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  • After-hours work over 2016 stat holidays | Alberta Medical Association
    hours WK 0700 2200 hours NTPM 2200 2400 hours TST 0700 2200 TNTA 0000 0700 TNTP 2200 2400 Monday August 1 2016 Alberta Heritage Day NTAM 0000 0700 hours WK 0700 2200 hours NTPM 2200 2400 hours TST 0700 2200 TNTA 0000 0700 TNTP 2200 2400 Monday September 5 2016 Labor Day NTAM 0000 0700 hours WK 0700 2200 hours NTPM 2200 2400 hours TST 0700 2200 TNTA 0000 0700 TNTP 2200 2400 Monday October 10 2016 Thanksgiving Day NTAM 0000 0700 hours WK 0700 2200 hours NTPM 2200 2400 hours TST 0700 2200 TNTA 0000 0700 TNTP 2200 2400 Friday November 11 2016 Remembrance Day NTAM 0000 0700 hours WK 0700 2200 hours NTPM 2200 2400 hours TST 0700 2200 TNTA 0000 0700 TNTP 2200 2400 Sunday December 25 2016 Christmas Day NTAM 0000 0700 hours WK 0700 2200 hours NTPM 2200 2400 hours TST 0700 2200 TNTA 0000 0700 TNTP 2200 2400 Monday December 26 2016 Boxing Day NTAM 0000 0700 hours WK 0700 2200 hours NTPM 2200 2400 hours TST 0700 2200 TNTA 0000 0700 TNTP 2200 2400 Tuesday December 27 2016 Designated Holiday for Christmas Day NTAM 0000 0700 WK 0700 2200 NTPM 2200 2400 TNTA 0000 0700 TDES 0700 2200 TNTP 2200 2400 Callback codes for holidays These callback codes are selected as they are relevant to statutory and designated holidays For a complete list of callback codes please consult the Schedule of Medical Benefits Reminder the physician must be located outside of the facility property at the time of the call in order to claim a callback These callbacks are also billed in addition to a visit code 03 02A 03 03A 03 03B 03 04A 03 03EA as appropriate Callbacks for hospital emergency outpatient department AACC UCC auxiliary hospital or nursing home should be submitted as 03 03LA between 0700 2200 hours designated holidays and statutory holidays 03 03MC between 2200 2400 hours 03 03MD between 2400 0700 hours Callbacks for hospital inpatients should be submitted as 03 05R between 0700 2200 hours designated holidays and statutory holidays 03 05QA between 2200 2400 hours 03 05QB between 2400 0700 hours These callbacks are also billed in addition to a visit code 03 03DF Surcharge Information The AMA would like to remind physicians that in order to claim for surcharges you must meet all of the following criteria Special call for attendance Respond to the call on an unscheduled basis outside of normal working hours Patient is attended on a priority basis There is direct attendance by the physician see GR 15 for full details 03 01AA Information If a service crosses multiple time periods use more than one modifier on the claim e g service start time 2115 hours end time 2245 hours the claim submitted would be 03 01AA modifier one TEV03 modifier two TNTP03 If a service crosses dates split the claim for 03 01AA into two claims with two separate dates of service e g start time day one 2300

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/services/physicians/compensation-billing/billing-help/billing-tips/After-hours-work-over-stat-holidays (2016-02-01)
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  • 2015-16 Winter Holiday Hours | Alberta Medical Association
    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 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours January 1 2016 The AMA office and phone lines will be closed for winter holidays from Wednesday December 23 at 4 30 p m to Tuesday December 29 at 8 a m We will also be closed for New Year s from Thursday December 31 at 2 p m resuming normal service on Monday January 4 We wish you all the best for a festive season and a joyful and healthy 2016 Website feedback News News archives 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

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/ama-winter-holiday-office-hours (2016-02-01)
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  • December 31, 2015 - President's Letter | Alberta Medical Association
    an opportunity to provide feedback Accordingly we have been working extensively with those sections affected by the six codes to engage with PCC discuss their concerns and explore ramifications Additionally and as I reported in my December 16 President s Letter a half day educational and information session about the nuts and bolts of PCC processes was held on December 12 At the conclusion of that session those present said that they had increased understanding of PCC processes They were accepting of the board s responses to concerns about Alberta Medical Association participation in PCC and indicated approval of the fee review processes and calculation methodology More work is ongoing with sections to refine the overhead estimates using the best available data and to consider other factors that could influence the eventual final decision on the fee revisions expected early in 2016 With my letter today I want to provide you with the promised detailed documentation about PCC By clicking here you will find a copy of A Physician s Guide to the Physician Compensation Committee and Individual Fee Review Process This document was provided to the section representatives who attended the education session Their subsequent input and suggestions have been incorporated in the version you are receiving today You will find very detailed information here about how the PCC has been making decisions and moving through the fee review process I have included the table of contents and list of appendices at the bottom of this letter to give you a quick overview of the kind of content included Any questions or comments you may have are welcome Email president albertadoctors org or leave a comment below As we wind down the last day of 2015 I thank you for your support and generous input and feedback over the past months I look forward to working with you in 2016 This will be a year when leadership from and unity within the profession will be vitally important Thank you for all that you give every day to put Patients First Please accept all my best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year Kind regards Carl W Nohr MDCM PhD FRCSC FACS President A Physician s Guide to the Physician Compensation Committee and Individual Fee Review Process Table of Contents and Appendices INTRODUCTION What is the role of the PCC How does PCC operate What are the rules for PCC How are decisions made and by whom How does the AMA participate in PCC PCC Individual Fee Review Individual Fee Review Fundamentals Individual Fee Review Process Individual Fee Review Criteria Applying Filters Combining Screens Limitations and Considerations for Next Steps Section Presentations August November 2014 Development of Fee Valuation Methodology December 2014 August 2015 Next Steps in Fee Review Feedback Received APPENDICES Appendix A Provincial Strategic Requirements provided to PCC Appendix B Fee Review Hourly reference rate calculation Appendix C Sectional Allocation Equivalent description Appendix D Physician Business Costs Model Appendix E Analysis of time estimates using claims data

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/media-publications/presidents-letter/pl-archive/dec-31-2015-presidents-letter (2016-02-01)
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  • Nurturing Young Medical Minds | Alberta Medical Association
    a great opportunity both for them and our community Seeing the inside of an ambulance or an emergency room is something many people would prefer never to experience But a dozen Grade eight students from Camrose jumped at the chance to see exactly what medical professionals do to save and improve lives Dr Christopher Nichol a family physician from Camrose conceived the Young Medical Minds program as a way to expose students to a variety of medical professions and hopefully inspire them to consider pursuing medical careers of their own When I was in elementary school I had a chance to participate in a regional scientific program and it really sparked an interest for me I wanted to see if we could do the same for students here in Camrose says Dr Nichol Dr Nichol approached Carol Breitkreutz School Health Promotion Alberta Health Services with the idea and together they invited Covenant Health and the University of Alberta s Augustana Campus to get involved too Everyone was pretty enthused right from the start recalls Dr Nichol The group began meeting and planning in early 2015 and by June was ready to begin recruitment at Camrose junior high schools People keep telling me it moved really fast and I guess it did laughs Dr Nichol A total of 12 students from Charlie Killam and Our Lady of Mount Pleasant schools were invited to attend the five sessions which ran this past September Each of the sessions focused on a different health care setting or discipline Our first session used a trauma simulation doll to simulate a skateboarding accident explains Dr Nichol We had EMS treat the patient while students watched and then gave them a chance to practice performing CPR or intubation On the second night students moved into the ER at St Mary s Hospital to do assessments then broke into groups to tackle tasks such as casting a broken wrist and suturing chicken thighs The third night focused on diagnostic imaging and the fourth night brought students into a rehabilitation setting to work alongside occupational therapists physical therapists and psychiatric RNs The final session took them to the Augustana Campus where they worked with physiotherapy and nursing students and tried their hand at injections taking blood pressure readings and removing surgical staples The feedback from students was excellent says Dr Nichol A lot of them actually wanted more sessions Dr Nichol and the other Young Medical Minds group members are already planning for the next session in September 2016 and hope to see it become an annual event He notes that it s the kind of program other communities across the province could benefit from as well This gave kids a chance to see and do things they might never have a chance to do otherwise which was fantastic to see says Dr Nichol Despite the considerable time commitment he s eager to continue leading the program It was so much fun to be a part of this and

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/advocating/many-hands/nurturing-young-medical-minds (2016-02-01)
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  • December 16, 2015 - President's Letter | Alberta Medical Association
    Dr Carl Amrhein Deputy Minister of Health reviewed the evolving and current fiscal situation in Alberta There is an evident need to review and possibly alter the relationship between and roles of the profession and government Historically health expenditures have been growing at approximately 7 per year including the costs of physician services You have heard the phrase bending the health care curve from government This refers to the intention not to cut current health care spending but instead to slow the rate of growth of the overall health budget from 7 annually over five years to 5 4 3 2 and 2 beginning in 2014 15 Alberta physicians are still covered by our seven year agreement through 2018 Over the contract term to 2018 the average increase in payment rates is about 1 Part of the difference between 1 and 7 is population growth which has been 1 5 to 2 annually The rest of the difference is increased utilization of physician services Under the terms of the present agreement government is responsible for all the increased costs in the system Alberta s fiscal situation creates challenges for both parties and the RF appreciated the opportunity to hear about government s concerns and then discuss our own options The RF agreed that even though our 2011 18 agreement remains in place it s important for the AMA to continue discussions with government We need to talk about what kind of relationship we wish to have with each other as well as the role that physicians will have in the management of the health system For example physicians can only accept increased financial risk for increased utilization of health care services if we are also given the tools and the ability to manage it I want to emphasize that we are not at odds with government over the non ratification of the amendments to the AMA Agreement As we move into January and explore what could be accomplished through new discussions we can still progress on some elements of what the Amendment to the AMA Agreement contained Several initiatives pertaining to greater involvement of additional stakeholders in the working of the AMA Agreement and moving forward on secure messaging and a voluntary alternative payment plan for primary care can be further developed The board will consider such actions Physician Compensation Committee A nuts and bolts discussion Following the fall RF meeting and a number of resolutions about the PCC the Board of Directors identified seven actions one of which was increasing understanding of the nuts and bolts processes of the PCC among physicians at the leadership and grassroots level Accordingly immediately after the agreements session I have just described the RF adjourned and we reconvened an information education session about the PCC In addition to RF delegates section presidents and fees representatives were also in attendance Attendees were provided with a detailed document A Physician s Guide to the PCC and Individual Fee Review Process I am soliciting final changes

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/media-publications/presidents-letter/pl-archive/dec-16-2015-presidents-letter (2016-02-01)
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  • Important information regarding Syrian refugees and coverage | Alberta Medical Association
    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 Important information regarding Syrian refugees and coverage Important information regarding Syrian refugees and coverage Attention all physicians and billing staff December 14 2015 Canada has committed to accept 25 000 refugees from Syria between December 2015 to February 1 2016 Refugees will be covered under the Interim Federal Health Program IFHP for up to 12 months from their individual dates of arrival in Canada Click here to learn the details of their coverage submitting claims to the IFHP etc Website feedback News News archives 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

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/syrian-refugee-coverage-ifhp (2016-02-01)
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  • Planned website outage: Saturday, December 19 | Alberta Medical Association
    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 News Planned website outage Saturday December 19 Planned website outage Saturday December 19 9 a m to 1 p m December 14 2015 Please be advised that the AMA website will be unavailable on Saturday December 19 from 9 a m to 1 p m The outage is required to implement a system upgrade Thank you for your understanding Website feedback News News archives 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 Medical Association CMA Contact us

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/planned-outage-dec-19 (2016-02-01)
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  • December 2, 2015 - President's Letter | Alberta Medical Association
    reflect these immediate deductions and provide a misleading picture of what physicians actually earn As I mentioned the most important consideration in my view is the balance between public good and personal privacy Members have indicated very strong privacy concerns regarding the publication of amounts paid to a named physician s practice Potential unintended consequences include criminal targeting of physicians homes and families unfair business practices identity theft and sophisticated targeting of individuals by cyber criminals When considering risk even a low incidence risk becomes important if the magnitude of even one incident is substantial Finally a comment on the relationship between the medical profession and government We are partners sharing the same goal of providing accessible quality sustainable health care to Albertans Our success in jointly achieving this goal will depend on a respectful and collaborative relationship I believe there are respectful approaches to Bill 5 that can provide balance between public access rights and privacy of personal data The Board of Directors is reviewing all possible options in connection with this matter As always I appreciate your thoughtful comments and suggestions Please email me at president albertadoctors org Kind regards Carl W Nohr MDCM PhD FRCSC FACS President 4 comments Commenting on this page is closed 1 Amin Bardai Member of the public 2 07 PM on December 03 2015 I don t believe that we the public want to know that a physician gets x dollars for performing a procedure Rather we are interested to know that a physician received 500 000 in 2015 to provide patient care This is only fair We publish how much a civil servant makes There are too many excluded from THAT list Beside in BC they publish a list of how a physician received from the public purse SO WHY ARE OUR DOCTORS resisting a similar publishing os their earning If they think that they earn x dollars because they work 100 000 in the year then include that information also in the list Is it that physicians in Alberta don t want to tell us that they make a LOT OF money here Why do they want to keep asking formore money from the public purse Are they poor 2 This comment has been deleted 3 Ian Wishart Physician 6 41 PM on December 03 2015 I fully support publishing physicians incomes but there are couple of comments and caveats There is a huge disparity in physician incomes between specialties with equivalent training and skills and there is also significant disparity within professions due to creative billing practices These issues have not been resolved through our governing body and perhaps this additional exposure will facilitate resolution To make this income publication relevant and transparent we should provide either net salary after business expenses which would be ideal but too sensitive for most or some reasonable reflection of overhead to allow comparison and justification For true transparency all private billings should be made available as the public billing information that will

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/media-publications/presidents-letter/pl-archive/Dec-2-2015-presidents-letter (2016-02-01)
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