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  • Don't miss your chance to apply for the TD/AMA scholarship | Alberta Medical Association
    Forgot your password Login help About the AMA Leaders Partners Member services Patients First Home News News archives Don t miss your chance to apply for the TD AMA scholarship Don t miss your chance to apply for the TD AMA scholarship March 21 2014 The deadline to apply for the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Alberta Medical Association AMA Scholarship 5 000 of assistance for additional training is March 31 Scholarship applicants must be seeking additional training in a clinical area of recognized need in Alberta be an AMA member plus be enrolled and accepted in a clinical program of at least three months duration in a recognized educational facility The proposed program must be supplementary to completion of a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or College of Family Physicians of Canada certification program OR the physician may be in an established practice and wishing supplemental training To apply by March 31 please visit the scholarship webpage For more information contact Janice Meredith Administrator Public Affairs Email Janice Meredith T 780 482 2626 ext 291 Toll free at 1 800 272 9680 ext 291 Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours Introducing your Member Dashboard Procedured during the two business days following issuance of IFHP eligibility The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/TD-AMA-scholarship-md2 (2016-02-01)
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  • Billing Corner: Get April 2014 updates to the SOMB | Alberta Medical Association
    News archives Billing Corner Get April 2014 updates to the SOMB Billing Corner Get April 2014 updates to the SOMB March 21 2014 Get this detailed publication covering the latest changes to the Schedule of Medical Benefits SOMB The Billing Corner can be found on the Alberta Medical Association AMA website in html and PDF formats organized by changes that apply to all physicians as well as by section Log in is not required to access the Billing Corner Read it now Please share this document with your billing staff Please ensure that your billing software has been updated to reflect the changes that are described within this document The Billing Corner is a summary document there are changes to rates that are not stated in the Billing Corner Please refer to the Schedule of Medical Benefits for complete details Disclaimer While care has been taken to provide accurate information the AMA does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of the information contained herein Please refer to the Schedule of Medical Benefits for complete details If you provide services specific to more than one section the AMA recommends that you refer to all those that are applicable to the services that you provide Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours Introducing your Member Dashboard Procedured during the

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/april-2014-somb-updates (2016-02-01)
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  • Changes to the Alberta Drug Benefit List | Alberta Medical Association
    Prescription Alberta Many Hands Physician Advocacy Immunization Other Patient Health Matters albertapatients Forms Website and login help Media Publications Member Sign in AMA member number Password Forgot your password Login help Alberta Medical Association Member Sign in AMA member number Password Forgot your password Login help About the AMA Leaders Partners Member services Patients First Home News News archives Changes to the Alberta Drug Benefit List Changes to the Alberta Drug Benefit List March 21 2014 Effective February 1 changes were introduced to the Alberta Drug Benefit List ADBL that affect select beta blocker drugs and osteoporosis drugs The updated drug specific Special Authorization form and criteria is available online https www ab bluecross ca dbllpdfs 31086 pdf All changes to the ADBL can be found in the most recent version of the ADBL summary of changes at https www ab bluecross ca dbl publications html Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours Introducing your Member Dashboard Procedured during the two business days following issuance of IFHP eligibility The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members providing leadership support for their role in the provision of quality health care About the AMA We are the AMA Mission and Vision Careers at the AMA AMA in medical history Awards scholarships bursaries and grants Canadian

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/changes-adbl (2016-02-01)
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  • Physician reimbursement: Process change when a WCB claim is denied | Alberta Medical Association
    reimbursement Process change when a WCB claim is denied March 21 2014 The Workers Compensation Board Alberta WCB and the Alberta Medical Association AMA have a contractual agreement that outlines how physicians are paid when a WCB claim is denied after a physician has treated the patient Outlined below are some improvements to this process Current process What does WCB pay a physician when a claim is later denied As per the agreement with the AMA WCB pays unbundled fees to physicians This means that WCB pays 100 for all procedures visit plus procedure and no inclusive care periods provided during the same patient encounter This differs from Alberta Health AH payment rules NEW PROCESS MARCH 3 2014 Effective March 3 2014 WCB will no longer auto recover 100 of the payment from physicians in denied cases Since AH does not pay procedures on an unbundled basis the amount paid to the physician is slightly less than what was initially paid out by WCB This was creating a payment shortfall According to the agreement that small amount remains payable to the physician by WCB and will not form part of the payment recovery For more detailed information about this change please visit our fact sheet at http www wcb ab ca pdfs providers HFS physician reimbursement pdf Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/process-change-WCB-2014 (2016-02-01)
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  • 2013 Retention Benefit payments issued in February | Alberta Medical Association
    help Media Publications Member Sign in AMA member number Password Forgot your password Login help Alberta Medical Association Member Sign in AMA member number Password Forgot your password Login help About the AMA Leaders Partners Member services Patients First Home News News archives 2013 Retention Benefit payments issued in February 2013 Retention Benefit payments issued in February March 21 2014 The Alberta Medical Association AMA issued the 2013 Retention Benefit Program payments on Tuesday February 25 The amount of your annual benefit is determined by your years of practice in Alberta and the amount of eligible insured service income you were paid in the 2012 calendar year If you are new to practice in 2013 you won t be eligible for a payment this year Please watch for your enrollment package to automatically arrive later this summer The Retention Benefit policy and forms are available online If you would like more information on this program contact Shannon H Neuman Membership and Benefits Administrator Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours Introducing your Member Dashboard Procedured during the two business days following issuance of IFHP eligibility The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members providing leadership support for their role in the provision of quality health care About the AMA We are the AMA

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/2013-retention-benefit (2016-02-01)
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  • Summit tackles MD employment issues, seeks national response | Alberta Medical Association
    Physician Resource Planning Task Force a group supported by the federal provincial territorial Committee on Health Workforce that is working to determine the right number mix and distribution of physicians required to meet society s needs The joint statement said physician unemployment and underemployment are complex issues with numerous root causes including limited planning capabilities and data on population needs In an era of lengthy wait times and budget limitations our health system needs to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of all health professionals it said This commitment is a vital first step toward ensuring that Canada always has the right number of physicians practising in the right areas supported by the necessary health care resources to meet patients needs The summit was prompted in part by new Royal College research documenting the pervasive nature of the employment issues in some medical and surgical specialties In the summit s opening address Brigadier General Jean Robert Bernier Surgeon General and Commander of the Canadian Forces Health Services Group documented the Forces success in meeting the health needs of a variety of populations around the globe often under trying conditions He said it would be an inexcusable tragedy if Canada could not work successfully to plan for future health care needs and the physician distribution required to meet those needs Prior to the meeting Danielle Fréchette meeting co chair and director of health policy and external relations for the Royal College said that the summit s not meant to try and fix the problem for the doctors it s really about how can we come together to serve the needs of the public Canadian Medical Association CMA President Dr Louis Hugo Francescutti said the deliberations will be considered successful if they ultimately result in the creation of a healthier Canadian population The

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/md-employment-issues (2016-02-01)
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  • Want to be a rural physician? There's a scholarship for that! | Alberta Medical Association
    number Password Forgot your password Login help About the AMA Leaders Partners Member services Patients First Home News News archives Want to be a rural physician There s a scholarship for that Want to be a rural physician There s a scholarship for that March 21 2014 Applications are now being accepted for the Dr Michael Tarrant Scholarship The application deadline is Sunday May 18 Visit the scholarship webpage to download the application form The scholarship is presented each fall by the Alberta Medical Association s Section of Rural Medicine to a third year medical student from both of University of Alberta U of A and University of Calgary U of C If you are currently in your second year of medical school you may be eligible to apply if you Are a student who will enter your third year of medical school this fall Attend U of A or U of C Are interested in a career in rural medicine in Alberta Demonstrate an interest in rural medicine in your undergraduate work If you have any questions or for more information please contact Bev Garbutt Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours Introducing your Member Dashboard Procedured during the two business days following issuance of IFHP eligibility The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/tarrant-2014-scope (2016-02-01)
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  • End of life decisions – what has Rasouli done for us lately? | Alberta Medical Association
    Consent and Capacity Board before changing treatment for Mr Rasouli Failing that his life such as it is will continue It is important to note that this decision really only applies to Ontario cases because of the overlay of the Health Care Consent Act Alberta has no such legislation or board although British Columbia Manitoba Prince Edward Island Quebec and Yukon do and it is entirely likely that the case would have taken a very different turn if decided here In a way it is unfortunate that it wasn t because the case does raise without answer several critical ethical and medical issues First does withdrawal of treatment equal treatment The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court did provide some guidance on that point by stating that treatment and health related purposes are not confined to procedures that are of medical benefit in the view of the patient s medical caregivers She went on to say that the term treatment should be broadly interpreted to include anything that is done for a patient in a variety of circumstances palliative therapeutic preventative diagnostic or cosmetic Thus a procedure such as withdrawal of a feeding tube or extubation may be seen as treatment even if they have a negative effect on the patient s prognosis Second the courts throughout were very careful to steer far clear of any arguments relating to resource allocation and the role that this may play in end of life decisions But given Canada s rapidly expanding aging population transposed against a relatively static supply of health care providers facilities and resources it is inevitable that some very tough policy decisions are going to have to be made Those will include whether resource allocation and availability should play a role in determining appropriate courses of action in the context of complex end of life decisions Alternatively the specter exists of the minister determining certain types of extraordinary treatment to be non medically necessary as that term is defined in the Alberta Health Care Insurance Act or the Canada Health Act thus downloading the cost of such care to the family of the patient This in turn raises the issue of privately supplied health services Is there a place in Alberta for institutions that dedicate themselves to sustaining life in the face of medical decisions to the contrary at the expense of the family or insurers What about resource allocation within facilities Even if the physicians or administration bow to the wishes of patients to sustain the life of a loved one does it follow that an intensive care bed potentially needed by a victim of a car crash or other such event is necessarily required Does the family have the right to insist on the location as well as manner of treatment Third an increasingly educated patient population combined with the increasing availability and access to patient health information in the electronic health record world has many physicians and hospital administrators looking over their shoulders from a liability

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/end-of-life-rasouli (2016-02-01)
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