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Masks4Canada

July 31, 2020

Masks4Canada is a grassroots initiative to educate the public and Canadian government that face coverings/masks are essential to fight the transmission of COVID-19. Masks, in addition to physical distancing and hand hygiene, can help contain and stop the pandemic. Want to learn more and get involved?

WCB outage this weekend

July 30, 2020

WCB online services, including electronic injury reporting, will not be available from 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31 to 6 a.m., Tuesday, August 4.

Alberta doctors overwhelmingly vote non-confidence in Minister Of Health

July 29, 2020

MEDIA RELEASE: 98% (97.83%) of Alberta’s physicians have lost confidence in Health Minister Tyler Shandro’s ability to manage the province’s health care system, according to a referendum conducted by the Alberta Medical Association.

Email/phone call scam alert

July 16, 2020

We have recently learned of a phone and email scam claiming to be coming from the Canadian Medical Protective Association. Please be advised the CMPA does NOT accept credit cards nor do they communicate using pre-recorded messages.

Unused CME allotments will expire July 31

July 15, 2020

Please note this is applicable only to members emailed regarding remaining allotments. Physicians have until July 31 to submit claims to use up their remaining Continuing Medical Education balance. As the CME Program was eliminated effective March 31, 2020 due to government's Physician Compensation Framework, CME to be claimed must have been completed on or before March 31, 2020. We encourage you to submit your CME claim online through the AMA member dashboard.

Looming physician exodus from Alberta caused by failed provincial funding framework

July 10, 2020

According to a newly released survey of physicians by the Alberta Medical Association (AMA), almost 9-in-10 physicians (87%) will be making changes to their medical practices as a result of the funding framework Health Minister Tyler Shandro imposed on physicians. Of this group, an alarming 49% have made plans or are considering looking for work in another province (this represents 42% of all Alberta doctors). One third (34%) of physicians who will be changing their practices say they may leave the profession or retire early, with other alternatives being mulled including changing how they offer services/withdrawing services from AHS facilities (48%), reducing their hours (43%) and laying off staff (34%).

Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

July 9, 2020

As part of its provincial relaunch strategy the Alberta government has made a available a small grant (maximum $5,000) for small to medium businesses, which also applies to physician corporations. To qualify the applicant needs to enter revenue information from certain months in 2019 and 2020 to show a 50% decrease (e.g., compare March 2019 to March 2020, or compare May 2019 to May 2020). Learn more about the grant and view the AMA’s Program Brief and Application Support Guide for Physicians.

Medical Liability Reimbursement Application Process

July 8, 2020

Please see July 6, 2020 Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan Bulletin for update on the Medical Liability Reimbursement application process.

Who won the 2020 AMA student sponsorships?

June 22, 2020

The Committee on Student Affairs recently met to review sponsorship applications. The Committee chose the following projects/events to receive funding. An email from the AMA to all organizers will be sent out shortly with more information.

Your AMA Section: Two Question Survey

June 12, 2020

NOTE: This survey has now closed. Thank you to all who responded. The two-question survey was conducted on behalf of the Representative Forum Governance Oversight Group; it supports GOG's goal to increase the effectiveness of the AMA's governance structure and promote excellence among sections. All responses are anonymous and only aggregate data will be provided to section executives and shared with GOG.

Annual Achievement Awards paused until 2021

June 9, 2020

The AMA recognizes the strong focus on COVID-19 preparations and management during the past six months. This focus has understandably disrupted many other things including nominations for our annual Achievement Awards. The Board has consequently decided to close nominations immediately and will instead announce a special recognition for 2020. The annual Achievement Awards program will return in 2021.

AMA response to Bill 19, the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Amendment Act

June 5, 2020

Read the Alberta Medical Association's official response to government’s recent announcement about their Tobacco and smoking reduction review.

PPE for Physician Offices - Update from AHS

June 16, 2020

Alberta Health Services provides details on the option to procure critical PPE and supplies through AHS if physicians are community primary care, community specialists or are part of a PCN.

Further update: Resumption of cancer screening services

June 16, 2020

A message from Alberta Health Services: Effective June 15, FIT testing has resumed in Alberta and is recommended for persons aged 50-74. Physicians should avoid ordering FIT testing on patients who do not fall within the target age range.

Medical students say, "Thanks!"

May 20, 2020

The TD Insurance Meloche Monnex / AMA Medical Student Bursaries help to reduce financial pressure from escalating medical school tuition fees. This is so that every qualified student can afford to attend medical school. Since 2001 the program has awarded $1,845,000. This year we were fortunate to administer $1,500 bursaries to each of 90 well-deserving medical students, and they want to express their gratitude to you!

Screening mammography to resume at community Diagnostic Imaging clinics May 19

May 19, 2020

The Alberta Society of Radiologists / Section of Diagnostic Imaging would like to advise colleagues that screening mammography will resume at community Diagnostic Imaging clinics on May 19. This is in order to allow planning time to address a possible return of those patients wanting related consultations and requisitions.

Influenza Immunization Program Update

June 1, 2020

The Influenza immunization Program for 2019-2020 is over. As of May 2, 2020: 1,438,866 doses of influenza vaccine were administered in Alberta. This equates to a provincial coverage rate of 32.9%, an increase of 2.8% over the 2018-2019 season.

July-August 2020 Alberta Doctors' Digest now online

July 8, 2020

Highlights in this issue: Cyber security now; Award-winning physician is at home in rural Alberta; Shine A Light - Dr. Joni McNeely; Dr. Gadget - Virtual care built by and for Alberta docs; Health Law Update - Resuming practice and providing a safe workplace; Student Spotlight - Students helping physicians during COVID-19; Insurance Insights - Your AMA life insurance plans just got better; and a lot more!

AMA holiday office hours

July 31, 2020

Please note the AMA phone lines will be closed Monday, August 3 for Heritage Day. Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, August 4. All physical AMA locations continue to be closed.

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