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Divisions Dispatch. March 6, 2018

 
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Divisions Dispatch. March 6, 2018
by Lucy Last - Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 9:15 AM
 

Divisions of Family Practice

Divisions Dispatch

March 6, 2018

Find the latest news from the provincial team and complementary organizations in this issue of Divisions Dispatch. This newsletter is sent to local division physician leads, executive directors, coordinators, boards of directors, and admin staff; Doctors of BC staff involved in the GPSC and the Divisions of Family Practice initiative; and a number of Ministry of Health and health authority staff. We encourage divisions to share the newsletter, or the relevant items, with their members. This issue can also be found on the Divisions of Family Practice website.

IN THIS ISSUE

1.     PMH/PCN update: GPSC selects early adopter communities

2.     GPSC update: February GPSC meeting summary, GPSC newsletter now online

3.     Changes to CPSBC physician directory

4.     Register for SGP’s billing education workshop

5.     Funding for rural physicians to attend Rural and Remote Medicine Course

6.     Multi-division collaboration attracts new doctors to Vancouver Island

7.     Nominate physician representative to join Health Data Coalition (HDC) membership

8.     Registration open for Walk with your Doc

9.     Doctors of BC 2018 annual general meeting

10.   DTO technical bulletin: Preventing attacks to online services

11.   BC Summit on Surgical Improvement event report available

12.   Subscribe to Patients as Partners monthly bulletin

13.   Partner publications

14.   Divisions in the News

PMH/PCN update: GPSC selects early adopter communities

The GPSC received 11 primary care network (PCN) expressions of interest (EOI) from CSCs by the first intake of February 1, 2018. After a detailed review, the committee selected 10 communities to move ahead in two phases. The decision to phase the work is to: ensure sufficient capacity to support the communities, allow an opportunity to learn about further needs before moving forward with a larger group of communities, and build in room to refine the process based on feedback.

The five communities in the first phase are Burnaby, Comox, Prince George, Richmond, and South Okanagan Similkameen. Care was taken to ensure representation from each health region and a variety of community sizes. These CSCs will receive $150,000 in change management funding  to support them in the development of their local service plans.

The second wave of communities are Fraser Northwest, Kootenay Boundary, Ridge Meadows, South Island, and Vancouver. Phase two is anticipated to begin in May or June 2018.

Based on learnings from the first wave of intakes, the GPSC is revising the EOI template. The revised template and details about available resources will be made available as early as possible.
The BC Government and Doctors of BC are working on an announcement about primary care networks. This news will be shared with media in the coming weeks. If your community is contacted by the media prior to or after this announcement, contact the divisions of family practice communications team for support.

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GPSC update: February GPSC meeting summary, GPSC newsletter now online

February GPSC meeting summary

Topics covered in the February GPSC meeting summary include:

  • PCN Implementation: Expression of interest
  • Incentive program
  • In-patient care
  • Team-based care small group learning sessions
  • Feedback from the profession
  • Community health centers and patient medical homes
  • GPSC Spring Summit and work plan
  • The next GPSC meeting is scheduled for May 31, 2018

GPSC newsletter now online

The spring 2018 issue of GP Update, the GPSC’s quarterly newsletter, features articles on:

  • Team-based care: A sense of community benefits patients and providers
  • Residential care initiative: Early data from eight divisions show positive impact
  • Division-led PMH practice assessment event provides valuable physician engagement opportunity

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Changes to CPSBC physician directory

On March 1, 2018, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) changed its physician search directory, removing the feature that allowed family physicians to identify themselves as accepting new patients. Patients who contact the College looking for a family physician are now referred to HealthLink BC for information, which is available online or by phone as follows:

  • Online (HealthLink BC website)
    The CPSBC has removed references to the “accepting patients” feature on its website and now directs site visitors to find a walk-in clinic in their community or contact HealthLink BC. HealthLink BC has updated its Directory to include all divisions, clearly identifying those with patient attachment mechanisms and linking to related information on their sites.
     
  • By phone (8-1-1 Navigator)
    HealthLink BC’s 8-1-1 Navigators (non-clinical call takers) determine where a caller resides and whether the division in that area is one of the 14 in BC who have a patient attachment mechanism. If so, the Navigator will advise the caller how to participate in that mechanism. If not, the Navigator will help them find a walk-in clinic in their community and advise on finding health services via the College’s physician directory.

HealthLink BC is interested in division feedback about the impact this change may have on their operations. To discuss the call handling process and the HealthLink BC Directory, contact Chantelle Cawston, Operations Manager, Navigation Services at Chantelle.Cawston@gov.bc.ca or 604-215-8143.

Provincial office supports
To support divisions with and without attachment mechanisms, the provincial office provided all with messaging to address potential media and member inquiries.

If you receive a media call regarding this change and would like support in responding, contact cocallaghan@doctorsofbc.ca or tlyon@doctorsofbc.ca

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Register for SGP’s billing education workshop

The SGP is pleased to present a billing education workshop: The Dollars and Sense of Family Practice on April 29, 2018 at St Paul’s Hospital Conference Centre in Vancouver. This event is for GPs, MOAs, and residents.

Topics include:

  • Latest changes to GPSC fees and billing for team-based care
  • Billing for paperwork and uninsured services
  • Patient medical home/primary care networks
  • Basic office billing
  • Billing for emergency room, residential care, and obstetrics
  • MOA tips for smoother office workflow

For a full agenda, click here. To register, click here.

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Funding for rural physicians to attend Rural and Remote Medicine Course

The Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues has approved funding of $1,000 for any BC rural doctor interested in attending the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada’s 26th annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course. This year’s event takes place April 12 – 14, 2018 in St. John’s Conference Center, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Rural and Remote Medicine Course is one of the largest rural medical conferences that provides rural doctors the opportunity to gain or upgrade vital skills, exchange knowledge, develop professional and social networks, and compare notes on the evolving field of rural medical practice.
If you are a practising rural physician who would like more information on funding eligibility, please email ruralprograms@doctorsofbc.ca.

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Multi-division collaboration attracts new doctors to Vancouver Island

A “one-for-all” approach to GP recruitment on Vancouver Island has yielded success and a model for regional collaboration elsewhere in BC.

Island divisions formed the Vancouver Island Regional Recruitment and Retention Working Group to facilitate a collaborative approach to attracting and recruiting doctors to the region.

The group recently achieved recruitment success by rolling out a multi-division welcome process for a husband and wife physician team from Ireland. The new doctors toured four communities in the south island region, ultimately deciding to join a Nanaimo-area clinic.

Funding from the GPSC also enabled the group to develop and outline a strategy that other divisions considering a collaborative approach to recruitment might use. The strategy has been shared alongside other useful resources on www.practiceinbc.ca.
Click the links below to learn more.

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Nominate physician representative to join Health Data Coalition (HDC) membership

The Health Data Coalition (HDC) is inviting divisions to choose a physician representative to join its membership. Divisional membership and the use of the HDC application are offered at no cost, thanks to the sponsorship of the GPSC.

Across 15 divisions, 250 physicians are registered, and Intrahealth and TELUS EMR adaptor expansion will further enable 95% of BC’s family physicians to contribute and compare HDC data by fall 2018.

Between 2011 and 2014, twenty-five divisions invested a portion of their infrastructure budget in the Physicians Data Collaborative (PDC), a data-sharing resource to support quality improvement activities. In April 2016, the PDC merged with AMCARE, a similar initiative in northern BC, to establish the HDC, a trusted, provincial solution supporting networks of physicians’ collaborative use of clinical data for quality improvement.

To learn more about how the HDC can inform divisional quality improvement initiatives, contact cmcguinness@telus.net or click here.

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Registration open for Walk with your Doc

Walk with your Doc is a fun and simple way to get patients moving and to discuss the benefits of daily activity in an informal and social setting. Join hundreds of doctors across BC and host a Walk with your Doc event in your community between May 5 – May 13, 2018. To register, click here.

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Doctors of BC 2018 annual general meeting

Doctors of BC members are invited to attend the 2018 annual general meeting (AGM) on June 2, 2018 at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre (UBC Campus, 6163 University Blvd., Vancouver). Onsite registration opens at 8:15 a.m., and the AGM will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Jack Poole Hall. The evening events will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, commencing at 5:15 p.m. with a reception, followed by the Doctors of BC annual awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m., including installation of officers. Register to attend the three-course President’s Dinner, with an address given by our newly installed president, Dr Eric Cadesky.

To register, or for more information, click here.

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DTO technical bulletin: Preventing attacks to online services

As many clinics are using online services such as Gmail, Twitter, Amazon, and Apple iCloud, it's critical to ensure appropriate security is in place to prevent hacking. DTO recommends clinics use login credentials that require two-factor authentication.

Click here for instructions on how to set-up a two-step authentication and to read the latest technical bulletin.

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BC Summit on Surgical Improvement event report available

On January 22, the Joint Collaborative Committees and the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council hosted The BC Summit on Surgical Improvement. More than 200 participants—including specialists, GPs, surgical team members, operational leaders, policy makers, patient representatives and others—gathered to learn about, discuss, and expand on surgical improvement relative to BC’s surgical services strategy. An event report is available here.

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Subscribe to 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 kristen.grant@gov.bc.ca.

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Partner publications

Local division newsletters. Contact Courtney Peters (cpeters@doctorsofbc.ca) to add your division’s newsletter to the list.

GP Update. Quarterly GPSC newsletter.

The Link. Updates from the Shared Care Committee.

SSC Focus. Quarterly newsletter from Specialist Services Committee.

BC Medical Journal: A forum for BC physicians to share knowledge and opinions.

Pathways Update: Latest news and user tips from Pathways (login required).

Facility Engagement Update: Monthly updates from Facility Engagement.

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Divisions in the News

 

DATE

DIVISION

PUBLICATION

TITLE

March 5, 2018

Abbotsford

The Abbotsford News

Cervical cancer screening can save women’s lives

March 3, 2018

Pacific Northwest

BC Local News

New practice brings doctor back to her roots

March 2, 2018

Chilliwack

BC Local News

Free agency of doctors could be curbed with parameters, says Chilliwack-Kent MLA

March 2, 2018

Provincial

Terrace Standard

Seniors advocate concerned about over-use of medication

March 2, 2018

Ridge Meadows

Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows News

One step foward, one step back, in attempts to draw doctors to Maple Ridge

March 2, 2018

Provincial

CBC News

Q&A: B.C. Minister of Health on family doctors, senior homes and pharmacare

March 1, 2018

Central Okanagan

Fresh Radio 100.5

Doctor shortage puts pressure on Okanagan walk-in clinics

March 1, 2018

South Okanagan Similkameen

Global News

‘I just feel it’s wrong’: Summerland couple questions fee to access own medical records

March 1, 2018

Central Okanagan

Global News

Doctor shortage puts pressure on Okanagan walk-in clinics

March 1, 2018

South Okanagan Similkameen

Global News

Upgrades announced for Oliver hospital

February 28, 2018

Thompson Region

The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal

New doctor at Ashcroft clinic wants to make the town his long-term home

February 28, 2018

Provincial

The Vancouver Sun

Website search function for a doctor dropped due to outdated information

February 25, 2018

South Okanagan Similkameen

Salmon Arm Observer

Changing the picture of family medical care

February 22, 2018

Provincial

Times Colonist

More funding brings more hands-on care for seniors

February 21, 2018

Provincial

CBC News

What Nova Scotia can learn from a B.C. community's red carpet recruitment efforts

February 21, 2018

Thompson Region

Kamloops this Week

New medical clinic to open at Royal Inland Hospital

Media coverage is monitored by the Divisions of Family Practice provincial communications team and compiled on the Divisions in the News page. If you would like more information on a particular story, please contact Courtney Peters at cpeters@doctorsofbc.ca