July 23, 2020
Confidence Vote Referendum on the Minister of Health
The Representative Forum held an emergency meeting Saturday, July 18 and, due to our rapidly deteriorating relationship with the provincial government, has requested a Confidence Vote Referendum on the Minister of Health. Over the next week, we are asking Alberta physicians to let their voices be heard.
Voting closes Tuesday, July 28 and is open to all AMA members who are Alberta residents.
Vote now

CMPA extending annual dues withdrawal to September 1
The Canadian Medical Protective Association will be deferring the withdrawal of annual dues to September 1, 2020, for physicians participating in the Medical Liability Reimbursement early reimbursement process.

Members who participate in the early reimbursement process will receive a separate email directly from the CMPA confirming the September 1 withdrawal date.
The withdrawal date was previously extended by the CMPA to August 1 (see Alberta Health bulletin MED 232). The AMA advocated to the CMPA for a further extension given the technical challenges physicians are experiencing with the application form and concerns related to the unsecured email electronic application submission process. This will provide time for physicians who opt for the more secure mail-in application option to receive their reimbursement before CMPA dues are withdrawn.
We want to thank the CMPA for granting the additional extension to Alberta physicians.
Please contact Alberta Health: health.mlrprogram@gov.ab.ca.

Unused CME allotments will expire July 31
Please note this is applicable only to members emailed regarding remaining allotments.
Physicians have until July 31 to submit claims to use up their remaining Continuing Medical Education balance. As the CME Program was eliminated effective March 31, 2020, due to government's Physician Compensation Framework, CME to be claimed must have been completed on or before March 31, 2020.
Allotments will expire if not used by July 31
We encourage you to submit your CME claim online through the AMA member dashboard (member login required). For further CME related assistance, please email CME@albertadoctors.org or call 780.482.0324, toll-free 1.866.714.5724 (ext. 5324).
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Alberta Netcare eReferral Advice Request Updates
On June 26, Surgery – Podiatry joined eReferral Advice Request as a new specialty in the Calgary Zone. In addition, three existing Advice Request specialties were expanded to the following Zones:
  • OBS-GYN – Edmonton Zone
  • Surgery – General Surgery – South Zone
  • Urology – Calgary Zone
To get started, read the eReferral Advice Request quick reference or watch the Advice Request eTraining video. If you need additional support, contact eHealth Netcare Support Services at 1.855.643.8649 or email ehealthsupport@cgi.com.
View Advice Request quick reference

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Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Conference | October 23-24
The PEIP Conference this fall will highlight clinically relevant primary care topics that combine evidence, experience and patient values that are free of industry bias. This multidisciplinary event will be fully accessible online via webcast with limited in-person seating, and will showcase relevant, evidence-based and thought-provoking topics in health care. Save the date; registration will open in August. Visit www.peipconference.ca for more information.
For additional event information please contact Nikita McEwan (cpd@acfp.ca), Coordinator, Member Programs and PEER Partnership Alberta College of Family Physicians.
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Your colleagues make a difference
We recently profiled two AMA members in Alberta Doctors' Digest:
For our Shine A Light initiative, we profiled Dr. Joni McNeely, Gleichen family physician.
Student Spotlight: University of Calgary medical student Alex Corrigan lead the launch of the Students for Healthcare Providers initiative.

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