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Divisions Dispatch - July 10th

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Divisions Dispatch - July 10th
by Lindsay Morris - Thursday, 12 July 2018, 9:25 AM

July 10, 2018

Coming soon: New incentive to support family doctors to manage their patient panel

The GPSC is developing a new Panel Development Incentive to compensate doctors for the time and effort required to improve the accuracy and quality of patient data. The Panel Development Incentive will be valued at $6,000 and will consist of three payments.

To be eligible for the incentive, doctors must be using an EMR system to manage patient information and have completed the GPSC PMH Assessment in the 12 months before applying for the incentive. The Panel Development Incentive is in final stages of development and is anticipated to be available to family doctors in September 2018

This incentive will enhance GPSC supports for panel management, which include in-practice coaching and EMR-based panel management tools.

Learn more about the upcoming Panel Development Incentive and supports currently available for panel management.

Learn more about GPSC’s phases to panel management.


New Divisions website launch and training

As announced in a direct email to divisions sent yesterday (July 9), the new Divisions website will go live on July 23.

In preparation for the launch, we will begin transferring all content from the current platform to the new Drupal platform as of July 13. To help ensure accuracy and efficiency of this process, we ask that divisions make only urgent changes to their websites between July 9 (yesterday) and July 23 (site launch date). Click here for information on relevant dates and instructions.

Two training webinars to walk division staff through the new user-friendly Drupal platform are scheduled for:

• Wednesday, July 25. 9-10 AM. Register here.
• Thursday, July 26. 2-3 PM. Register here.

Divisions who are unable to attend either of these sessions can contact the provincial office to schedule support at an alternate time and date.

To prepare for the training webinars and working in the Drupal platform, division staff can review these orientation resources.

If you have any questions in the meantime, contact Clare O’Callaghan at

Divisions’ Residential Care Initiative successes highlighted in Vancouver Sun op-ed

Doctors of BC president Dr Eric Cadesky responded to the recent Vancouver Sun series on seniors’ care in an op-ed piece published on June 30th, highlighting the success of a number of divisions’ Residential Care Initiative projects.

The op-ed describes the system-level outcomes of the initiative and outlines some of the ways in which these outcomes are being met, including reductions in hospital transfers and the impact of meaningful medication reviews.

Click here to read more.

If your division would like to submit a pitch to local media about RCI successes and achievements, please contact Tara Lyon at

Nanaimo division physician profiled in Doctors of BC’s “Doctors Making a Difference” series

As part of its ongoing Doctors Making a Difference series, Doctors of BC recently profiled Dr Melissa Oberholster, Chair of the Nanaimo Division of Family Practice. The profile piece highlights Dr Oberholster’s leadership role with the division and how her own move from South Africa to Vancouver Island has informed her input on the Division’s efforts to recruit physicians to practice in Nanaimo and all over Vancouver Island.

Read the article here.

Article on SOS Division medication wastage study published in BC Medical Journal

South Okanagan Similkameen division doctors participating in meaningful medication reviews through the Residential Care Initiative discovered in 2017 that the resulting changes to patients’ prescriptions were causing an increase in the number of medications being returned to pharmacies for disposal.

A team of local doctors and pharmacists, led by Dr Bob Mack, undertook an in-depth study to determine exactly how much money was being lost through medication wastage and unnecessary packaging disposal. The study was used as the basis of an article in the July/August issue of the BC Medical Journal, entitled “Medication wastage in residential care facilities.”

Click here to learn more.

BC Patient Safety and Quality Council 2019 Quality Awards nominations

Nominations are open for the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council’s (BCPSQC) 2019 Quality Awards and the submission deadline is July 15, 2018Click here for information on the eight award categories.

Winners will receive a $2,500 sponsorship to support or disseminate learning from their projects and will be recognized with an awards ceremony at Health Talks on February 26, 2019. Winners will also receive complimentary registration for the Quality Forum on February 27 and 28, 2019, and winners of the four initiative-based awards will be invited to present at the Forum.

For more information, including full nomination/judging criteria and nomination forms, visit the website. For questions, email or call 604 668-8210.

BC Guideline updates: New ultrasound prioritization guidelines; call for reviewers

New guidelines

New BC Guidelines for ultrasound prioritization have been announced, which summarize suggested wait times for common indications where ultrasound is the recommended first imaging test. The changes help to inform primary care practitioners of how referrals are prioritized by radiologists, radiology departments, and community imaging clinics across the province.

For more information, see the one-page overview.

Call for reviewers

The BC Guidelines and Protocol Advisory Committee (GPAC) is seeking external reviewers to provide feedback on the new guidelines for Testosterone Testing Protocol.

The Testosterone Testing Protocol, an updated version of Testosterone Testing Protocol (2011), summarizes the appropriate use of serum testosterone testing in men and women aged 19 years or older.

Feedback can be made on the BC Guidelines external review page via the new online questionnaire. Deadline for review is July 31, 2018.

For more information about BC Guidelines, visit the website.


BC Provincial Eating Disorders Network seeking survey responses

The BC Provincial Eating Disorders Network has developed a survey for BC primary care providers about the prevalence and treatment of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). The survey is intended to inform an overview of the gaps in care and available resources across BC.

Family physicians can complete the survey here.


Patients as Partners monthly bulletin

The Patient as Partners initiative creates a monthly activity guide each month, containing learning opportunities available to physicians and health care providers, as well as events and activities available to patients.

To subscribe to the monthly bulletin, contact

Divisions in the news





June 21, 2018


The Free Press

New seniors care facility officially announced

June 21, 2018


Construction under way for new seniors’ housing

June 25, 2018


Action needed to address seniors care worker shortage crisis, says BCCPA

June 28, 2018

Cowichan Valley

Chemainus Valley Courier

Generous Chemainus, Crofton and Saltair communities contribute large scholarship, bursary amounts

June 29, 2018


Premier John Horgan: We’re working to deliver the health care you’ve been waiting for

June 30, 2018


The Vancouver Sun

Dr. Eric Cadesky: B.C. doctors working to improve care for residential-care patients

July 3, 2018


Osoyoos Times

OPINION: Horgan taking credit for Liberal initiatives, says critic

July 4, 2018


CTV News

'It's a crisis': Patients in need of family doctor wait hours in line