Maternity Network Initiative
The Maternity Network Initiative incentive (G14010) helps family doctors form “shared care networks” to apportion the responsibilities of providing continuous obstetrical coverage and full-scope maternity care through links with midwives, specialists, and other GPs.
Eligible general practitioners can receive a quarterly payment each quarter ending March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31 to cover the costs of group/network activities for their shared care of obstetric patients. Payment also includes an additional CMPA subsidy with an approximate value of $650 per year.
To be eligible to be a member of the network, doctors must, for the complete three-month period up to the payment date:
- Be a general practitioner in active practice in BC.
- Have hospital privileges to provide obstetrical care.
- Be associated and registered with a minimum of three other network members (special consideration will be given in those hospital communities with fewer than four doctors providing maternity care).
- Cooperate with other members of the network so that one member is always available for deliveries.
- Make patients aware of the members of the network and the support specialists available for complicated cases.
- Accept a reasonable number of referrals of pregnant patients from doctors who do not have hospital privileges to deliver babies (preferred first visit to the doctor planning to deliver the baby is no later than 12 weeks of pregnancy; the referring doctor may, with the agreement of the delivering doctor, provide a portion of the prenatal care).
- Share prenatal records (real or virtual) with other members of the network as practical, with the expectation to work toward utilizing an electronic prenatal record.
- Schedule at least four deliveries per doctor in each six-month period of time.