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  • Update on KRA 3, System partnership and leadership | Alberta Medical Association
    To complement this effort Toward Optimized Practice is working with PCNs to train them on delivery of Medical Home Assessments for the practice level with a view toward PCNs being able to take this work on independently PCN Evolution work plan results are strong and considerable results are evident Many PCNs and practice level offices now have panel processes in place Some PCNs have hired specific staff to lead this in their PCN and others have requests in to AH to use surplus funds to undertake this initiative The PCN Physician Leads Executive Committee has started discussions on a more comprehensive costing and funding strategy for compensation to complement the work being done at the AMA on a primary care compensation strategy with the PCNAHS Joint Venture Committee A comprehensive evaluation strategy is being developed for PCN Evolution to demonstrate a higher degree of accountability on project deliverables 3 Substantial progress is made toward implementation of the Health Quality Council of Alberta Continuity of Care Study report recommendations Progress in the report continues to be audited by the Health Quality Network The AMA continues to support development of a provider registry through participation in the AHS provider registry initiative Goal 2 Key incentives and supports for physicians are aligned with the delivery of care and toward overall system objectives of timely access for patients to quality care Priority activities Update 1 Working through the AMA Agreement Physician Compensation Committee PCC Continue implementation of the individual fee review process including an assessment for moving forward Improve information and overall knowledge base for decision making with the specific objective this year of updating the Business Costs Model Review allocation processes and options for future years Support research and development of new fees and new methods of payment Allocation 2016 cost of living adjustment is currently underway The Fees Advisory Committee has completed its review of section allocation submissions The PCC has completed its review of the Business Costs Model A consulting group was appointed to perform an assessment of the overhead model with a final report reviewed by the PCC in July The PCC is currently evaluating resources necessary to implement some of the review s recommendations Individual fee review The PCC is close to finalizing a methodology for evaluating fees under review It is anticipated that a preliminary decision regarding the valuation of the codes under review will be sent to sections in August Affected sections will then have the opportunity to meet with the PCC to discuss the valuation following which a final decision will be made The AMA is reviewing a new set of Provincial Strategic Requirements to guide PCC activities over the next year These requirements are established by AH in consultation with the AMA 2 Physicians are supported by an integrated health information system including enhanced information exchange and data analytics Physicians have solutions for secure exchange of health information to support improved access and quality of care Through data analytic initiatives physicians have appropriate opportunities to

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  • 2015 Year End Update Financial Forecast Content | Alberta Medical Association
    688 624 5 280 1 779 2 395 1 114 769 4 718 704 5 580 1 829 2 395 1 114 869 30 80 300 50 100 16 649 17 209 560 Transfer to Reserves 1 654 344 1 310 1 The last two years the growth in full members has averaged 380 physicians significantly outpacing budgeted levels of roughly 200 2 A combination of savings on facility costs and position vacancies resulted in a sizable positive variance in corporate affairs and the provincial election delayed the launch of the patient portal which resulted in one time savings under priority projects Spending in all other areas is generally tracking at or slightly below budget Board Reserves Projected Actual 000 s Budget 000 s Variance 000 s Emergency 7 937 7 937 0 Capital 1 678 1 678 0 Strategic 1 000 1 000 0 10 615 10 615 0 AMA Contingency Projected Actual 000 s Budget 000 s Variance 000 s Opening Balance 6 232 6 663 431 Net income 1 953 643 1 310 Physician Compensation Committee 0 200 200 Choosing Wisely 190 190 0 albertapatients ca build 200 415 215 Delivery Frameworks Practice Support 200 400 200 7 595 6 101 1 494 AMA Agreement Projected Actual 000 s Budget 000 s Variance 000 s Opening Balance 4 938 5 000 62 Net income 100 100 Physician Compensation Committee 120 440 320 Fees Committee 36 36 Choosing Wisely 50 50 Section Grants 260 260 PCN Exec PCA 152 152 4 420 4 162 258 1 Board Reserves Board reserves are the minimum holdings established by the board for the specified purposes The board reserves are fully funded and no variances are anticipated 2 AMA Contingency The net operating surplus will be transferred to the reserve increasing the

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  • 2015 Tracking Survey Results Content | Alberta Medical Association
    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 Business Plan and Budget 2014 15 AMA Business Plan Year End Update 2015 Tracking Survey Results Content 2015 Tracking Survey Results Members attitudes and opinions are surveyed on a quarterly basis This report shows the findings of the first tracking survey that the Alberta Medical Association AMA has conducted with its members this year All members approximately 11 200 were asked to complete the survey The survey opened on Monday April 20 2015 and closed on Sunday April 26 2015 Responses were received from 942 members for a response rate of 8 The data is valid 19 times out of 20 within a margin of error of 3 06 View the Summary of Findings Benchmark Questions View the Survey April 2015 Data Report Website feedback Leaders Partners Leaders Governance resources Secure Messaging Physician Compensation Committee PCC Business Plan and Budget Key Result Area 1 Key Result Area 2 Key Result Area 3 A Healthy AMA 2014 15 AMA Business Plan Year End Update Update on KRA 1 Financial Health Update on KRA 2 Well being Update on KRA 3 System partnership and leadership 2015 Year End Update Financial Forecast Content 2015 Tracking Survey Results Content 2014 15 AMA Business Plan Mid Year Update 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

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  • Mid-year update on KRA 1, Financial health | Alberta Medical Association
    physicians working in academic centers Understand key challenges faced by academic physicians including those related to Academic Alternative Relationship Plans AARPs and the implications these have on physicians Provide additional support to address these key challenges AMA president and Health Economics HE representative met with the U of C dean and two associates to discuss these challenges and opportunities Once a new U of A dean has been appointed AMA anticipates further discussion to address the challenges regarding academic medicine 3 Align resources and support changing needs in non fee for service FFS negotiations including Completion of the laboratory physicians agreement Completion of a clinical assistants agreement Completion of a primary care physician compensation model Clinical Assistants Agreement Negotiations with Clinical Assistants CAs and AHS continue The three main issues for CAs have been identified as compensation hours and employee vs contractor choice Worker s Compensation Board WCB A tentative AMA WCB agreement has gone to membership for ratification Results will be communicated to membership after the February 28 ballot count Primary Care Physician Compensation Model Presentation of the draft model to the Advisory Group is expected in mid March Presentations to the Physician Compensation Committee PCC and Representative Forum RF will follow A communication strategy to engage interested members has been developed Model development and implementation are targeted for fall 2015 Acute Care Coverage AHS is planning unilateral program specific changes for April 2015 These changes affect Hospitalists and Specialists on call Level B Surgical Assistants Physician Extenders and Surgical Programs To date two of these groups have approached the AMA for support AMA is looking to confirm that these groups are interested in having the AMA represent them Goal 2 Physicians practice management decisions are based on sound management advice and best practice Priority activities Update 1 Expand support resources to all sections including for allocation INRV development billing The Allocation 101 document is being revised by AMA staff under direction of the AMA Compensation Committee AMACC to be finalized at the next AMACC meeting A companion INRV 101 document is also being finalized to provide guidance to section fees representatives HE managers have undertaken a review of needs and current staff resources in the health economics area Recruitment of additional staff will begin in February 2 Expand support and services to members Role of the Practice Management Program PMP under AMA Agreement e g strategic clinical networks Introduce a real estate leasing referral service PMP is in the process of commencing a full review of its services to ascertain how best it can address the changing needs of physicians and how to ensure the services are delivered in the most optimal manner This review will take place in March April 2015 PMP is preparing a preferred provider network of real estate brokers that physicians can access The intent is to ensure anyone we recommend will meet minimum service standards etc 3 Confirm the optimal scope of a billing application and continue with development on that basis It

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  • Mid-year update on KRA 2, Well being | Alberta Medical Association
    conference for rural physicians PFSP will again participate at the orientation for Alberta International Medical Graduate Program externs in March 2015 In March and April PFSP will be involved in three events with the South Zone AHS assisting with presentations re physician resiliency PFSP booth will attend the Rural Physician Action Plan Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta Transitions to Practice events in Calgary and Red Deer On the Tracker Survey 56 9 of the respondents indicated that they would contact PFSP with a family or work issue that was impacting their health and 37 7 indicated they were not sure This question will be included again in a 2015 Tracker Survey 2 Assess and analyze potential reasons for the reduction in new callers to PFSP and develop strategies to address them See above Well being Goal 1 activity 1 Examine trends in fewer callers Target increasing awareness in rural north and south Will incorporate rural focus into PFSP education activities New logo launched at Emergency Medicine for Rural Hospitals conference with five presentations at that conference also Two presentations at Cabin Fever conference PFSP will present at the orientation for AIMG externs PFSP booth will be present at the RPAP PARA Transition to Practice events in Calgary and Red Deer In March and April PFSP will be involved in three events with the South Zone AHS assisting with presentations re physician resiliency Trend in fewer new callers is stabilizing January through December 2014 new callers up 4 Physician callers overall up 14 Strategies to increase awareness include updating PFSP image with a new logo and updated messaging on the website and in publications The annual mail out by PFSP to all AMA members is scheduled for the spring of 2015 Goal 2 The AMA is a broker in bringing together physicians patients and families toward healthy communities Physician and community contributions are supported and celebrated Priority activity Update 1 Using Many Hands as the platform establish AMA as a key resource for bringing physicians together with communities Expand the Youth Run Club YRC Increase contribution of existing sponsor and bring a second major sponsor on board with AMA Youth Run Club and or identify a fund development source of similar magnitude 35 000 in new funds for this year with ongoing commitment added to existing ongoing 15 000 Increase number of participating AMA YRC schools to 300 from 233 Increase number of participating students in AMA YRC to 17 000 from 11 000 Increase number of participating physician medical residents and medical students to 50 from 20 and ensure representation from all five zones Reduce percentage of unacceptable applications to Emergency Leaders in Health Promotion grant program through increased information sharing via the faculties and offering a support service for application writing Reduce rejects to 25 of applications Celebrate and promote community volunteer projects or philanthropy by physician members through Many Hands Profile an average of three physicians per month YRC sponsorship Meeting in March with Running Room

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  • Mid-year update on KRA 3, System partnership and leadership | Alberta Medical Association
    PMO staff This group has been attempting to engage AH in discussions around funding for PCNs and plans are to discuss this further in March 3 Substantial progress is made toward implementation of the Health Quality Council of Alberta continuity of care report recommendations Regular meetings of Continuity of Care working group convened by AMA This group s work will be moved to the jurisdiction of the Health Quality Network Letter sent to Minister of Health seeking prioritization for provider registry Personal Health Portal and e Referral project AHS AMA CPSA working together to explore means of implementing a functioning provider registry Goal 2 Key incentives and supports for physicians are aligned with the delivery of care and toward overall system objectives of timely access for patients to quality care Priority activities Update 1 Working through the AMA Agreement Physician Compensation Committee Continue implementation of the individual fee review process including an assessment for moving forward Improve information and overall knowledge base for decision making with the specific objective this year of updating the Business Costs Model Review allocation processes and options for future years Support research and development of new fees and new methods of payment The AMA Board of Directors has provided direction for a macro distribution for Allocation 2015 A PCC communication to all members including sectional allocation amounts is being planned Overhead 54 9M including 11 8M to fund electronic medical records EMRs Targeted items 10 3M Telephone codes must be physician interaction 03 05JR to be paid at 15 12 interaction limited to 7 week 03 05JQ to be paid at 50 66 billable where distance mobility issues prevent face to face meetings 03 05JP to be paid at 40 11 for family conferences where patient is unable to communicate with physician and family is unable to attend an in person conference BMI modifiers rule changes to expand locations Fixed amount per physician 13 3 M 1 853 per SAE Planning for Allocation 2016 COLA is in the initial stages Section feedback on the after hours principles was generally positive Survey results are being analyzed by the AMACC PCC has agreed to an outline for evaluating the existing business costs model A consulting group has been appointed to perform the Overhead Review with an initial report due at the end of January Individual fee review All 13 sections that own the 22 codes under review have attended a PCC meeting to provide rationale for the valuation of the selected codes PCC has finalized a set of principles and methodology to assess the value of each code Testing of the methodology against known codes has helped to adjust and validate the methodology Further work to validate and improve the methodology is occurring 2 Physicians are supported by an integrated health information system including enhanced information exchange and data analytics Physicians have solutions for secure exchange of health information to support improved access and quality of care Through data analytic initiatives physicians have appropriate opportunities to collect

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  • 2014-15 mid-year update: Financial Forecast | Alberta Medical Association
    209 17 209 Transfer to Reserves 594 344 250 Reserves Component Projected Actual 000 s Budget 000 s Variance 000 s Emergency 7 937 7 937 0 Capital 1 678 1 678 0 Strategic 1 000 1 000 0 Total 10 615 10 615 0 AMA Contingency Component Projected Actual 000 s Budget 000 s Variance 000 s Opening Balance 6 232 6 663 431 Net income 894 643 251 Physician Compensation Committee 200 200 Choosing Wisely 190 190 Voice of the Patient build 415 415 Delivery Frameworks Practice Support 400 400 Total 5 921 6 101 180 AMA Agreement Component Projected Actual 000 s Budget 000 s Variance 000 s Opening Balance 4 938 5 000 62 Net income 100 100 Physician Compensation Committee 440 440 Fees Committee 36 36 Choosing Wisely 50 50 Section Grants 260 260 PCN Exec PCA 152 152 Total 4 100 4 162 62 Financial Highlights 1 Member growth last year was greater than anticipated Retaining these members will result in a positive variance in member dues this year as well 2 Operational spending is generally tracking slightly under budget and based on what we know currently we anticipate spending will be at or slightly below budgeted levels to the end of the year However we ll continue to monitor spending closely as the budget did not anticipate an early election or any steps government might take to manage the current provincial economic conditions 3 Board Reserves Board reserves are the minimum holdings established by the board for the specified purposes The board reserves are fully funded and no variances are anticipated 4 Contingency Reserve The opening contingency reserve is slightly lower than budget as a result of an increase in the employee pension deficit However plan changes implemented effective October 1 2014 improved

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  • VCUR 2008 EMR Funding Extension Program | Alberta Medical Association
    further ensure the supervisor provides an acceptable date and time for communicating the update Once an update has been provided ask for a new date and time for the resolution of the ticket Supervisor Technical Assistance Center T 1 613 696 0916 When the issue has not been resolved by the date provided by the Technical Assistant Center supervisor call the manager of the Technical Assistance Center Provide the incident ticket number and ask the manager to provide an update If the ticket needs to be reviewed further ensure the manager of the Technical Assistance Center provides an acceptable date and time for communicating the update Once an update has been provided ask for a new date and time for the resolution of the ticket Manager Technical Assistance Center T 1 613 683 1790 If your incident ticket has not been resolved call the director of the Technical Assistance Center Provide the incident ticket number and ask the director to provide an update If the ticket needs to be reviewed further ensure the director of the Technical Assistance Center provides an acceptable date and time for communicating the update Once an update has been provided ask for a new date and time for the resolution of the ticket Director Technical Assistance Center T 1 604 579 1036 TELUS Health Solutions Wolf EMR The general toll free TELUS Health Solutions Service Desk number is 1 866 941 6028 Call the TELUS Health Solutions Service Desk and describe the problem clearly Before ending your conversation with the client services representative make sure to ask for the Ticket or case number assigned to your problem Name of the person who took your call Expected resolution time and or date If an issue remains unresolved Call the TELUS Health Solutions Service Desk and ask for the team lead of the Technical Assistance Center Provide the ticket case number and ask for a progress update Ask for a new resolution time and or date Supervisor Technical Assistance Center T1 866 879 9653 ext 252 If the issue is still not resolved by the expected time and or date call the TELUS Health Solutions Service Desk management and ask to speak with the director of the Technical Assistance Center Provide the ticket case number and ask to investigate the delay Ask for a new resolution time and or date Manager Technical Assistance Center T 1 604 579 1036 If issues are not resolved escalate to TELUS Health Solutions qualified service provider management and ask to speak with the vice president of Client Service Provide the ticket case number and ask for a new resolution time and or date VP Client Service T 1 604 506 4792 FAQs What is the VCUR 2008 EMR Funding Extension Program The program is the method by which the AMA and Alberta Health will fulfill certain funding commitments made under the Physician Office System Program s POSP s guidelines The extension program continues funding for physicians using VCUR 2008 electronic medical records EMRs as of January 31 2014 up to their maximum reimbursement amount of 35 000 or until the program funding is exhausted the funding agreement with Alberta Health terminates or March 31 2019 whichever comes first POSP will end on March 31 2014 and the VCUR 2008 EMR Funding Extension Program will begin Who is eligible for physician funding under the program Physicians must meet the following requirements to be eligible for funding after March 31 2014 The physician must have achieved Milestone 3 Go Live and been using a VCUR 2008 EMR solution by January 31 2014 The physician must have signed an offer to participate The physician must be still using a VCUR 2008 EMR solution The physician must be in good standing with the College of Physicians Surgeons of Alberta The physician must be providing insured services within the province of Alberta What is the Offer to Participating Physician The Offer to Participating Physician outlines the conditions under which a physician may continue to receive funding for a VCUR 2008 EMR after March 31 2014 Why do I have to sign a new document to receive funding POSP will cease to exist on March 31 2014 and the Physician Participation Agreement you signed with POSP will no longer be in effect The Offer to Participating Physician outlines the conditions under which you will be receiving ongoing funding under the VCUR 2008 EMR Funding Extension Program What percentage of my costs will be reimbursed The VCUR 2008 EMR Funding Extension Program will reimburse 70 of eligible costs just as POSP did Each eligible physician who implements a VCUR 2008 EMR solution by January 31 2014 is eligible for a maximum reimbursement of up to 35 000 70 of 50 000 including GST Does the VCUR 2008 EMR Funding Extension Program offer services to support my EMR use No It is strictly a funding program You can contact your EMR vendor for support In the past my EMR vendor submitted invoices to POSP and I was reimbursed Will the reimbursement process change Yes the process is changing As of April 1 2014 your vendor will no longer be submitting invoices to the AMA Instead your clinic will be responsible for submitting your invoices to receive reimbursement A step by step process is provided in the Program Guidelines After the MSA expires the physician may choose to obtain some items from a source outside of their EMR provider hardware ISP and service contracts for example To enable this flexibility rather than the former process where the EMR vendor submitted invoices on the clinic s behalf the clinic will now be responsible for submitting invoices from a variety of vendors to the program for reimbursement of eligible EMR expenses Physicians and EMR vendors should discuss implications of support issues for these items if obtained elsewhere Will I receive funding if I move to another clinic using a VCUR 2008 EMR If you currently receive VCUR 2008 funding and move to

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