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Divisions Dispatch - March 21st, 2018

 
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Divisions Dispatch - March 21st, 2018
by Shenise Power - Thursday, 22 March 2018, 9:00 AM
 

     
   
      March 21, 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: Funding approved for physician-to-physician and PMH-to-PMH networks

2.     Partners launch planning process for Primary Care Networks

3.     Rural divisions and partners discuss PCNs in the rural context

4.     New Business Systems Manager joins provincial divisions team

5.     Delta Division launches mental health website

6.     Local approach to PMH assessment events engages East Kootenay division physicians

7.     Meaningful medication reviews and seniors – Seeking physician input

8.     Resources to support physicians to keep practices violence-free

9.     Physician feedback requested to rate patient priorities

10.   Partner publications

11.   Divisions in the News

PMH/PCN update: Funding approved for physician-to-physician and PMH-to-PMH networks

The GPSC has approved funding to support divisions in the development of physician-to-physician and PMH-to-PMH (team-to-team) networks (PMH attributes 11 and 12).

The funding will provide the additional support divisions requested to further engage and compensate physicians for the time and effort they dedicate to planning and implementing the PMH. In particular, this funding will support family doctors, their teams, and local divisions to build the relationships that are integral to the development, success, and sustainability of clinical service networks.

There is much good work underway at the community level, and this funding—alongside supports for team-based care—will enable divisions to maintain momentum toward establishment of PMHs and physician networks, which will be the foundation of the broader Primary Care Networks.

A funding request template outlining the expected deliverables is near completion and will soon be shared with divisions. More information will be forthcoming.

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Partners launch planning process for Primary Care Networks

On March 8, division and health authority representatives from 10 geographic areas, along with Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC leaders, GPSC support teams, and other stakeholders came together in Vancouver to discuss details around a 90-day planning process for Primary Care Networks (PCNs) that will begin in April.  The event provided an opportunity for participants to learn more about the vision and context for PCNs and a system of primary and community care. The provincial leadership team reviewed research and supports available to participating communities, discussed challenges and concerns, and sought feedback on a draft PCN service planning template. Click here to read more.

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Rural divisions and partners discuss PCNs in the rural context

On March 14, representatives from a number divisions representing rural communities, the GPSC, Ministry of Health, and RCCbc met to discuss Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in the rural context. The divisions provided an overview of activities in their communities and where they are in relation to PCNs This input informed key topics of discussion. Emerging high-level themes included the need for:

  • Clarity around the EOI process and service planning, funding, and definitions of "readiness" and "community."
  • Support for communication and dialogue between divisions and among partners in this work.
  • Equity and diversity in selection of communities for PCN rollout and the ability of these communities to influence policy.
  • Support for meaningful collaboration and engagement with First Nations and the FNHA.
  • Support for sharing learnings.
  • Early integration of an evaluation framework into the PCN development process.

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New Business Systems Manager joins provincial divisions team

The provincial divisions office welcomes Mary Prodanovic, who has joined the team as the new Business Systems Manager, Community Partnership & Integration.

Mary brings more than 25 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector in strategy development and implementation, human resources, change management, and finance. She served as the Director of Organizational Development and Human Resources at the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and as Manager of Organizational Projects and Planning at the United Way of the Lower Mainland, where her projects included several provincial and national initiatives. She has also worked at UBC in the Development Office and in Advancement Services.

Mary began her new role on March 19, 2018.

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Delta Division launches mental health website

The Delta division, in partnership with the Delta Local Action Team, has created the Mental Health South Delta website, an extensive compilation of mental health resources. The site links to hundreds of resources for adults, children/youth, families, and care providers dealing with mental health issues and includes interactive games, videos, chat line information, and more. The partners designed the site with their community in mind, but most of the information is relevant no matter where you live.

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Local approach to PMH assessment events engages East Kootenay division physicians

To encourage members to complete the patient medical home (PMH) assessment,  the East Kootenay division has taken a customized approach, hosting small group events in local communities throughout the region. Hosting these events has provided the division with valuable opportunities to engage with physicians and gather data to inform and track PMH success and enabled members to share ideas for improving health care in their communities. To learn more, including key tips on organizing these events, click here.

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Meaningful medication reviews and seniors – Seeking physician input

The Shared Care Polypharmacy Risk Reduction initiative is shifting its focus from residential and acute care and is now seeking input from family physicians on how to best support meaningful medication reviews within the PMH/PCN. Physicians who would like to learn more, or are willing to share their experiences of incorporating medication reviews into their practices for adults with complex medical conditions and frailty, contact Margaret English at menglish@doctorsofbc.ca.

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Resources to support physicians to keep practices violence-free

Like employers around the province, physicians have a responsibility to ensure their workplaces are safe. For information and resources to support physicians running office-based practices to ensure practice and staff safety, click here.

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Physician feedback requested to rate patient priorities

Primary care providers are asked to participate in a 5 to 10 minute online survey about patient priorities for future primary care research in BC. A team of patients identified ten top topics for primary health care research, and this survey allows for broader input from physicians who are asked to rate the importance of each topic. Hosted on the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation’s REDCap survey platform, responses will be anonymous and confidential.

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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

 

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March 13, 2018

Delta

The Delta Optimist

Two doctors secured for new clinic – New building to open doors in December

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

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