April 06, 2018

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 19, 2018

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

March 06, 2018

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

March 05, 2018

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

February 28, 2018

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

February 26, 2018

A “one-for-all” approach to GP recruitment on Vancouver Island has yielded success and a model for regional collaboration elsewhere in BC.

Island divisions formed the Vancouver Island Regional Recruitment and Retention Working... read more

February 05, 2018

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.

As the GPSC's PCN... read more

February 05, 2018

Doctors of BC members are invited to attend the 2018 annual general meeting (AGM) on June 2 at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre (UBC Campus, 6163 University Blvd., Vancouver).

Onsite registration will be open at 8:15 a.m., and the... read more

February 03, 2018

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

February 01, 2018

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

January 24, 2018

The GPSC has scheduled a series of webinars about the PCN expression of interest process. These will be opportunities for CSCs to learn more information and participate in a forum for Q&A.

Webinar dates along with... read more

January 22, 2018

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

January 18, 2018

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

January 01, 2018

Family doctors are reminded to submit the GPSC Portal (G14070) or GPSC Locum Portal fee (G14071) at the start of the new year.

Effective January 1, 2018, GPs will need to bill G14070/71 in the following way to avoid billing... read more

December 20, 2017

The first phase of implementing primary care networks is to increase the number of British Columbians who have access to quality primary care and are attached to a primary care provider.

CSCs are encouraged to start to plan how... read more

December 19, 2017

As the opioid crisis continues in BC, it’s projected that there will be more than 1,500 overdose deaths by December 31, 2017.

Through the GPSC, family doctors can access incentives fees and provincial resources to support opioid... read more

December 08, 2017

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

December 08, 2017

The committee is pleased to welcome Ted Patterson as the new GPSC Ministry of Health co-chair and Dr Mitch Fagan as the a new Doctors of BC representative.

Ted is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Primary and Community Care... read more

November 28, 2017

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

November 01, 2017

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

October 23, 2017

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.

This... read more

October 20, 2017

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

October 02, 2017

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

September 29, 2017

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.

These updates can... read more

September 21, 2017

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

September 19, 2017

This year, more than 160 doctors across BC have met to learn about quality improvement principles that help them find better ways to care for their patients.

“Using strategies borrowed from business and industry, [doctors] are... read more

September 01, 2017

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

August 30, 2017

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

August 24, 2017

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

July 20, 2017

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

June 01, 2017

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

May 23, 2017

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

May 16, 2017

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

May 11, 2017

Congratulations to GPSC co-chair Dr Shelley Ross for being recognized as a change maker for family medicine. 

As an Alumna of the UBC Faculty of Medicine, Dr Ross received the UBC Medical Alumni Association’s 2017 Honorary... read more

April 17, 2017

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

April 16, 2017

Doctors are invited to attend Doctors of BC’s 2017 Annual General Meeting and Convention on Saturday, June 3 at the Pan Pacific Hotel (300-999 Canada Place, Vancouver).

Onsite registration is available from 6:30 a.m. onward, with... read more

April 09, 2017

BC family physicians are strengthening the foundation for the patient medical home model by making continued improvements to their practices.

As part of this work, more than 380 physicians recently participated in the Practice... read more

March 23, 2017

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

March 01, 2017

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

February 10, 2017

The summary report from the GPSC Fall Summit, which took place November 28-29, 2016, is available online in a new web-based interactive format.

The summary captures learnings from the event. The Summit... read more

February 10, 2017

The GPSC has announced patient medical home funding and will host five web-based information sessions with the intention of:

  • Providing a thorough explanation of the funding application process.
  • Clarifying the... read more
February 10, 2017

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

February 01, 2017

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

February 01, 2017

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

January 29, 2017

Two new patient medical home resources are available to distribute to division members and partners:

  • Postcard: Illustrates how the collaborative efforts of doctors and divisions laid the foundation for the PMH through local... read more
January 16, 2017

The GPSC has allocated $8.75 million to resource the divisions’ patient medical home/primary care network development and change management work. Work is underway on the following priority areas:

December 02, 2016

Nearly 300 of BC’s primary health care leaders attended a two-day event in Richmond earlier this week for the GPSC’s Summit: Moving Forward Together.

Attendees included physicians and staff from Divisions of Family Practice, and... read more

December 01, 2016

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

November 30, 2016

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

November 10, 2016

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

November 10, 2016

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

October 24, 2016

To strengthen the interface between divisions and the GPSC, the committee welcomes a group of family doctors to represent the division voice from the five regions across BC.

  • Fraser Health: Dr Ursula Luitingh & Dr Jeff... read more
October 24, 2016

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

October 24, 2016

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

October 13, 2016

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

September 26, 2016

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

August 25, 2016

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

August 15, 2016

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

June 15, 2016

Dr Shelley Ross has been recognized as an outstanding physician contributor in BC by Doctors of BC.

The Dr Cam Coady Award commemorates Dr Coady’s great love of medicine and ensures that his goals and objectives to achieve... read more

June 02, 2016

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

June 01, 2016

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

May 26, 2016

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.

Dr Duncan is representing... read more

May 17, 2016

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.

A number of local... read more

April 07, 2016

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

March 15, 2016

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

February 03, 2016

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

February 01, 2016

Wendy Hansson is the GPSC’s new Ministry of Health co-chair. The Senior Strategic Advisor for the Primary Care Access Branch with a strong track record as a strategic thought leader... read more

December 18, 2015

Doctors can now contact the Doctors Technology Office (DTO) for centralized technical support including support for complex IT technical issues such as:

Timely resolutions of clinic issues that affect EMR /network operations.... read more

December 04, 2015

Due to staffing changes, as of November 30, 2015, physicians with GPSC billing enquiries should contact GPSC Billing or Health Insurance BC at 604 456 6950 (Vancouver) or 866 456 6950 (rest of BC).


November 19, 2015

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

November 15, 2015

Between July and September 30, 2015, hundreds of GPs from across BC shared their ideas about the future of primary care as part of the GPSC’s visioning engagement process.

What’s next?  The GPSC’s Visioning Steering... read more

November 12, 2015

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

November 12, 2015

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

November 04, 2015

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

July 31, 2015

The GPSC is making key changes to its incentive fee codes, including some of the codes for A GP for Me.

These adjustments seek to bring clarity, alignment, and coordination to the GPSC incentives.  These developments... read more

July 16, 2015

Primary care is changing and from now through September, all BC family doctors will have an opportunity to share their ideas about how they want to practice and care for their patients in the future.

The General Practice Services... read more

June 17, 2015

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

June 05, 2015

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

June 03, 2015

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

April 01, 2015

On April 1st, the Practice Support Program (PSP) will start to implement changes to its evolving service delivery model.

After much collaboration with Divisions of Family Practice and health authority Regional Support Team (RST)... read more

February 27, 2015

As the GPSC begins to plan for its priorities for the next three years and beyond, the GPSC wants to engage family doctors every step of the visioning process.

To begin the work, the GPSC is convening a visioning steering... read more

January 19, 2015

The Practice Support Program (PSP) is excited to share an update on its evolving service delivery model.

PSP originally launched in 2007 with a goal of providing module support to physicians and, over the years, PSP has... read more

December 08, 2014

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.

Active as the Vice... read more

December 05, 2014

The GPSC is pleased to introduce a new fee code, 14019, that supports collaboration between family physicians and nurse practitioners (NPs).

Guided by physician voices, the GPSC is pleased to introduce a new fee code, 14019... read more

December 05, 2014

On November 14, 2014, Dr Garey Mazowita was elected as the president of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for 2014-15.

Dr Mazowita received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1979 and his... read more

July 10, 2014

Globe and Mail, Thursday July 3, 2014

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

July 10, 2014 By Marcus Hollander and Garey Mazowita

A version of this commentary appeared in the Hill Times, Toronto Star and the Sudbury Star

Recently hundreds of people lined up for hours outside a new medical... read more

February 27, 2014

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.

Developed... read more

February 27, 2014

Four new In-patient Care incentives have been successfully rolled-out across BC since their April 1, 2013 introduction, with support from the province’s 33 divisions of family practice.

Network incentives for both assigned and... read more

November 14, 2013

An article on the Practice Support Program (PSP) Adult Mental Health (AMH) module was published in the summer edition of The Permanente Journal (, a Kaiser Permanente publication that advances knowledge in... read more

August 09, 2013

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.

Developed... read more

October 28, 2015