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November eNews: Message From the Executive Director & Board Director

Alberta’s Primary Care Alliance: Influencing Health Policy and System Improvements

There are three ways to influence and have impact – Role, Relationships, and Expertise

The Alberta College of Family Physicians is an active partner in Alberta’s Primary Care Alliance (PCA). We have two seats at this table occupied by Dr. Sonya Lee, ACFP Board Member and Terri Potter, ACFP Executive Director.

The PCA vision is to connect islands of family physician leadership to help lead and engage in health care system transformation in Alberta. The PCA has gained the ability to influence:

  1. Through its formalization of the PCA role as a point of contact to the complex primary care system in Alberta,
  2. the collective expertise it has within it through its membership, and
  3. through the solid relationships that it has developed over the years.

Collaboration is Key

With the strength and support of the member organizations, the Alberta College of Family Physicians, AMA’s Section of General Practice & Section of Rural Medicine, Primary Care Networks of Alberta, and Academic Family Medicine, we are able to share expertise and diverse perspectives to think critically and strategically toward unique solutions.We then act collectively and as individual organizations toward that common vision and strategy using tactics that fit with our organizational mandates, resources and relationships. The membership of the Alliance is:

  • Section of General Practice president: Dr. Darryl D. LaBuick
  • Section of Rural Medicine president: Dr. Edward Aasman
  • PCN Physician Leads’ Executive chair: Dr. Jeffrey Bratvold
  • AMA Board of Directors: Drs. Tobias Gelber and Howard Evans
  • Alberta College of Family Physicians: Dr. Sonya Lee and Terri Potter
  • Academic representative: Dr. Lee Green
  • PCA Chair: Dr. Brad Bahler

The PCA’s current priorities are the implementation of the Vision of the Patient’s Medical Home and to increase the integration and effectiveness of the health system. To that end, the member organizations have each carved off their areas of influence and assigned resources to advance their part of the solution.
The ACFP has been a key player in providing expertise and influence in areas such as continuing professional development, clinical leadership, evidence-based decision making, primary care and family medicine research, quality improvement, and the awareness of the value of the family physician. Our relationships outside the PCA have been invaluable in this work:

If you as a member of the ACFP would like to talk about the work of the ACFP and its role at the Primary Care Alliance, please feel free to reach Dr. Sonya Lee or Terri Potter. Several members of the PCA will also be available during the upcoming Family Medicine Summit (Formerly ASA) in Banff on March 1-3, 2019 and would be willing to sit over a coffee or meal.

Sonya Lee, BSc, MD, CCFP, MHSc, FCFP
ACFP Board Director, PCA Representative
and
Terri Potter, BA PMP CAE
ACFP Executive Director, PCA Representative

New rules for MAID reporting now in effect

AHS Care Coordination Service will receive all reports

On Nov. 1, 2018, the Government of Canada’s new Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Regulations came into effect. The regulations apply only to MAID requests received on or after this date. Requests in progress before Nov. 1, 2018 are not subject to the new rules.

Physicians and Nurse Practitioners are now required to file reports at each step in the MAID process, including when they receive a request for MAID. Pharmacists who dispense any substance for MAID will also be required to report basic information.

To streamline reporting:

  • all practitioners will report through the AHS Care Coordination Service
  • forms already in use are being updated to incorporate the federal requirements

The AHS Care Coordination Service will manage data collection on behalf of the MAID Regulatory Review Committee, for reporting to the Minister of Alberta Health and Health Canada as applicable. As well as making it easier for practitioners, this process will provide a safeguard against non-compliance with the regulations, enacted under the Criminal Code.

Practitioners who provide MAID are also required to submit specific information to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner within 24 hours of the patient’s death.

To access the forms, go to the AHS website and click on the Forms tab. Links to a MAID Reporting summary and required forms are posted there. A secure RightFax has been set up to submit completed forms to the AHS Care Coordination Service.

More information and resources are available in the CPSA Physician Portal under Additional Resources.

Questions about MAID reporting? Email maidreporting@ahs.ca

CALL FOR RESEARCH ABSTRACTS – NOW OPEN!

What’s Up Doc Research Showcase – Call for Research Abstracts Is Now Open!

Submit Your Oral Presentation and Poster Abstracts Today

Deadline: November 29, 2018

  • No limit to the number of abstracts an author may submit
  • One abstract form is required for each abstract being submitted
  • This event is a forum for presentation and dissemination of research. Recruitment, marketing of products, services or software is not allowed. Abstracts should not contain any references or acknowledgements.
  • Submissions will be peer reviewed. The Research Review Committee will evaluate and score each abstract based on the following criteria: Relevance and importance to family medicine; Relevance to primary care research and researchers; Innovation/originality; Clear, well-written description, well-defined objectives and appropriate learning methods/style
  • Research Review Committee reserves the right to decide the presentation format of your submission, and may also limit the number of oral presentations for each presenter.

Download the Submission Guidelines for more information.

 

Decisions for acceptance will be finalized by January 8, 2019. A list of successful abstracts will be posted on the ACFP website on January 9.

Contact Details
Please contact Lorrainne Dubois with any questions you may have.
Email: CPD@old.acfp.ca
Phone: 780-701-9715 or 1-800-361-0607 (Ext. 205)