October 15, 2019
October 1 updates to the SOMB
Learn about the latest billing changes to the Schedule of Medical Benefits. The AMA's Billing Corner keeps members up to date on billing changes to the SOMB.
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What is Connect Care?
Connect Care will bridge gaps between patients, their health information, health care providers, and locations. It will also help to bridge current and future care. Health care providers can use the system to identify the decisions and approaches that best improve Albertans’ lives. By sharing knowledge, we can close gaps which ultimately lead to better outcomes and satisfaction for Albertans.
Community practitioners are a huge part of any person’s care team, and it’s vital that they have information and awareness about Connect Care and how it will support and benefit the care of their patients.
As Connect Care rolls out, it will change some of the ways we interact and receive information. This includes lab, diagnostic imaging and some other test results. The information in the link below outlines those changes and enhancements to the information you already receive. 
What do I need to know?

Five tips to get retirement ready
If you're one of the 20,000 or so Canadian physicians within 10 years of your 65th birthday, you may be considering retiring soon. These five tips can help prepare you to be more retirement ready.
Read the tips
MD Financial Management provides financial products and services, the MD Family of Funds and investment counselling services through the MD Group of Companies. For a detailed list of these companies, visit md.ca. MD Financial Management is a proud sponsor of the AMA Youth Run Club.

CII making a difference for specialists and patients
Community Information Integration (CII) is new technology that enables community specialists using a Microquest, QHR or TELUS electronic medical record to upload consult reports to Alberta Netcare. Continue reading to learn how two specialists used CII to reduce the need for additional consultations and increased efficiency, enhancing care for their patients.
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Need help with the diagnosis of a work-related injury?
Expedited orthopedic surgeon consultations are only a referral away.
With a network of orthopedic surgeon partners, WCB-Alberta can offer you and your patients expedited consultation through its new Diagnostic and Treatment Consultation (DTC) service
What to expect when referring a patient for a consultation

Trained Chaperones – an asset to your health care team
One-day workshops now available.
Designed for Medical Office Assistants, LPNs, RNs and PCAs, MacEwan University is offering one-day, interactive workshops to facilitate more positive and successful patient-physician interactions. Participants will learn what constitutes a proper vs. improper intimate examination, how to provide chaperone support to both patients and physicians and how to observe and document interactions correctly.
Workshop dates: Oct 18 | Feb 28 | May 29
Register today

Changes to Alberta Netcare Portal
Alberta Netcare will look a bit different this Thursday, which is the result of the new Clinical Information System that AHS will be using, called Connect Care. For a preview of the changes please visit the Alberta Netcare website.
Questions or concerns?
Please contact eHealth Netcare Support Services at 1.855.643.8649 or ehealthsupport@cgi.com

Get extended health and dental coverage from AMA
Now is your opportunity to enroll in our popular AMA Health Benefits Trust Fund. Our annual open enrollment period runs until October 31.
Learn more

Students and residents: Have you applied for the ELiHP grant yet?
Apply by Friday, November 1 for funding for your great health promotion initiative. Grant amounts are flexible (minimum of $500 per grant), and up to $20,000 is available for distribution among deserving projects for 2019-20.
This grant program is intended to:
  • Promote development of the physician's role as advocates for healthy populations.
  • Provide experience in health promotion as integral to medical practice.
  • Facilitate growth of leadership and advocacy skills in a mentored environment.
The Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion grant program is sponsored by the Alberta Medical Association, MD Financial Management, the Canadian Medical Association and Joule.
Questions? Contact us at:
View eligibility requirements and grant program information
In our last issue the link to the story, Should you agree to be someone’s executor? from MD Financial Management was broken. Here is the correct link.

MD Scope Classifieds
In the October 17, 2019 MD Scope Classifieds you'll find listings for:

- Locums wanted
- Physicians wanted
Space available
- For sale
- Services

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