2020 Divisions Dispatch

December 18, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • COVID-19 vaccine toolkit for doctors’ offices
  • Health authorities accepting EOIs for Simplified COVID Service Contracts
  • Deadline Extension: COVID-19 Office Safety Plan Support Grant
  • FYI: Answering your questions on mask use policy in doctors’ offices 
  • Portal code rule change for family physicians working in long-term care
  • Updates on fee codes 14029, 14076 and 13706
  • Reminder: JCC rate change
  • Reminder: Deadline to submit interim report on COVID-19 response funding
  • PCNs and communications plans
  • Pathways public directory of family doctors is live
  • Shared Care Meeting Summary November 2020
  • Family doctors’ input needed to assess pooled referral/central intake model of care
  • RoadSafetyBC pauses on issuing age-based Driver Medical Examination Reports
  • Vaccine study looking for physician participants

December 7, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • Seeking physician input: COVID-19 vaccination
  • Implementation of Health PPE Portal
  • Understanding the role of Doctors of BC engagement partners and primary care transformation partners
  • GPSC Meeting Summary November 2020
  • Seeking physician input:  Managing sleep apnea
  • PRIME enrollment required for new PharmaNet users as of December 1
  • BC Cancer cervix screening updates
  • Adult obesity: CMAJ clinical guideline

November 23, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • Update: PPE and Ministry of Health mask policy
  • New mask signs for doctors' offices
  • Fall and winter 2020 pandemic planning payments
  • Update: Fee code 10041 for adult respiratory immunizations now active
  • New billing rules for 14070/14071 start January 1
  • Watch: Recorded webinar outlines new contract options for doctors
  • New physician contracts - the role of divisions
  • Information for divisions on new JCC rates
  • Reminder: $1,000 office grant available for BC’s community doctors
  • DivisionsBC.ca updated to improve accessibility
  • New Director of Digital Health  
  • Shared Care workshop highlights value of relationships for successful collaboration 
  • Shared Care October Meeting Summary
  • Webinar: How will artificial intelligence affect family medicine in Canada?

November 9, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • New Ministry of Health policy on masks
  • Virtual health visit survey: Physician, staff, and patient feedback needed
  • Update: Pharmacists in PCN implementation
  • Participate in national physician leadership forum
  • Webinar: Physician advocates for youth mental health in BC
  • List your practice on the Pathways Medical Care Directory
  • Organize clinic workflow with the quality improvement facilitation cycle
  • Type 2 diabetes online event. November 18/19.
  • PHSA course highlights pediatric COVID-19 collection resources
  • Report highlights impact of collaborative Maternity Network in BC
  • Rural doctors providing maternity care: Share your experiences with virtual care

October 27 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • PPE and pandemic planning supports
  • Redeployment opportunities during COVID-19
  • Webinar: New Group and New-to-Practice contracts presentation to divisions
  • Reminder: Encourage your physician leaders to consider applying for a place on GPSC
  • Share your flu vaccine success stories
  • GPSC Update newsletter coming soon
  • Learn about privacy and security in the era of virtual care
  • Data migration support for Wolf EMR retirement
  • Seeking physician input on next Physician Master Agreement
  • Nominations open for Excellence in Health Promotion Awards
  • Increased timeline for doctors completing drivers’ medical examination reports
  • New primary care prostate cancer guideline
  • Multiple myeloma training webcast by BC Cancer
  • Okanagan Clinical Trials seeking participants

October 13, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • Watch: Recorded webinar on new contract options for family doctors
  • Coming up: Webinar on Simplified COVID Contracts
  • New temporary fee code for immunizations
  • Reminder: $1,000 office grant available for BC’s community doctors
  • Help drive change in your health authorities, respond to our survey by October 14
  • Family doctors appointed to group supporting greater diversity and inclusion
  • COVID-19 – #slowthespread campaign
  • Flu vaccines - Connecting with your patients
  • Make a difference for family doctors by joining GPSC
  • JCC principles include cultural safety, longitudinal care, and physician engagement
  • Shared Care: providing doctors with information on Adverse Childhood Experiences   
  • RCCbc launches new online rural innovations inventory to foster collaboration
  • Patients as Partners Online events calendar

September 28, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • Ministry of Health's Primary Care COVID-19 Response Framework for 2020
  • Doctors of BC Board, Representative Assembly, and Committee meetings to continue online
  • Patient Experience Tool updated to enable virtual care feedback 
  • Improvements to the Doctors of BC website
  • Guide to help protect physician offices from violence 
  • Health Authority Engagement Survey 2020: Make your voice heard
  • Reminder: $1,000 office grant available for BC’s community physicians
  • JCC principles include cultural safety, longitudinal care, and physician engagement
  • GPSC Annual Report 2019-2020
  • First Nations Virtual Substance Use and Psychiatry Service
  • Childbearing and pregnancy survey seeks public input
  • UBC study seeks physician feedback to improve concussion care
  • Physician input sought in SFU advance care planning study

September 14, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • COVID-19 Office Safety Plan Support Grant for BC’s community physicians
  • New Doctors of BC back-to-school guide for physicians and the public
  • COVID-19 Webinar: Expert panel discusses return to school and impact on children and youth
  • Message to divisions on flu immunization  
  • Requirement to report MIS-C associated with COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Health Sector Plan for Fall/Winter 
  • Health Authority Engagement Survey 2020: Help drive the change
  • COVID-19 Primary Care Clinician Survey
  • BC Cancer genetic counseling/genetic testing survey
  • New video helps guide patients through a virtual care visit 
  • Virtual chronic pain education for health care providers  
  • Register now for Be Active Every Day

August 28, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • Registration open for fall GPSC Billing Education Webinar Series
  • Application deadline for eFaxing subsidy: August 31
  • UpToDate access for transitioning residents changes on September 18, 2020
  • GPSC Meeting Summary. June-July 2020
  • New BC ECHO on Substance Use – Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Online CBT program for physician health and well-being: Wait list now open
  • Challenge BC kids to play it forward with Be Active Every Day! 
  • COVID-19 Through a Quality Lens - BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Learning Series
  • 2020 CADDRA Indigenous Healthcare Award
  • UBC Canadian Abortion Provider Survey 2019

August 14, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • New BC ECHO on Substance Use - Alcohol Use disorder launch
  • New panel maintenance process available to support proactive patient care
  • Improve your practice with new flexible learning opportunities
  • Registration open for GPSC Leadership Management Development Program
  • New provincial communications team contacts
  • Temporary change to ICBC fee code
  • Resources for pregnant/postpartum anxiety during COVID-19
  • Webinars for physicians – addressing anxiety about back-to-school
  • BC Cancer genetic counseling/genetic testing survey
  • Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis online course

July 31, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • Physician Survey
  • Health Data Coalition and Practice Support Program partner to support physicians 
  • Fee change for substance use care – fee code 00039
  • Changes coming to the Contributory Professional Retirement Savings Plan (CPRSP)  
  • RoadSafety to gradually resume DMER disbursement to drivers 
  • Invitation to participate in BC Guidelines External Review
  • Checkbox: Security issue pop up

July 17, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • Patient resource for returning to work
  • Video for children about COVID-19 testing
  • Webinar recording available: Thompson Region Division Emergency Preparedness/Response Project for Physicians
  • Webinar: Treatment for whiplash
  • Resuming non-urgent Hepatitis C testing
  • Quality Team Coaching for Rural BC — Call for applicants
  • Sue Harris Family Practice Research Grant — Call for applicants
  • Clinicians & administrators: Participate in a short survey about chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Locums for Rural BC support extended until September

June 26, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • Practice Support Program supports for expanding in-person care
  • Maternity Care for BC supports family physicians
  • Call for nominations – Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group
  • Zoom for Healthcare training sessions
  • BC Family Doctors virtual care online tools
  • VCH offers free mental health program 
  • Government introduces amendments to improve care to youth following overdose

June 12, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • Aligning services to better support physicians
  • Family physician longitudinal care payments coming in summer 2020
  • BC Rural and First Nations Health & Wellness Summit: A Virtual Gathering of Communities
  • Update on billing for Telehealth Services during COVID-19
  • Join the Pathways Virtual Care Directory to help patients connect with family doctors
  • Launch of BC community health profiles
  • New CMA Physician Wellness Support Line equalizes access for all provinces
  • Learning sessions and online resources from the Canadian Medical Association
  • Invitation to participate: Developing a pediatric growth monitoring algorithm
  • Breast Cancer Screening Program to resume in June
  • Province-Wide BC Virtual Care Study

May 29, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • Physicians: are you creating an individualized plan to re-open your offices?
  • Intimate Partner Violence during COVID-19
  • Telehealth fee code changes coming June 1
  • Province Wide BC Virtual Care Study
  • COVID-19 Primary Care Survey of Clinicians
  • GPSC Meeting Summary March-May
  • Participation requested for study on rural maternity care
  • Ophthalmology COVID-19 Rapid Access Triage and Referral System
  • New BC Cancer Primary Care Learning Sessions

May 19, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • Coming soon: one-stop information source to help doctors re-open offices
  • Getting Patients Back to the Practice - webinar resources
  • Navigating federal and provincial COVID-19 programs for small businesses
  • Dr Bonnie Henry to speak to physicians on optimizing patient care and safety
  • GPSC providing eFaxing subsidy to BC family physicians
  • Psychological PPE: Peer support beyond COVID-19
  • Hearing from physicians engaged in JCC work
  • Telehealth fee code changes effective June 1, 2020
  • DTO virtual care webinar - feedback and support discussion
  • New Zoom for healthcare resources from DTO
  • Ministry of Health launches PRIME
  • Engaging Youth in Telehealth webinars
  • Health Data Coalition Board of Directors - Call for Nominations
  • Upcoming Oncology CME webcasts
  • BC Cancer primary care learning sessions
  • BC ECHO on Substance Use - Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Invitation from Okanagan Clinical Trials to refer patients for a memory assessment

May 1, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • Business Cost Premium can now be applied to telehealth
  • MSP coverage during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Delivery of immunization services during COVID-19
  • Caring for patients with cardiovascular disease during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • REAKT: Rapid Evidence And Knowledge Translation for Rural Providers during COVID-19
  • DTO updates and resources to support virtual care
  • Support from Locums for Rural BC
  • Expanding data collection and sharing to help family physicians build stronger practices
  • Foundry BC offering virtual drop-in counselling
  • Free chronic pain education for health care providers 

April 20, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • BC physicians can get Zoom licenses at no cost
  • RACE COVID-19 response: Extended hours and new specialty
  • DTO virtual care resources: Video tutorial series, e-faxing guide, weekly support sessions
  • Physicians: things you can do to strengthen your practice during COVID-19
  • The BC College of Family Physicians launches virtual care campaign
  • Postponement of the Fall JCC Events
  • GPSC Spring Billing Webinars – Rescheduled to Summer/Fall 2020
  • Free online support groups for people with chronic pain during COVID
  • Virtual stroke recovery sessions
  • Study: Short interviews on advance care planning
  • Divisions in the News

April 3, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • New temporary COVID-19 fee codes for family physicians (effective March 27) 
  • GPSC billing education webinars 
  • Campaign launched to raise awareness that physicians are using virtual care 
  • COVID-19 supports 
  • COVID‐19 update to BC Cancer Screening Program availability 
  • Outlook setup guide for Divisions of Family Practice 
  • Direct-acting oral anticoagulants now covered by Pharmacare for new patients 
  • Updated Perinatal Services BC Forms – On hold until further notice 
  • Walk with Your Doc event update 
  • Divisions in the News

March 20, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • COVID-19 billing changes
  • Virtual care support from Doctors Technology Office
  • New COVID-19 self-assessment tool
  • Sick notes unnecessary during COVID-19 outbreak
  • Suspension of the Driver Medical Examination Reports
  • Dr Anthon Meyer appointed as next GPSC Co-Chair
  • Team Charting Agreement webinar recording and patient notification posters now available
  • Updated BC Health Quality Matrix
  • MRI Central Intake Office – Updated MRI Appropriateness Check
  • Mini-Profiles showing physician MSP payments for 2018 now available
  • Divisions in the News

March 6, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • PMH-PCN Update
  • PCN Implementation Launch Day 
  • PCNs by the numbers 
  • Important changes to GPSC fees start April 1 
  • Business Cost Premium incentive payment - information session 
  • DTO resources: Using dictation software in medical practices 
  • DTO Releases New Forms Guidelines and Best Practices 
  • February GPSC Meeting Summary 
  • Registration open for online course on Finding and Creating Joy in Work 
  • GPSC’s Patient Experience Tool featured in March BCMJ 
  • Registration open to host a Walk with your Doc event 
  • Invitation to participate in BC Guidelines External Review 
  • Perinatal Services BC updated forms 
  • Patients as Partners Online events calendar 
  • Invitation to refer patients throughout the Okanagan Valley to participate in clinical trials 
  • Information available through Doctors of BC newsletters 
  • Divisions in the News

February 21, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • PMH-PCN Update
  • PCNs by the numbers 
  • Team Charting Agreement Webinars: Team Based Care and information sharing 
  • Fact sheet on GPSC’s new Community Longitudinal Family Physician (CLFP) payment 
  • GPSC sponsorship available for workshop on primary care learning system in BC 
  • Reminder: GPSC billing webinar on March 3 and 30 
  • Divisions invited to Continuing Professional Development Leaders Conference 
  • Health Data Coalition launches TELUS Med Access integration 
  • UBC currently recruiting mentees for the Rural Physician Mentoring Program 
  • Pathways Informational Webinar 
  • In-person support and education for people with pain 
  • New Fraser Health Paris reports available as of March 9, 2020 
  • Divisions in the News

February 7, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • PMH-PCN Update
  • PCN Steering Committee ToR Template 
  • PCN EOI information package 
  • Register now for the Business Cost Premium 
  • Reminder: GPSC billing webinar on February 18 and 19 
  • Clinic Cybersecurity message from Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health 
  • Call for applications to the Sue Harris Family Practice Research Grant 
  • DTO resources for Windows 7 operating system support 
  • Registration open for 2020 Run for Rural Medicine 
  • Divisions in the News

January 27, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • PMH-PCN Update
  • Updates to the GPSC PMH Assessment better support practices and communities
  • Family physicians receive GPSC’s new payment supporting longitudinal care
  • Payment made: GPSC increases maternity and in-hospital fees
  • Reminder to submit GPSC Portal Codes (G14070, G14071)
  • Reminder: GPSC billing webinars on January 27 and 28
  • DTO launches new health technology webinar series
  • Nanaimo-based family doctor featured on Doctors Making a Difference series
  • Society of General Practitioners new brand launch and event
  • Updated Health Care Consent Part 3 FAQ
  • BC Cancer Family Practice Oncology Network CME webcasts
  • Registration open for new primary care learning sessions for colorectal cancer
  • Invitation to participate in study about routine growth monitoring in infancy
  • Remote patient tracking available through Island Health's PowerChart
  • Invitation to refer patients throughout the Okanagan Valley to participate in clinical trials
  • Free hypertension prevention program from Heart and Stoke
  • Divisions in the News

January 10, 2020 Divisions Dispatch

  • PMH-PCN Update
  • New documents on the PCN Toolkit 
  • New GPSC payment to support longitudinal care 
  • Reminder to submit GPSC Portal Codes (G14070, G14071) 
  • Upcoming webinar about team-based care billing 
  • GPSC billing education webinar series: Winter 2020 
  • Update: GPSC increases maternity and in-hospital fees 
  • Readers’ Choice: GPSC 2019 highlights top ten stories from last year 
  • South Okanagan Similkameen Division opens team-based care clinic as part of primary care network 
  • New DocTalks Video: Reducing Risks of Medications for Seniors 
  • GPSC November Meeting Summary 
  • Update from the GPSC Provincial Recruitment and Retention Steering Committee 
  • Enrolling children in MSP when parents or guardians are not eligible 
  • Invitation to complete a survey about routine growth monitoring practices 
  • Participants needed for two BC Guidelines External Reviews 
  • CMA Ambassadors Program 
  • Divisions in the News