Specialty Care Alliance (SCA)

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The Specialty Care Alliance provides a forum for the unified voice of Specialty Care physicians in the province. Specialty care representatives and other key stakeholders work together to advance common interests and shared goals, focusing on system stewardship and various issues and opportunities within Specialty Care.

Purpose

The purpose is to provide a mechanism for the AMA and its specialty sections to engage as a group on various topics including integration of care, income equity, quality patient care, access to services, system innovation, physician supply and other activities of common interest.

Principles

  • Enhance quality and value of health care provided to Albertans.
  • Improve specialist integration with primary care partners.
  • Improve access to specialist care for all Albertans.
  • Enhance the well-being of specialist physicians.
  • Collaborate in quality and health system improvement.
  • Advocate for innovation in health systems and models of care.

Current Work of the SCA

 Primary Care Alliance (PCA) and Specialty Care Alliance – Improving Transitions of Care

The 2017 Auditor General’s Report, Better Healthcare for Albertans, identified integration and continuity of care as a key to improving quality and managing costs. At the AMA’s 2018 fall Representative Forum, delegates where shown the short film, Falling Through the Cracks: Greg’s Story. In May 2018, the PCA and SCA developed a collaborative working group to focus on improving integration between primary and specialty care. Our hope is to have a scalable, flexible, functional strategy that will better integrate the transitions between primary and specialty care in order to prevent patients from falling through the cracks.

Role of the SCA

Members

Dr. Luc Berthiaume
Chair, Intensive Care

Dr. Graham Campbell
Deputy Chair, Diagnostic Imaging

Dr. Jessica Abraham
General Surgery 

Dr. Jennifer Bailey
Gastroenterology

Dr. Geoffrey Hawboldt
Anesthesia

Dr. Laurie Parsons
Dermatology

Dr. Michel Sauve
Internal Medicine

Dr. Steve Tilley
Cardiology

Dr. Howard Evans
AMA Board Member

Dr. Tobias Gelber
AMA Board Member

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