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Welcome to the Alberta Medical Association’s Section News – an opportunity for sections to report on their challenges  and objectives. This service helps sections communicate with all AMA members as well as physicians in their own specialties. Your feedback is encouraged. Please contact Agnes E. McIntyre, Administrative Assistant, Section Services: T 780.482.2626; TF 1.800.272.9680; email

August 2013

Section of Cardiology Dr. Jonathan B. Choy, President  Annual general meeting All cardiologists are invited to attend the Section of Cardiology annual general meeting (AGM) scheduled for Thursday, September 26, starting at 6:45 p.m., at the Westin Hotel, Edmonton. Buffet dinner will be available at 6 p.m. RSVP is required. Please indicate if you will be attending in person or if you would like to join via teleconference. Please forward your RSVP to Amanda Lacombe, Administrative Assistant, Section Services, AMA (, by Tuesday, September 3.

Section of General Surgery Dr. Paul E. Hardy, President T 403.304.9290  Alberta Association of General Surgeons (AAGS) Executive In order to maintain continuity with ongoing projects, the executive has voted to stay on another year while

also examining governance of the AAGS. Further discussion will occur at this fall’s executive meeting in September.

 Ongoing Projects The recent agreement between government and the AMA provides both a challenge and opportunity to shape the future. AAGS plans to be proactive and build on work already done on relativity within our section. The Relative Value Guide is a big project and requires input from members. We will be seeking your input and your time will be compensated for any contributions.

 Fee relativity implementation AAGS needs to make final decisions about fee relativity implementation (INRV) by the end of September. Although this may alter many fees, it will improve relativity within our section, which in turn gives us credibility when approaching the Physician Compensation Committee (part of the new agreement between the AMA and the government). Although I was not part of the INRV development process (before my time on AAGS executive), I have had the opportunity to review the methodology and results. I am very impressed with the hard work of general surgeons and sound principles that

went into developing relativity numbers within our section. Although previous executive voted to implement relativity only as fees rise, we clearly are not in a climate of continuously rising fees. It may be appropriate to bring in fee relativity more quickly.

Section of General Practice Dr. Ann R. Vaidya, President T 403.873.2352/F 403.873.2364

We hope to have more specific information about this in the first half of September. Please send your feedback to

 Outstanding service award recipients & long service award recipients The Section of General Practice (SGP) created two awards recognizing outstanding and long service within our section. A call for nominations went out earlier this year and SGP is pleased to announce the recipients of its first annual SGP awards.

 Review in the Rockies 2014 Save the date! The AAGS annual meeting is at the Rimrock Resort in Banff, January 31-February 1, 2014. It will feature Dr. F. Charles Brunicardi, chief editor of Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery. See the notice on the AMA website.

The SGP Outstanding Service Award is bestowed upon a SGP member who has made an outstanding contribution, by way of special representation or special project, on behalf of our section. This year’s Outstanding Service Award recipients are:

 Medical Tourism Survey Dr. Daniel Birch is conducting a research project on medical tourism. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey:

• Dr. Remo A.P. Di Palma • Dr. Carolyn A. Lane The SGP Long Service Award is bestowed upon SGP members who have served either on the SGP Executive Committee, or by appointment of the SGP executive to another committee(s), for at least five years (consecutive or cumulative). This year’s recipients are:

Section of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Thomas F. Corbett, President  Annual general meeting

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The annual general meeting will take place in Red Deer on Wednesday, October 2, at the Red Deer Lodge in the Rosedale room. Buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m. with the meeting to follow. On the agenda are:

The SGP awards will be presented at the SGP annual general meeting in September.

• Key issues from Section President Dr. Tom Corbett, from the AMA Representative Forum (September 27-28).


• Moving forward with billing issues with the new agreement now signed, and the fall out from POSP, Retention Benefit and other programs.

The SGP annual general meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 26, from 8:30-9 p.m., in the Devonian Room of the Westin Hotel Edmonton. In concordance with the SGP Constitution and Bylaws, the SGP Secretary Treasurer election will also take place.

Any agenda items can be forwarded either to Dr. Tom Corbett or Dr. Duncan McCubbin (

 CMA GP Forum

Please RSVP to Dr. McCubbin.

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Dr. Michael J. Caffaro Dr. Remo A.P. Di Palma Dr. D. Scott Fisher Dr. Allan S. Garbutt Dr. Ronald T. Garnett Dr. Carolyn A. Lane Dr. Gerry D. Prince

Dr. Ann R. Vaidya was elected co-chair of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) GP Forum effective immediately for a three-year term during CMA’s General Council.


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Section of General Practice/Section of Rural Medicine joint submission

PCN 2.0 builds on the concepts of the medical home as well as the strengths of existing PCNs and their associated clinics to enhance the delivery of primary health care.

◊ Dr. Ann R. Vaidya, President T 403.873.2352/F 403.873.2364 ◊ Section of Rural Medicine Dr. Tobias N.M. Gelber, President

Three quick wins The steering committee awaits a formal response from Minister Horne on three proposed quick wins including: 1. The identification of patients who are part of a PCN. 2. A methodology for an unattached patient registry. 3. Strategies to progress towards same-day access to care.

 PCN 2.0 The Primary Care Alliance continues to move forward on PCN 2.0 (see below) and our sections continue to be involved. We strongly encourage our members to stay informed as things develop and to provide input when requested.

Alberta Health Expert Advisory Groups (EAGs) In the spring of 2013, the government formed six EAGs (part of Alberta’s Primary Health Care Strategy Framework) to gather views from those involved in primary care in focus areas.

Primary Care Alliance ◊ Section of General Practice Dr. Ann R. Vaidya, President T 403.873.2352/F 403.873.2364 ◊ Section of Rural Medicine Dr. Tobias N.M. Gelber (Chair), President ◊ PCN Leads Executive Dr. Phillip W. van der Merwe, Chair

The EAGs then examined these focus areas: • • • • • • •

After a call-out for interest, the PCA Board appointed six primary-care physician representatives for the EAGs.

The PCA issues a joint Section News submission about issues affecting general practitioners. Please send any comments and feedback on this submission to Linda A. Ertman (Program Coordinator, Practice Management Program) at

Three meetings were held with the EAGs to prepare a report for the minister. (A meeting of the EAG representatives is scheduled for early September to finalize the report.)

 PCN 2.0

Recently, the PCA Board met with the AMA EAG representatives to discuss expected outcomes, recommendations and any concerns that our physician members felt should be highlighted.

Over the last few months, activities of the Primary Care Alliance (PCA) Board have largely revolved around the evolution of Primary Care Networks (PCN 2.0). The PCN Evolution Steering Committee (including representatives from the PCA Board and the PCN Physician Leads Executive, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services) are continuing their work on PCN 2.0.

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Health home and attachment Health system integration Social and community integration Cultural change Innovation in service delivery Standards Performance measures and evaluation

The PCA Board also gave feedback to the representatives for their next EAG meeting.


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To further the work of the PCN 2.0 Framework, the steering committee will consider recommendations brought forward from the government’s EAG reports.

For previous updates on PCN 2.0, please refer to earlier versions of 2013 Section News updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Linda Ertman at

PCN 2.0 working committees

 PCN Physician Leads Forum

You may recall that the PCN Evolution Steering Committee formed seven trilateral working committees to recommend ways to operationalize areas in the PCN 2.0 framework document “Evolving Primary Care Networks in Alberta” (AMA member login required).

The fall forum will be held in Calgary on October 18‑19, 2013, at the Delta Bow Valley and will focus on the PCN 2.0 vision and plans.

PCN 2.0 Framework

Future forum dates are: • March 7-8, 2014 (Edmonton). • October 3-4, 2014 (Calgary).

Consultation with these members has been postponed until the steering committee can review the EAG recommendations that are part of the government’s primary health care strategy.

For questions about upcoming forums, please contact Erika Serek at 403.205.2081 or erika.serek@

Please stay tuned for emails from Dr. Tobias Gelber (Chair, PCA Board) with updates on the evolution of PCNs.

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August 2013 Section News

Section News - August 2013  

Section News is a monthly newsletter with updates from AMA member sections, including the Primary Care Alliance.