April 1, 2017 Billing Corner
March 16, 2017
The April 1 SOMB reflects only changes made pursuant to the Individual Fee Review of the Physician Compensation Committee as well as the SOMB Rule Changes Initiative. The April 1, 2017 SOMB scheduled adjustment (a cost-of-living increase) is being held back as an amount at risk under the Amending Agreement. A reconciliation process to be completed no later than June 30, 2018 will determine whether the payment will be made to physicians.
CMA online and in-house courses on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)
March 15, 2017
To help prepare members who are considering offering MAiD to their patients, Joule™ and the CMA have recently launched an advanced facilitated MAiD course. The course is a follow-up to the foundational course and provides comprehensive in-depth education on topics related to medical assistance in dying, as well as advanced practical training for physicians.
CPSA rolls out new prescribing rules to help combat opioid crisis
March 6, 2017
A new process for prescribing high-risk drugs like opioids, benzodiazepines, sedatives and stimulants will improve physician prescribing and enhance patient safety. Approved by the Council of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA), the new standard of practice on Prescribing: Drugs with Potential for Misuse or Diversion comes into effect April 1, 2017.
FORE! Registration open for 90th Annual North/South Doctors' Golf Tournament
March 3, 2017
Registration is now open for the 90th Annual North/South Doctors’ Golf Tournament taking place Monday, June 26 at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club.
“American Medical Directory” scam alive and well
February 21, 2017
Are you among the Alberta physicians being bullied by the American Medical Directory, also known as AMMEDI.com or the UNITED Directorios LDA? After agreeing to be added to what you thought was a free and legitimate medical directory, were you then sent invoices for thousands of dollars with threats of collections and legal action if not paid or settled in full? You’re among good company.
Reconciliation and Physician Compensation committees: Applications due March 3
January 25, 2017
The AMA is seeking representatives for the Reconciliation Committee and Physician Compensation Committee. Please submit applications by March 3.
Help the AMA recognize the most compassionate physician you know!
January 16, 2017
The deadline for nominations has been extended to February 28. Think of that “one in a million” colleague. We bet that physician is probably the last one who ever talks about all that he or she gives every day to patients, communities and medicine. That’s why the AMA Award for Compassionate Service may be just what the doctor ordered. There is still time to make a nomination!
Major Outage to PIN on Sunday January 8, 2017
January 4, 2017
There will be a planned outage to Pharmaceutical Information Network (PIN) on Sunday, January 8, between 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. Click to learn how this will affect you. The outage is required to implement application and database updates to improve PIN functionality, maintainability and performance.
January 1, 2017 Billing Corner
December 22, 2016
View Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan Schedule of Medical Benefits changes for January 1, 2017.
What are your thoughts on WCB Alberta?
December 21, 2016
A panel within the provincial government is currently reviewing the Workers Compensation Board of Alberta and has requested physician input.
Update from the IFHP
December 20, 2016
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is moving to a ten-digit client ID (Unique Client Identifier – UCI) number to accommodate an increasing number of applicants. Effective December 15, 2016, ten-digit UCIs will be issued to new beneficiaries of the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). Client IDs for existing beneficiaries will not change.
New & improved logins
December 5, 2016
We’ve changed the AMA login mechanism to make it easier and quicker. Next time you log in, select the ‘remember me’ option - if you come back within a few weeks you won’t need to look up and type in your member number again for access to secure pages, just your password. To accommodate this and other upcoming improvements, we’ve moved the login button to the top right of the website. Look for more improvements to this feature coming soon. Questions or suggestions for improvement? Let us know at email@example.com.
Reminder: It's time to renew your AMA membership
December 1, 2016
It’s time to renew your AMA/CMA membership. Our online renewal process makes renewal quick and easy. Click for more information and to renew.