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Important Message to Albertans from Your Family Physicians

March 30, 2020

In this COVID-19 pandemic, family physicians in the province want to reassure their patients that they are still open and able to care for them. Whether patients have questions and concerns related to COVID-19, or are in need of care or advice for something else, family physicians are still open for business as usual. Albertans need to know that there are many ways their family physicians can care for them safely and effectively, including virtually.

AMA President-Elect: Call for Nominations

March 26, 2020

The Call for Nominations period for the 2020-21 president-elect is open. Nominations are due by 9 a.m., Friday, April 24.

CPSA COVID-19 Physician Registry: Please update your status

March 26, 2020

To do our part to support the response to COVID-19, AMA is supporting AHS and CPSA’s central registry for physicians to self-report their ability to provide clinical services during the pandemic: Please take 5 minutes to update your status in CPSA’s Physician Portal, and, if your status changes during the pandemic, please update your response.

Delaying cancer screening appointments during COVID-19

March 25, 2020

To slow down the spread of COVID-19, and to ensure health resources are available to support the urgent needs of all Albertans, AHS’s Screening Programs has made the decision, in collaboration with the Emergency Coordination Centre and its partners, to delay non-urgent cancer screening at this time.

AMA Staff Working from Home

March 24, 2020

IMPORTANT: As of Monday, March 23, all AMA staff are working from home and AMA physical locations are closed. This transition to work from home is consistent with our business continuity plan and the general recommendations made by the provincial Medical Officer of Health to facilitate social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19. The AMA has implemented tools to ensure we operate at full capacity while doing our part to keep staff and our community safe and healthy. All the normal telephone and email channels for communicating with AMA staff remain active.

March 2020 Billing Corner

March 27, 2020

March 2020 Billing Corner was amended March 27, 2020. Please read and share with your billing staff.

RF meeting cancelled

March 11, 2020

The AMA has been consulting with public health leaders with respect to holding the Representative Forum in the current COVID 19 pandemic, which the World Health Organization has just announced. As of today we believe there is too much risk in bringing this many physicians together and the March 13-14 Representative Forum meeting has been cancelled. The Board of Directors will have a teleconference this evening to consider the outcome of the two days of meetings with government this week. We will also be working towards a virtual RF meeting in the near future.

Looking for daily updates on Alberta's COVID-19 response?

March 24, 2020

AHS distributes an update to medical staff daily that outlines key information and developments on the COVID-19 response. Some resources in the update are specific to AHS; however, many of the updates are also relevant to primary care.

AMA assistance is available to physicians exploring or applying for a clinical ARP

February 26, 2020

Interested in a clinical Alternative Relationship Plan? Whether it’s for the Annualized, Sessional or primary care Blended Capitation Model, we’ve got you covered.

What are your perspectives on ordering imaging for uncomplicated low back pain?

January 17, 2020

University of Calgary researchers are looking to interview Alberta family physicians to better understand clinical perspectives related to uncomplicated low back pain imaging. The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding of factors that influence imaging ordering practices. Research findings will help design better interventions used to optimize recommendations in practice. Interviews will take approximately 45 minutes, at a location and time of your choice. You will be offered an honorarium for your time.

Apply today for the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex/AMA Medical Student Bursary

November 12, 2019

We are now accepting online applications for the 2019-20 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex/AMA Medical Student Bursary! Please submit your online application by December 31, as applications received after this date will not be accepted.

Important updates to Alberta Netcare Portal for Connect Care launch

November 8, 2019

Over the weekend Alberta Netcare Portal implemented a release to support the November 3 launch of Connect Care. Please ensure to share this communication with your colleagues as they may be impacted by this release.

Wave 1 of Connect Care has launched. How is it affecting community and AHS physicians?

November 6, 2019

This past Sunday, November 3, the Wave 1 implementation of Connect Care launched. Continue reading to find out how this is affecting community physicians and AHS physicians.

Introducing: the Section of Family Medicine

October 23, 2019

The Section of General Practice officially became the Section of Family Medicine at its Annual General Meeting on September 26. The new name more accurately describes the work being done by family physicians every day. The term "family medicine" recognizes the specialized care offered by family physicians and communicates the important role they play in the lives of their patients and in the health care system as a whole.

Is regular email a secure messaging tool?

October 1, 2019

A recent breach has brought the risks of emailing (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Shaw, etc) personal health information to the forefront. What appears to be a secure and convenient tool has many potential risks that can result in the exposure of personal health information and along with that, liability issues for physicians.

Influenza Immunization Program Update

March 27, 2020

The Influenza Immunization Program for 2019-2020 is almost over. As of March 21, 2020, 1,426,778 doses of influenza vaccine have been administered in Alberta.

March-April 2020 Alberta Doctors' Digest now online

March 12, 2020

Highlights in this issue: albertapatients.ca now has more than 11,000 members; Guest Editorial: Illegal organ harvesting must stop; Privacy breach prevention in your office; Olympic gold medalist inspires Indigenous youth; AMA Shines A Light on Drs Francesco Mosaico and Remo Panaccione; Alberta medical students focus on personal and peer health and wellness; and a lot more!

AMA holiday office hours

February 14, 2020

Please note the AMA offices and phone lines will be closed Monday, February 17 for Family Day. Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, February 18.

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