Physician Compensation Committee (PCC)

The Physician Compensation Committee (PCC) is a joint committee that includes representatives from Alberta Health (AH) and the Alberta Medical Association (AMA). 

The committee includes the appointed Chair and three representatives from each of Alberta Health and the AMA. The PCC-appointed Chair operates independently and is not affiliated with either organization. The AMA’s three representatives are guided by the Board of Directors, which is advised by our internal Alberta Medical Association compensation committee and other groups.

The committee was established under the AMA Agreement to provide a specific and focused “authority and responsibility over all elements of physician compensation, plans and programs subject to the provisions of the AMA Agreement.”

A Physician’s Guide to the PCC and Individual Fee Review Process

In answer to questions that physicians have raised about the Physician Compensation Committee process and the work that it does, the Board of Directors had this detailed document prepared for members. If you have any technical questions about how the PCC works, your answer can likely be found here!

PCC Update

Call for applications: AMA committees

December 16, 2016

The AMA is seeking representatives for the following three committees: 1) Reconciliation Committee: One or two open positions 2) Peer Review Committee: Four open positions 3) Physician Compensation Committee: One Specialist Position available

PCC Update

November 29, 2016

The PCC has new and exciting changes to its membership. With the recently amended AMA Agreement in place, the PCC welcomes Alberta Health Services (AHS) to the table to form a tripartite committee with members from Alberta Medical Association, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.

Give Feedback on Proposed SOMB Rule Changes

October 24, 2016

Want to share your thoughts and comments on suggested SOMB rule changes? Our new online form enables members to quickly and easily provide feedback to the SOMB Working Group on the list of initiatives that are being considered. Click here to tell us what you think of items on the ‘ideas list’ or propose some of your own.

April 19, 2016 - PCC Update

April 19, 2016

The PCC is pleased to announce it has arrived at the final decisions regarding the Individual Fee Review with respect to the six Health Service Codes of interest to the sections of Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Radiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

March 31, 2016 - PCC Update

March 31, 2016

The Committee continues to make progress in the provincial individual fee review. Also, the PCC is pleased to share important news on the upcoming April 1, 2016 Allocation.

August 27, 2015 - PCC Update

August 27, 2015

In accordance with the Individual Fee Review Process, the PCC has arrived at a preliminary decision regarding some individual Health Service Codes (HSCs).

February 12, 2015 - PCC Update

February 12, 2015

In accordance with the Individual Fee Review Process, the PCC continues with the careful analysis of fee codes to ensure the Individual Fee Review process is one that can carry forward to future fee review work. Section representatives can be assured that they will have opportunities to address potential code changes that affect their Section. The PCC is pleased to provide an update regarding Allocation 2015 and to highlight some of the pre-planning for the subsequent Allocation 2016.

November 21, 2014 - PCC Update

November 21, 2014

Since the last PCC Update, the Committee continues to make progress in the provincial individual fee review.

September 14, 2014 - PCC Communication to Section Presidents from PCC Chair

September 14, 2014

Physician Compensation Committee (PCC) communication to Section Presidents from the PCC Chair.

September 3, 2014, President's Letter

September 3, 2014

Commenting about ongoing work of the Physician Compensation Committee. The Alberta Medical Association’s objectives relate to our physician compensation strategy and the four elements: access; equity; productivity and quality. Over the short- and long-term, the work of the PCC will emphasize: new compensation models; individual fee review; Relative Value Guide; overhead and Academic Alternative Relationship Plans. A five-step process has been established for an initial fee review of a small number of codes as part of a long-term relativity exercise. Affected sections are being engaged. The long-term goal is a payment system that is aligned with meeting the needs of our patients.

July 16, 2014, PCC Update

July 16, 2014

Updates on changes in committee membership and priority activities.

June 24, 2014 President's Letter

June 24, 2014

On June 19 you should have received your copy of the Physician Compensation Committee (PCC) Update newsletter. This issue included an important document: PCC Process for Individual Fee Review. I think most members know that PCC has been asked to conduct an individual fee review.

June 19, 2014, PCC Update

June 19, 2014

Updates on changes in committee membership and priority activities.

April 7, 2014, PCC Update

April 7, 2014

Updates on changes in committee membership and priority activities.

February 28, 2014, President's Letter

February 28, 2014

News for EMRs, POSP and PCC.

February 26, 2014, PCC Update

The Physician Compensation Committee’s collective and collaborative efforts have made significant strides in Allocation 2014 and the corresponding rate increases for Alternate Relationship Plans (ARPs), the Business Costs Program and Rural Remote Northern Program.

PCC membership

PCC members include:

  • Chair: Christopher Sheard.
  • Alberta Health: Bernard Anderson, Dr. Alan Casson, Maryna Korchagina and Ashley Stacewizc (observer).
  • Alberta Medical Association: Dr. Gerry Kiefer, Dr. Linda Slocombe, Jim Huston and Allan Florizone (observer).

Priorities

The PCC is developing an interim work plan to help identify an extensive list of priorities, while focusing on a few initial areas over the next year. For example, the PCC has identified the following areas of work as immediate priorities:

  • Primary care compensation.
  • Family Care Clinic compensation (completed).
  • Business costs and overhead.
  • Relative value, including an individual fee review.

The PCC is committed to accomplishing its mandate as set out in the AMA Agreement. A strategic requirements document will be finalized soon to add further clarity.

Questions?

  • For AMA at PCC, contact
    Jim Huston, Assistant Executive Director, Health Economics
    Email: Jim Huston
  • For information about PCC operations, contact the Physician Compensation Committee
    Email: PCC@albertadoctors.org  

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  • #1

    Stacy J.Davies

    Physician

    1:51 PM on March 11, 2014

    I am a family physician who is currently doing home visits in assisted care two days per week. My experience is that many of the residents, have complex medical problems that require a lot of energy, time and brain power to keep them out of the hospital.

    I have heard that the PCC plans to reduce our fees to be about equal to an office visit. I would like to let you know that I (and probably others) would have to stop doing the home visits if that is the case. It is not reasonable to ask a physician to manage complex medical problems in the home environment without a financial upside. If it is a net loss to work in the assisted care setting rather than the office (where there is lots of support and help), then fewer physicians will do it, and more patients will be sent to hospital. The NP's are an asset in this setting, but most are not willing to take responsibility for keeping an acutely ill patient in their home.

  • #2

    Johann van der Vyver

    Physician

    9:15 PM on April 07, 2014

    Dear CPC

    Its with interest that I noticed that that a consultant can be paid for a a new service 03.01O, this seems very appropriate for teledermatology consults. The missing ingredient is the fee for the referring physician (GP) that prepares the history, sending the pictures, then act on the feedback (Surely no different than any other consultation). This all involves, skill, time and knowledge to be applied, why then not a fee for the physician that will take the action and responsibility to apply the acquired information and feedback?

  • #3

    Brian Gillanders M.D.

    Physician

    11:40 AM on December 27, 2014

    As a community-based practicing family physician, I was dismayed after waiting and watching my overhead costs go up from year to year to see the fee allocation in April of 2014 to essentially provide no increase to office based practice - ie. the 03.03A fee. Fees for hospital care did increase. While I appreciate the need for remuneration to maintain interest in hospital care (which I did for 30 years), the majority of people I know now providing hospital care do not have a community practice and therefore are not faced with the ever-increasing overhead expenses.
    I certaintly hope with the next allocation in April of 2015 recognizes the lack of support since 2010 to deal with the inevitable increasing office overhead costs.

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