COVID-19 Resource Center for Physicians

Below you'll find COVID-19 information for physicians from a variety of sources including Alberta Health Services, Well Doc Alberta and more. See outdated information? Clicked on a broken link? Get in touch with us at webmaster@albertadoctors.org!

Looking for information on support for your practice as well as business continuity planning during the COVID-19 pandemic? Find this and more on our COVID-19 Business Supports page.

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Please be advised: Alberta Health Services is the primary source for COVID-19 information and hosts clinical resources for all providers, including those in primary care. Visit Ahs.ca/covid for resources.

The Alberta Health website is also a great resource, which includes official updates from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, and actions being taken to protect the health of Albertans.

New Clinical Information

Vaccine Resources

Zone-Specific Resources

North Zone
Calgary Zone
Central Zone
Edmonton Zone

Community Physicians

Infection Prevention & Control
Patient Care
Resources for your Practice
Hospital Transitions to Community for COVID-19 Patients

Hospital-Based Physicians


Your Mental Health

During a pandemic such as COVID-19, physicians may encounter heightened stress and challenges. You may feel fatigue, worry or anxiety. If in distress, please consult the following resources:

Contact AMA’s Physician and Family Support Program for CONFIDENTIAL help 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year:

  • 1.877.SOS.4MDS (767.4637)
  • International: 403.930.0529 (you may call collect)

WellDoc Alberta has released seven Bulletins, five podcasts and three webinars. All are available on its helpful resources page: 

Bulletins
  1. Nourishing Our Bodies During the Pandemic
  2. Civility and Respect: How We Can Be at Our Best During the Pandemic and Beyond
  3. Sleep Strategies: Helping Physicians Through COVID-19
  4. Grieving the Loss of Normalcy During the Pandemic
  5. Mindfulness for Physicians During the COVID-19
  6. Helping Each Other Through the Pandemic: Providing Informal Physician-to-Physician Peer Support
  7. Physician Wellness During COVID-19: The Basics
Podcasts
  1. Sleep
  2. Wellness on the Front Lines of a Pandemic
  3. Staying Connected: Emotional Connection Amidst Physical Distancing
  4. Empathy & Compassion: Offering What We Can During COVID-19
  5. Self-Awareness: More Important Than Ever
Webinars
  1. The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Test of System-Level Physician Wellness
  2. Physician Wellness: Feeling Distress, Understanding Loss, and Finding Meaning
  3. Parenting as a Physician during COVID-19: Unique Challenges and Strategies

Virtual Care

On June 9, 2020, Alberta Health Bulletin 231 announced that virtual care codes put in place during the pandemic were made permanent and the restrictions regarding situations of a public health emergency were removed. All other existing rules related to the virtual care codes remained in place including the rates.

A few reminders:

  • Virtual care codes do not apply to the limitations of “V” category code as they relate to the Daily Cap for office, home and unregistered facilities.
  • BCP and RRNP do not apply to virtual care codes and complex modifiers do not apply to virtual care codes. Only time spent directly with the patient may be used in the calculation of time for claiming services and the actual time spent with the patient must be recorded in the patient's chart.
  • The AMA is seeking improvements to the codes to include modifiers and to allow for a wider range of visit services.

Have questions about using virtual care codes? View the AMA Billing Corner for helpful information and answers to common questions.

Have questions on adopting Virtual Care? We have assembled resources to help physicians prepare for providing increased virtual care. Find tips for getting started on our Virtual care page.


COVID-19 Business Supports

Information, news and resources for supporting your practice and clinic and assist with business continuity planning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following topic areas are included: federal and provincial economic measures; banking and finances; information on medical-legal protection; impacts on AMA insurance programs; and tips for employers (as prepared by legal firm, McLennan Ross). Visit web page.


Medical Student Support for Health Care Workers

Need help with childcare, groceries, pet care, pharmacy runs or other errands? Medical students from the Universities of Alberta and Calgary are volunteering to help health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to sign up for services, please use the respective forms below.

  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary - Please note the Calgary Students for Healthcare Workers Initiative is no longer accepting new applications. Learn more

Please be advised these initiatives are led by students and are not affiliated with either of the faculties of medicine.


AMA Staff and Organizational Preparedness

While we are in this crisis situation, the AMA will do its best to maintain business as usual. In an effort to be cautious and responsible, as of March 16 all AMA employees are working from home, consistent with our business continuity plan and measures that many public institutions are taking to facilitate social distancing.

Please do not visit our offices, but rest assured we are available by phone and email. For physicians who would have visited our offices during this period, staff will be in touch to offer alternative ways to participate in meetings.


Educational Materials

Alberta Society of Gastroenterology

Educational videos provided by ASG to help educate GI and GPs in Alberta. The information contained in the videos or documents may be time sensitive and it is important to note date of posting and follow current regulations or protocols should they have changed since the video or documents were made available.

The AMA advances patient-centered, quality care by advocating for and supporting physician leadership and wellness.