaws. Policies are formal positions of the College in relation to defined areas of practice with which members must comply. The Council also sets policies on registration, administration, and governance of the College.
The College Council approved the Policy currently entitled “Physician Certification of Work Absence or Accommodation due to Illness or Injury and Completion of Third Party Forms” in June 2016. The policy reached its sunset date in September 2021 and a committee was appointed to consider the document. In June 2022, the Council considered the committee’s report and recommendation to adopt a shortened amended policy, with the intention to later create a ‘Guidance’ document for physicians that will include some of the additional background information the committee recommended removing from the Policy.
The amendments approved in principle by the Council include an updated format to make the policy consistent with more recent CPSS policies and guidelines, a modified title to try to make it more concise with the focus on completion of third party forms, and a focus on certain specific issues including:
- a. The requirement for patient consent,
- b. The timelines for providing a third party report,
- c. The expectation that fees will be established in advance,
- d. The expectation that the report will be legible and include a qualitative assessment, and
- e. The expectation that the report will be based on an objective examination and formulated within the physician’s scope of practice.
Click here for draft version of the amended policy.
The Council anticipates that it will consider feedback from
stakeholders, including members of the profession, at its meeting on September
30 and October 1, 2022. The Council would like to hear from you!
If you have concerns with the proposed policy,
it would be helpful if you explain the reasons for those concerns.
How to Respond
In order for the College to consider feedback and correlate feedback for the Council in time for the next Council meeting, all feedback should be provided to the College no later than Friday, September 9, 2022.
Please complete the survey linked below. Feedback can also be provided to email@example.com.