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In Circulation - How are you feeling about your Health Authority?

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In Circulation - How are you feeling about your Health Authority?
by Lucy Last - Monday, 4 June 2018, 10:32 AM

June 1, 2018    @DoctorsOfBC


In Circulation provides current, relevant practice and professional information for Doctors of BC members




How are you feeling about your Health Authority?

Doctors of BC wants to know about your level of engagement with the Health Authority in which you work. We are encouraging all members – not just those who work in a hospital – to take our annual Health Authority Engagement survey. For the first year, the survey provides a Divisions breakdown that allows us to shed light on trends by community and by each Division of Family Practice.

Why is this important?  Because your feedback will help Doctors of BC shape programs and policies to improve physician engagement with your health authorities and it will be used by the Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs) to inform their work. It will help us better advocate for you – not only with health authorities, but more broadly in your community.

How to participate? You should have received an e-mail from Doctors of BC on May 24th, with a subsequent reminder on June 1st, inviting you to take the survey. Completing it should take no more than 5 minutes and is completely anonymous and confidential. The deadline for responses is midnight on Thursday, June 21st, 2018. When you have completed the survey, you can enter a draw to win one of two iPad Pros or Surface Pros. Can’t find the e-mail invitation? Contact us at and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Annual General Meeting

It is not too late to register for this year’s Annual General Meeting taking place Saturday June 1st. For registration information, click here.

This weekend also marks the end of Dr Trina Larsen Sole’s term as President. On Saturday afternoon, Dr Eric Cadesky, will begin his year as President.

We will have all the information on the AGM and you can learn more about our new President next week on our Doctors of BC website. If you have a question or concern for Dr Cadesky, drop him a line at





Thank you for walking the talk!

The 2018 Walk with Your Doc campaign has officially wrapped up with nearly 5,000 British Columbians taking part. More than 250 doctors led the series of walks, joined by physiotherapists, nurse practitioners, paramedics, medical office assistants in 48 communities throughout BC. Walk with your Doc is just one of a number of Doctors of BC initiatives to improve health and wellness of British Columbians. To learn more about this month’s walks, click here

Doctors Making a Difference

This month, our Doctors Making a Difference series features Dr Shikha Minhas, a palliative care physician in Fraser Health. Click here to read about her. 

Dr Minhas is one of many physicians going above and beyond to make a real difference for their patients, communities and the health care system. Do you know any physicians fitting that description? Drop us a line at with his or her name and contact information. You may see them profiled in a future article.




Not just a prescription pad: A multimodal approach to chronic pain management

Chronic pain management is an important topic on the minds of many physicians. This month, WorkSafeBC invites you to events being held throughout the province to learn more about: safe prescribing of opioids; tapering, substitution, and exit strategies; various pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain; community and regional resources, including WorkSafeBC programs; and more. The first event is being held in Nelson on June 18th.
To register or obtain information, including other dates and locations, click here.

Funding applications for genetic tests

Starting today, funding applications for out of province (OOP) and out of country (OOC) lab and genetic testing that had been done by Health Insurance BC will be handled by BC’s Agency for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. There is no change to testing that is managed and funded by other provincial agencies.

The transition is taking place to support an evidence based approach when determining the medical necessity of testing. The Agency will track, monitor and report on OOP/OOC test applications for improved planning. Analysis of key metrics will help to identify areas for cost-quality improvement. Inquiries regarding the out of province and out of country funding application process can be sent to For more information and the new application forms, click here. A reminder to please not submit patient information or personal identifiable information via email.

Ministry seeks input on health technologies

If you have an interest in the future of health technology, you may want to consider this opportunity. The Ministry of Health Health Technology Review Office is developing a roster of clinicians who are interested in providing clinical input into future health technology assessment reports. These contracts require 7 to 8 hours of work to be completed within a specified time-frame. Physicians will be compensated by the Ministry of Health.

If you are interested in being notified directly about future health technology assessment contract opportunities, please send an email to  indicating your interest.

Electronic reports - LGH and SGH

Since April 28th, health care providers have been receiving reports from Lions Gate (LGH) and Squamish General (SGH) hospitals with the following changes:
• Medical Imaging and Cardiology reports delivered via Excelleris.
• Enhancements to the categorization of clinical reports.
• Distribution by mail/courier is being phased out in favour of delivery to your EMR, Launchpad, or fax through Excelleris.

These changes are part of the Clinical and Systems Transformation (CST) and Electronic Results Distribution projects. For more information about these changes please visit the CST website.

Given the magnitude of the change, we encourage you to be more alert to any issues and report them to your EMR vendor or Excelleris (1-866-728-4777).