February 25, 2021
In this issue
  • Spacing recommendations between COVID-19 vaccines and other shots
  • Connect Care updates for primary care and community providers
  • Apply today: AMA/WCB Advisory Committee
  • What is your approach when using Clinical Pathways for Cancer Diagnosis?
  • Surgical Autodial updates to Edmonton Zone waitlists
  • Celebrate your colleagues with an ACFP award!
  • Submit for you questions for the Specialty Care Alliance Spring Forum
  • Register today for the ACFP Family Medicine Summit
  • Everything you need to know as you prepare for your 2020 taxes
  • Survey Corner:
    • Teamwork characteristics in different health care environments
    • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Screening for Newborns

COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines: Spacing recommendations
Consideration of COVID-19 vaccine administration is required when assessing patients for other vaccines and vice versa. In the absence of evidence, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has published the following recommendations:
  • COVID-19 vaccines should not be given simultaneously with any other vaccines.
  • Wait for a period of at least 28 days between the administration of the complete two-dose schedule of COVID-19 vaccine and the administration of another vaccine (except in the case where another vaccine is required for post-exposure prophylaxis). This includes refraining from administering other vaccines between the first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Wait for a period of at least 14 days after the administration of another vaccine before administering a COVID-19 vaccine.
These recommendations are based on:
  • The potential for immune interference, and
  • The need to monitor for potential COVID-19 vaccine adverse events without the potential confounding effects from adverse events following other vaccines.
More information

NACI statement:
Alberta Immunization Policy COVID-19 documents:

Primary care and community providers: Connect Care identifiers and wave sequencing update
Connect Care will launch Wave 3 at sites in the former Peace Region of North Zone on April 10. All community providers in Alberta need to take action so that laboratory, diagnostic imaging, and other investigation results and reports are delivered to your office. Connect Care identifiers have been distributed to providers and clinics.
  • Use Connect Care identifiers on requisitions
  • Use updated requisitions to order laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging
Connect Care has adjusted some planned wave launch dates to accommodate pandemic pressures. There will still be nine implementation waves in total, to be completed in 2023. Future adjustments may be needed as Connect Care is rolled out. Patients and health care teams will continue to come first in every decision made, to ensure each wave can be launched effectively and safely. The commitment to Connect Care has not changed and its successful implementation remains a priority for Alberta Health Services.
For more information:
To learn how Connect Care, Alberta Netcare and CII/CPAR work together, read this Frequently Asked Questions document.

Apply today: AMA/WCB Advisory Committee
The AMA/WCB Advisory Committee is looking to fill one member position and one co-chair position.
The committee was established to enhance the relationship between the AMA and WCB in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of injured workers in Alberta, and to provide mechanisms for the ongoing management and implementation of the Agreement.
If you have an interest in WCB-related issues, please visit the AMA committee recruitment web application (login required) to view the posting and apply. The application deadline is March 15.
Apply today

Are you interested in the integration of cancer clinical care pathways in primary care?
The Enhancing Alberta Primary Care Research Networks (EnACt) research team, led by Dr. Lee Green, is conducting a qualitative research study seeking to understand how family physicians think about and approach the use of Clinical Pathways for Cancer Diagnosis in their practice. This knowledge will inform how to better integrate co-developed (primary and specialty care) pathways into primary care physicians’ workflow.
Your involvement
You would be invited to a one-hour, virtual (e.g., Zoom or telephone) interview to know more about your approach and thinking when using (or not using) Cancer Clinical Pathways. The interview will be arranged at a time of your choice. You will also be asked to fill out a brief demographics questionnaire; taking less than five minutes. Honorariums will be offered. Please contact Lynn Toon for more information.
Learn more

Have patients waiting for surgery? Surgical Autodial updates Edmonton Zone waitlists.
Patients listed for surgery with plastic, vascular, orthopedic, ear/nose/throat and otolaryngology surgeons in the Edmonton Zone will receive an automated phone call or voicemail from the Alberta Health Services Surgery Waitlist Management Team. As part of the process, patients will be asked to confirm their identity, and asked for their provincial personal health number (PHN) and birthdate. AHS will never ask for financial information (such as social insurance number or banking details) or for any other personal information other than the patient’s PHN and birthdate during these automated calls.
Through this initiative, AHS is contacting up to 350 patients per day. The first phase of this pilot reduced the surgical waitlist in the pilot departments by 5.6%.
For more information and a full script of the automated call, visit www.ahs.ca/waitlist.

Celebrate your colleagues with an Alberta College of Family Physicians award
Honor the exceptional family physicians, clinics, residents and medical students, who advance excellence in family medicine and contribute to the health of communities across Alberta. Nominate a colleague or peer today!
Nominate a colleague for an
Alberta College of Family Physicians Award

Specialty Care Alliance Spring Forum
The AMA's Specialty Care Alliance will be hosting the Specialty Care Forum on March 8, one of two meetings this year. The SCF brings together section representatives and focuses on common issues and provides direction on key priority areas. SCA Executive Members are elected at SCF, each September, and represent specialists as a broad group on the SCA.
The Specialty Care Forum is the chance to provide direction on key priority areas. Please submit any questions to SCA by emailing specialtycarealliance@albertadoctors.org. Learn more about the SCA on the AMA website.
What is the Specialty Care Alliance?

Hassle Free CME: ACFP Family Medicine Summit
There is still time to register for the 66th Family Medicine Summit. Don’t miss your chance and take in the fantastic primary health care tailored program. You can save $50 by using this last chance to register promo code: SummitBound. The code expires February 28.
This one-credit-per-hour program has been certified by The College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12.75 Mainpro+ credits.
Register for the ACFP Summit

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Survey Corner
Health care partners and other organizations often seek physician feedback through surveys. This month, the following is available for your consideration:
The purpose of this research study is to explore health care provider perspectives of teamwork interactions across different health care environments. This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board – REB20-1611.
The purpose of this research study is to assess the readiness of provinces to adopt a newborn spinal muscular atrophy screening program. This survey seeks to gather a better understanding of the clinical practitioners involved in the management of patients diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy.
Send us your survey for consideration
Editor's note: "Survey Corner" presents survey requests received and reviewed by the AMA, that may be of interest to our members. We will publish new opportunities as we receive them.
Don't forget!
Have you submitted your nominations for the AMA Achievement Awards?
Nominations must be submitted by April 30. Awards to be presented at the AMA 2021 AGM.

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