June 2022
From the Primary Care Alliance
It’s summer 2022 – already! The on-going pandemic and care deficit that we are experiencing appears to be speeding up the clock. 

With that in mind, as we head into what will hopefully be a sunny season weather-wise (with Alberta, you never know!), I simply want to wish you, your family and loved ones an enjoyable summer. 

Please, if you can, take some time to experience the outdoors, spend time with family, or just do what relaxes and invigorates you; I really encourage you to do that in the next couple of months. 

The Primary Care Alliance and this publication will be on hiatus for July and August, returning in September. 
We’ll be ready then to dive back into the fall with a renewed sense of energy and purpose. An in-person version of PCN Forum returns in November. Watch for further details coming soon!

Summer is short. Let’s use it!

Take care,
Dr. Brad Bahler
Primary Care Alliance

Summative Notes and CII/CPAR eNotifications prevent patients from falling through the cracks

You may have noticed new patient reports coming directly to your EMR. Alberta Health Services has initiated a change and clinics enabled on eDelivery are now receiving Summative Notes documents in their EMR.

Learn about these reports at the link below.

Calling all ACFP members!

The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) is currently working on its next strategic plan and would like to hear from you.
Please take 10 minutes to share your thoughts on where you would like ACFP to focus its programs and services (and potentially win a prize by completing before July 17!).

Take the survey at the link below.

Referral and consultation improvements
Changes are coming soon to the referral and consultation process.

For the past several months, primary care champions have been co-designing, with specialty care champions, several process and program improvements.

Read more at the link below.
What is your approach to cancer diagnosis?

Researchers from the University of Alberta are conducting a “Cognitive Task Analysis Concept Mapping” study with family physicians to help them understand and improve cancer care, experiences, and outcomes in Alberta. This study is in partnership with the AHS Cancer Strategic Clinical Network.

The teams wants to learn more about the physician role and thinking in navigating the process of cancer diagnosis. Interviews are 90 minutes and take place over Zoom video conferencing. Honorariums will be offered.  
Please contact Lynn Toon at the link if you are interested in participating.

COVID-19 Resources 

Long COVID resources
For healthcare providers who are helping Albertans manage their symptoms, resources are available here: COVID-19 Recovery & Rehabilitation After COVID-19: Resources for Health Professionals.  Click here for posters to display in your waiting room and exam rooms. Questions: PHC@AHS.ca.

Monkeypox in Alberta webinar recording
This webinar, held June 29, was designed to support physicians and their teams in caring for patients with Monkeypox by providing information on testing, vaccination, clinical management, and an update on cases in Alberta. A recording is available on AMA Webinars & Online Learning webpage (member log in required).
CPSA is looking for your feedback on the new Continuing Competence standard of practice
In Dec. 2020, the Alberta government passed Bill 46: Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2022 (No. 2). This bill requires CPSA to move the existing Continuing Competence program from the Health Professions Act (HPA) to a CPSA standard of practice. This change gives regulatory colleges greater flexibility to adjust their standards as needed. CPSA Council has approved the draft Continuing Competence standard for consultation and are seeking your feedback on this new standard. 
Check out new video on Primary Healthcare Panel Reports
Half of all family physicians in Alberta receive a Primary Healthcare Panel Report from the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA). Have you requested your report yet?  If you want to learn why you should, please watch the HQCA’s new video about the reports. You’ll see how family physicians and their teams use these reports to support panel management, get new insight into primary care practices, and improve patient care. 
Check out the video today and share it with your colleagues in the primary care community. Request your HQCA Primary Healthcare Panel Report.
Help improve heart failure symptom management for patients in the Medical Home
One:carepath Co-Design: The development, implementation, and evaluation of an Innovative Integrated Supportive Care Pathway by Primary Care across Alberta. This work focuses on enhanced support for patients with advanced stage diseases within their medical home. The team is looking to interview 3-5 primary care physicians to know more about their role and thinking within the process of symptom management in heart failure. If this sounds like your area of interest, learn more
Survey: Help support family caregivers
If you’re a family physician caring for patients with chronic illness, disability or frailty, please take five minutes to complete a survey coordinated by the University of Alberta’s Caregiver Centered Care team. Survey results will inform the development and delivery of educational sessions for family physicians in supporting family caregivers.
Take the survey now
PFSP poetry opportunity - Expression and making meaning
Poetry is a form of expression. Writing it lets us get out our feelings and thoughts on a subject while reading it encourages us to connect and find meaning in our experiences.* This is especially important at times like these.
Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP) recognizes the importance of the emotional and social aspects of physicians’ lives in their overall wellness. They are pleased to introduce a new initiative with that focus.
They are inviting Alberta physicians in any career stage to send in their original poems/prose to be considered for publication in the PFSP Perspectives column in future issues of
Alberta Doctors’ Digest. 
How to submit your poetry:
  • Submissions (under 500 words please) can be emailed. please put the phrase “poetry submission” in the subject field of the email
  • They will acknowledge receipt of your submission. If it is selected for publication, they will work with the editor of ADD to determine when it can be published. 
For further information or questions, email PFSP.
*Source: thewisdomdaily.com

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