An innovative mental health resource from Salt Spring Island is featured in the April 2018 GPSC Column of the BC Medical Journal, highlighting its value as a customizable resource for all BC communities. The Salt Spring Island Youth... read more
March 8 marked a key milestone in the evolution of primary care in BC and the collective efforts of the Ministry of Health, Doctors of BC, divisions of family practice, and health authorities to support patients in a more meaningful way... read more
The East Kootenay Division hosted small group events in local communities throughout the region to encourage their members to complete the patient medical home (PMH) assessment. Since the PMH model may look different depending on where... read more
In response to feedback from physicians, PSP has moved its tools, resources, and core content to a new online platform, the PSP Exchange. On this platform, information is more streamlined and aligned to support physicians in practices... read more
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC has announced changes to its physician search directory—specifically, removing the feature that allows family physicians to identify themselves as accepting new patients. Once the feature is... read more
The GPSC is reviewing the submissions received by the first intake deadline of February 1 and will confirm the first five to eight communities selected as early adopters of this work as soon as possible.
Participants in the recent PCN information webinars learned that the Shared Care Committee is working in partnership with the GPSC and the Specialist Services Committee to support wider engagement of the physician community, including... read more
In January, the GPSC hosted a series of webinars to provide follow-up information and a forum for a Q&A about the PCN expression of interest process. Staff are summarizing these discussions to share in an upcoming issue of Divisions... read more
The Central Interior Rural Division (CIRD) hosted three successful events that encouraged members to complete the GPSC Patient Medical Home (PMH) Assessment and provided a great opportunity for individual engagement and conversations... read more
In response to feedback from divisions and CSCs regarding tight timelines and lack of clarity about the PCN expression of interest intakes, the GPSC is in the process of scheduling several webinars. Divisions and CSCs are encouraged to... read more
To help reduce the impact of retirement on physicians and their patients, a number of divisions of family practice have collected and/or created resources to help physicians prepare for retirement. These include resources that support... read more
To comply with new College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) requirements for Mainpro+ certification, the PSP has reviewed and revised content for its nine learning modules. The content was reviewed extensively by a representative... read more
At its October meeting, with input from health authority and division representatives at the table, the GPSC committed to make two important operational changes in order to improve linkages between local and regional collaborative... read more
Through their local divisions of family practices, family doctors around the province are working with partners in their communities on projects to support the care of patients with mental health and substance use issues.
Many GPs are working in practice teams to increase capacity for themselves and their practices. To support this approach, and in response to physician feedback through the GPSC visioning consultations, the GPSC has simplified and... read more
The GPSC incentives continue to change in response to physician feedback collected during the visioning consultations, and to support the strategic objectives of the patient medical home model. The majority of the changes came into... read more
Clinics using Microsoft Windows 10 may be experiencing an impact on their network performance due to the latest update, Windows Creators. Doctors Technology Office has advice to help minimize the impact.
BC family doctors are working to improve services for their patients with the patient medical home (PMH) model of care. As part of their PMH journeys, more than 400 doctors have improved the quality of their patient data using PSP’s new... read more
The introduction of the BC patient medical home last year prompted many rural GPs to reflect on how they are currently working, including working in teams to deliver integrated services and whole-person care that wraps around patients... read more
Chris Pasin, pharmacist/owner of several RemedyRX pharmacies in the South Okanagan, has been awarded the BC Pharmacy Association's Ben Gant Innovative Practice Award for his work in developing chronic pain medication information... read more
Eight new patient medical home (PMH) engagement journey stories have been added to the PMH/PCH Resources section of the provincial Divisions of Family Practice website. The stories highlight divisions’ early work towards the... read more
On June 19 and 20, family doctors and various Ministry of Health, health authority, and Doctors of BC representatives gathered for the GPSC Spring Summit, which focused on progress and future steps toward establishing the patient... read more
The GPSC is working with family doctors, divisions of family practice, and other partners toward achieving the patient medical home model of family practice, which will form the foundation for integrated primary care in BC. Patient... read more
On June 19 and 20 in Vancouver, the GPSC’s is hosting a two-day networking event for partners who are working together to transform BC's system of primary care. The Spring Summit will bring together divisions staff and lead physicians... read more
The GPSC PMH Evaluation Framework has been distributed to all divisions. It will measure progress toward implementing the patient medical home (PMH) model at the provincial level, and system changes resulting from adopting the model.... read more
BC doctors can access learning and support tools to help patients manage chronic pain, to comply with the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons opioid prescribing standards, and to help address substance use issues in their own... read more
The Community Development and Learning team, along with a panel of subject area specialists from the Community Practice and Quality Integration (CPQI) committee, recently hosted five PMH funding information webinars with the goal of:... read more
Many doctors are likely aware that the GPSC is working toward creating an integrated system of care – a health care system that improves support for patients through enhanced and simplified linkages between providers. The patient... read more
The provincial shift toward an integrated system of care via the patient medical home and primary care home model is underway. Throughout this process, there will be great value in divisions supporting each other through collaboration... read more
Doctors can now access the first series of PSP’s small group learning sessions (SGLS). Practice Improvement: Making Quality Improvement Work for You is a series of short, interactive sessions that introduce doctors to accessible and... read more
With patient medical home work underway in communities throughout BC, doctors and divisions may be interested in the GPSC’s latest BC Medical Journal column, “The patient medical home: Working together to create an integrated system of... read more
An integrated system of care: Better ways to support patients The GPSC has set out a vision to contribute to an integrated system of care; to ensure doctors are better supported to care for patients by working more closely with other... read more
With the practise of medicine constantly growing more complex, doctors tackle new challenges by evolving their practices and services to meet the ever-changing and varied needs of their patients. Over the years, the Practice... read more
Small group learning sessions (SGLS) organized by the Practice Support Program (PSP) give doctors the opportunity to discuss, discover, and share learnings in a practical environment. Topics are informed by doctors and divisions at a... read more
In a video for the Burnaby Division of Family Practice, GPSC co-chair Dr Shelley Ross discusses what led her to practice general practice and maternity care in Burnaby. The video is one in a series that promote the city to doctors who... read more
Doug Hughes has been appointed as the new GPSC’s new Ministry of Health co-chair. Doug is the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance Division. Doug has worked with the provincial government for... read more
Doctors Technology Office (DTO) is seeking physicians to join in a series of upcoming webinars on information management and information technology (IM/IT) related initiatives at the regional and provincial level. To support doctors in... read more
The payment model for PSP's learning modules is changing as of next month. The change affects the timing of payment, not the total amount of funds available. The policy change will apply to learning module cohorts with their first... read more
Dr Nicholas Petropolis of the Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice has been awarded an Above and Beyond Award by the Fraser Health Authority for his work with frail elders and residential care. Dr Petropolis is the recipient of... read more
The year 2015/2016 was an evolutionary one for the PSP as it focussed on innovative ways to improve quality improvement for BC health professionals. At the same time, it delivered a full agenda of existing programs such as learning... read more
This week, the UBC’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the Faculty of Medicine’s School of Population and Public Health (CHSPR) released a research paper that analyzes whether British Columbia’s primary care reform (... read more
PSP has partnered with Electronic Medical Records (EMR) vendors to provide physicians with easy-to-use, powerful tools that optimize the value of your EMR by supporting improvements to both patient care and practice operations... read more
The GPSC congratulates Dr Bob Burns on his retirement later this month. Dr Burns has served on the GPSC committee for nearly four years as a representative for the Vancouver Island Health Authority. The committee thanks Dr Burns... read more
Congratulations to Dr Fiona Duncan for being recognized as a family physician promoting positive change for patients, the health care system, and the profession in the Doctors of BC 2016 Annual Report.
In February, physicians and health care providers gathered for the first-ever Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs) Showcase. The event was part of the annual BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Forum.
Last summer and early fall, the GPSC invited family doctors in BC to speak up about how they want to practice and care for their patients in the future. More than 30% of family doctors participated in our province-wide engagement... read more
The Doctors Technology Office (DTO) supports BC physicians with their in-practice technology needs. Physicians can receive advocacy support and guidance around use of technology in their practices, with a primary focus on Electronic... read more
Supporting family physicians in providing maternity care services to women in their communities has been a GP Services Committee (GPSC) priority since the committee’s inception. Over the years, the GPSC has supported family physicians... read more
A new, centralized toolkit has been developed to support divisions and other stakeholders in their physician recruitment and retention efforts. Created by the Divisions of Family Practice Recruitment and Retention Steering... read more
More and more doctors are taking on leadership roles in their practices and communities. Since 2011, the GPSC has been supporting these efforts by offering the Leadership and Management Development Program (LMDP), through the Simon... read more
At the end of July, the GPSC sent out updated information about the GPSC fee codes. In particular, there were some changes to the documentation requirements for billing these fees. For example, you must now record and submit start and... read more
Small group learning sessions are now available through the Practice Support Program. This reflective innovative learning model engages doctors in locally and clinically relevant topics as identified by their division of family practice... read more
Sometimes you have to look back in order to realize how far you have come. A recent message received (below) from Dr Keith Phillips highlights the value of the Practice Support Program (PSP). As the GP champion of the PSP Pain... read more
The GPSC recognizes the pressure on divisional infrastructure and A GP for Me budgets due to the 5.8% increase in sessional fees made effective April 1, 2015. At its April meeting, the committee agreed to provide divisions an increase... read more
BC physicians have one of the highest EMR adoption rates in the country. Ninety-four percent (3,542) of full-service family practice GPs are on an EMR and and 100% of those in large clinics (six or more physicians) are now practicing... read more
The GPSC is delighted to welcome Dr Fiona Duncan as a Doctors of BC representative to the Committee. Dr Duncan has been very involved in the A GP For Me Working Group, and now co-chairs that working group.
A culture change has been quietly transforming health care in the British Columbia, replacing past animosity and rancour between doctors and government with a new climate of co-operation –... read more
In late April 2014, more than 200 participants gathered at the Westin Wall Centre in Richmond, BC in the second of two provincial sessions for the new Practice Support Program (PSP) Pain Management learning module.
An article on the Practice Support Program (PSP) Adult Mental Health (AMH) module was published in the summer edition of The Permanente Journal (www.permanentejournal.org), a Kaiser Permanente publication that advances knowledge in... read more
Family and specialist physicians throughout BC now have access to training and resources designed to support the effective coordination of care for patients who are at risk of or living with COPD and heart failure.