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  • Learn about CME opportunities | Alberta Medical Association
    services Physicians Resident Physicians Medical Students Membership Guide Manage your membership Patients First Advocacy timeline Health issues 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 Leaders Partners Quality and continuing education programs Continuing Medical Education CME Learn about CME opportunities Learn about CME opportunities Access medical education opportunities in Canada and around the world Continuing Medical Education The University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine CME PD office offers ongoing e learning programs Click to learn more Doctor s Review Click on Medical Meetings MDcme ca Online university accredited CME Foundation for Medical Practice Education MAINPRO accredited practice based learning programs Canadian Medical Association CMA Professional Development and CME Physician Management Institute PMI Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership Canadian Certified Physician Executive Credential Resident and student leadership CMA mini modules CMA Podcasts Learning Management System Website feedback Leaders Partners Leaders Governance resources Secure Messaging Physician Compensation Committee PCC Business Plan and Budget Choosing Wisely Alberta Innovation in the delivery of primary care Innovation in the delivery of secondary and tertiary care Electronic Medical Records EMRs Health information and privacy Quality and continuing education programs Physician Learning Program Continuing Medical Education CME Eligibility for CME Access your CME statement Claim CME Learn about CME opportunities Clinical resources Toward Optimized Practice TOP Scopes of practice 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

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  • Mindfulness for Helping Professionals | Alberta Medical Association
    member number Password Forgot your password Login help About the AMA Leaders Partners Member services Patients First Home Events Mindfulness for Helping Professionals Mindfulness for Helping Professionals A day to build resilience to stress and burnout April 16 2016 A day to build resilience to stress and burnout using guided mindfulness meditation and movement inquiry and discussion No previous meditation experience required Please bring a simple lunch for yourself a yoga mat and meditation cushion if you have one chairs will also be available Date and time Saturday April 16 from 9 a m 4 30 p m Location Shaganappi Community Association Calgary Registration Before April 1 125 150 after Register online Visit M4HP eventbrite com for more information Website feedback CMA online CME courses The CMA offers free online CME courses accredited by both the CFPC and RCPSC to all its members In addition the credits that you accumulate can be automatically transferred to the college you are affiliated with on your behalf Professional development Find information about CME and the Physician Learning Program PLP Learn about CME opportunities Access medical education opportunities in Canada and around the world The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its

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  • News archives | Alberta Medical Association
    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 News archives Find recent news arranged by month of publication 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

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  • President's Letter archive | Alberta Medical Association
    2015 President s Letter AHS Negotiations Framework September 25 2015 President s Letter Final thoughts September 21 2015 President s Letter Update on discussions with AH and AHS August 21 2015 President Letter An update on strategic agreement discussions August 14 2015 President s Letter Minister s announcement about laboratory services June 16 2015 President s Letter Two new helpful tools for AMA members June 12 2015 President s Letter AMA launches patient engagement website May 15 2015 President s Letter Some new discussions with Alberta Health May 7 2015 President s Letter Thoughts about the election March 27 2015 President s Letter Thoughts on the Budget March 20 2015 President s Letter About the RF physician payments AHS and CPSA February 27 2015 President s Letter WCB agreement has been ratified February 13 2015 President s Letter Budget cuts AMA Agreement 3 key points January 30 2015 President s Letter Doctors will step up but we need the right support January 20 2015 President s Letter Ratification vote begins for tentative WCB Agreement 2014 December 31 2014 President s Letter Taking the right steps in 2015 December 5 2014 President s Letter What to do about health infrastructure November 5 2014 President s Letter No magic bullets but we need to make some changes October 28 2014 President s Letter Continuing and Chronic Care comments on your comments October 10 2014 President s Letter Taking action on continuing and chronic care September 19 2014 President s Letter Thoughts at the end of my presidential year September 3 2014 President s Letter Thoughts on the Physician Compensation Committee July 30 2014 President s Letter Three Priorities for the Health Care System June 24 2014 President s Letter Be sure to read PCC Process for Individual Fee Review June 19 2014 President s Letter AMA and TD Insurance Meloche June 16 2014 President s Letter AMA supports National Day of Action for Refugee Health June 4 2014 President s Letter Scopes of practice a tri professional discussion May 13 2014 President s Letter An update re EMRs looking at the big picture May 2 2014 President s Letter AMA PCN Evolution vision central to Alberta s primary care strategy April 2 2014 President s Letter Choosing Wisely Alberta perspective on the national launch March 26 2014 President s Letter EMR stop gap program February 28 2014 President s Letter News for EMRs POSP and PCC February 4 2014 President s Letter Physician Compensation Committee meetings underway January 10 2014 President s Letter PCC chair allocation and other matters January 7 2014 President s Letter Helping AHS coordinate vaccine supplies January 3 2014 President s Letter Allocation PCNs and EMRs What s new Website feedback Media Publications President s Letter President s Letter archive July 30 2014 President s Letter September 3 2014 President s Letter September 19 2014 Presidents Letter Oct 10 2014 President s Letter October 28 2014 President s Letter November 5 2014 President s Letter November 18 2014

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  • July 30, 2014, President's Letter | Alberta Medical Association
    how we can cover the ongoing costs of electronic medical records now that the Physician Office System Program has ended These are many other things happening too They vary widely but I think that most relate in some ways to the three priorities I mentioned I have provided those at the bottom of this letter Please review them and then let me know what you think Comment below or email president albertadoctors org I will write again soon Sincerely Allan S Garbutt PhD MD CCFP President Three priorities for Alberta s health care system 1 Providers as stewards of the system and partners with government Estimates show that 80 of the costs in health care arise from decisions of physicians and other providers in the form of infrastructure use and human costs for tests services procedures and other kinds of care Physicians have a professional responsibility to act as faithful stewards of health system resources We are eager to partner with government to make a better system that is more focused on our patients and their families This can only occur when there are healthy relationships between government physicians and other health providers The current level of engagement is poor and has been so for some time Morale among physicians and other providers is very low for a number of reasons Primarily people on the front lines don t feel that they are being heard All health care providers need to be properly engaged Both sides need more than words about making a change Physicians will partner with government so that we can do things differently However we need to see concrete actions and results For example most other provinces provide legal recognition that their respective medical associations as the agent of physicians It would be a positive step to do the same in Alberta 2 Patients as informed and engaged owners of the health care system Every health system is talking about patient centered care Everyone agrees that patients need to be involved and engaged in their care Achieving this takes more than talk Concrete actions are needed Patients need appropriate resources in order to be informed partners in their care Examples include the kind of support that will be available through the medical home quality of care initiatives like Choosing Wisely Canada and giving patients access to their own personal health information They need to know the progress of their care and be able to seek further conversation for informed decision making The data that patients receive must be delivered in a way that is relevant to them 3 Integrated care flowing through a medical home for every Albertan Alberta has made a strong start toward a 21st century primary care system There are 41 primary care networks PCNs in which physician led multidisciplinary teams are delivering integrated primary care for millions of Albertans The AMA s PCN Evolution Framework which has been incorporated in the Alberta government s provincial primary care strategy lays out a plan for

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  • September 19, 2014 - Presidents Letter | Alberta Medical Association
    many fronts The AMA has many good people both in our professional and volunteer groups working hard to advance the ideas that we believe we will need in 10 15 or 20 years when the baby boomers move from being providers of health care to consumers of health care For example the Physician Compensation Committee PCC has spent much of the past year working out the ground rules on how it will operate It has made some rulings in areas where decisions absolutely had to be made such as Allocation 2014 It is now beginning to look at 22 fewer than 1 of the codes in the Schedule of Medical Benefits SOMB Even that baby step has provided a predictable degree of anxiety among those who are affected The PCC will be working hard and your representatives are an integral part of that effort to fairly review and evaluate over 3 400 codes in the SOMB There will undoubtedly be some growing pains as we move along the path to a revised billing schedule that is appropriate for the evolving health care system we are working to deliver When the work is completed and that will take several years we should have a new SOMB that will fairly remunerate all physicians regardless of where or how they work This will undoubtedly mean that some groups see payment decreases while others see increases Processes to make these decisions must be fair transparent and based on good evidence and input from those most affected While these changes will be painful for some they must be completed so we can match physician work to the changing needs of a changing society Further changes will be needed for our system of primary care if we are to care for our aging population That need is not unique to Alberta indeed the Canadian Medical Association recently called for a national strategy to care for the seniors of the future which includes I hate to admit myself Primary care networks PCNs and PCN Evolution are a start on this and will continue to evolve so that primary care moves forward to a team based care model designed to deal with chronic diseases This will require that we bring secondary and tertiary care into coordinated work with what has been thought of as primary care Alberta Health AH finally released is primary care strategy in May after many years in development This looks as if it will blend well with the AMA s efforts in primary care evolution The AMA vision draws heavily on the medical home model which has been endorsed by the national bodies for both family physicians and nurses There are dedicated physicians working on all of these and many more areas The AMA is supporting them with expertise technical skills and financial resources and we will continue to do so When we combine our vision and ability with our willing partners in AH AHS nursing pharmacy and many others I am sure we

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  • Oct 10, 2014 President's Letter | Alberta Medical Association
    facilities The second arises from individuals with complex chronic conditions who show up in hospital too often and remain too long because they do not receive the support they need in the community Continuing care and other supports The government has recently committed to reviewing the numbers of beds for continuing care Getting the numbers right will help but we also need to bring a broader perspective to this issue This means addressing factors such as Opportunities through other kinds of assistance such as home care and day programs that help people stay in their homes and communities Improving access to acute care and other beds but considered in a broad perspective including geographic distribution keeping families together and the economic barriers individuals face to obtain the right accommodations The contributions of families which are largely unmeasured are a major source of support for many of our frail and elderly They should be recognized and considered In general we require better information and must broaden the debate about the access to continuing care services and programs Until we get the full picture our policies and solutions will continue to be sub optimal and will fail to deliver what is required The Canadian Medical Association has called for a national strategy on seniors care an element of which is access to the right care in the right place and includes concepts such as aging in place The AMA supports the development of such a strategy and will work with such organizations as the Alberta College of Family Physicians which is bringing together several stakeholders interested in seniors care Chronic disease management A recent report from the province s Auditor General pointed to another challenge that is a lack of support in the community for Albertans with chronic conditions This results in patients ending up in hospitals too often and for too long To get the most out of our acute care resources we must invest more in the community with a medical home for every Albertan To do this we need several things some of which I have recently discussed in the media These are Stepping up the implementation of primary care networks PCNs fully implementing what has been termed PCN Evolution to the medical home Finding ways to use payments for physicians and other providers as incentives to support the best care right across the system Improving and enhancing our information systems so that they can measure and record the patient s entire journey avoiding gaps along the way Concluding comments To put all this another way I believe we must view our relatively high acute care costs as an opportunity to make our system more sustainable More importantly we must make it more sensitive to the needs of Albertans The problems that exist in health care today have developed over many years It is naïve to think that they can be corrected in a short time However endless debate is not helpful We need to move quickly and implement

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  • October 28, 2014 - President's Letter | Alberta Medical Association
    It s not clear if the way Alberta distributes acute care services affects the national comparison of hospital expenditures There were comments about the large number of patients treated in Alberta who come from out of province Certainly we see more transient workers here In 2008 there were 13 000 out of province resident hospitalizations here vs 10 000 in the next highest province Ontario We also treat residents from rural remote areas in BC and NWT These expenditures are often recovered through inter provincial transfers and those offsets are not accounted for in the provincial expenditure comparisons Even so these patients still represent only about 4 of total annual hospitalization in Alberta It appears that these factors cannot on their own account for the magnitude of our acute sector costs My sense is that this is a multi dimensional problem that will require a variety of solutions It s going to be very important that we solve this riddle if we are going to progress to a high quality health care system that is truly sustainable We are hearing rumblings about another period of economic uncertainty for the province If physicians want to advocate for more resources or resources that should be applied differently then we d better be able to explain what s going on now There s a lot of work that needs to be done but I believe the information is there if we physicians Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services want to find the answers There s one other dimension worth noting and that s Alberta s unique challenge with respect to population growth In 2014 just over 43 000 people came to the province The provincial government estimates that over the next 25 years there will be an additional 2 2 million citizens living here Our issues around costs access and quality will not be addressed without finding ways to manage this growth And solutions will not be found overnight New ideas and efficiencies A number of the emails I received talked about new ways of doing things Does everything that occurs in hospital have to occur there Do we do as much in the community as other jurisdictions do Are we tracking the right kind of information to be able to see what s going on Are we making the right use of teams and other health professionals Members spoke of the need to be efficient yet recognized that efficiency alone is not a panacea The goal is to do the right things to support Albertans and provide quality and appropriate care Chronic disease patients have special needs This is an area where we can do better We are working to provide each of these patients with a medical home through primary care networks PCNs but PCNs alone won t get the job done There are interesting things happening in other countries to support these particular patients What could we bring to Alberta to make a difference The common thread in all the

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