News

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 physicians are located... 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 with quality improvement activities... 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 with physicians.

“The process... 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 group of PSP regional team members,... 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 set of EMR-based tools. The... 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 learning to identify specific... 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 sessions.

Chris served as the... 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 Support Program’s panel assessment... 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 practical tools to make 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 community level to ensure learnings... 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 learning session on or after November... 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 modules, in-practice coaching, EMR... 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.

Specialized screening... 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 Fraser University’s Beedie School of... 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.

“The medical practice... 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 Management module in Nanaimo, and... 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 using an EMR in their day-to-day... 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) leadership, the PSP’s service... 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 continually refined its goals and services... 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 under the governance of and with... 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 (www.permanentejournal.org), a Kaiser Permanente publication that advances knowledge in scientific research, clinical medicine... 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 under the governance of and with... read more

News

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.

Division and health... 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 physicians are located... 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 expression of interest process is ongoing... 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 specialty care, as part of the PMH/... 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 Dispatch. In the meantime, click... 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 with physicians.

“The process... 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 join the webinars to ask questions... 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 to establish and support –through... 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 tables and the GPSC, and to give the... 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 effect as of October 1, 2017.... 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 set of EMR-based tools. The... 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.

“Many small rural... 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 PMH model of care and look at their... 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 medical homes are family doctor... 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. Additional information and materials... 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 Support Program’s panel assessment... 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:

Providing a thorough explanation... 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 medical home model is an important... 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 process and answering questions. Learning what types of... 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 and sharing of resources.

The... 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 care.” In addition to highlighting... 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 initiatives, A GP for Me, divisions of... 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:

Funding. Evaluation and reporting requirements. Available supports.... 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 providers, teams and networks, and... 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 Support Program has evolved as well,... read more

March 20, 2018