PCN Governance Framework ratified

PCN Physician Leads Executive members are pleased to let you know that the results of the PCN Governance Framework vote are in and below is a breakdown of those results:

  • 47.3% (1764) of eligible physicians voted.
  • 88% (1555) of physicians voted yes, 12% (209) of physicians voted no.
  • 97.6% (41) of PCNs voted yes, 2.4% (1) of PCNs voted no.

PCNs benefit from the new structure in several ways including:

  • Equity for zones by identifying local concerns at the provincial table.
  • Opportunity to standardize delivery of primary Health Care across the zone.
  • Motivation for Alberta Health Services (AHS), Alberta Health (AH) and PCNs to be active and engaged partners uniformly across the province.
  • Access to new supports and the ability to optimize existing support.

Planning and implementation will begin in July. The Provincial PCN Committee will be established first, once it’s approved by the Minister. The Alberta Medical Association, Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health are working together to establish the committees. As the implementation plan is developed, more information will become available.

Why is it a good thing?

The ratified PCN Governance Framework has been developed (under the AMA Amending Agreement) by the AMA and Alberta Health in partnership with PCN member physicians and Alberta Health Services. The goal of the framework is to define requirements and relationships among all PCNs and your local, zonal and provincial partners. This will improve linkages between the different levels and provide ways to collectively make decisions and set priorities – with clearer roles and accountability.

The current government has publicly expressed a commitment to build the primary health care system on the foundation of PCNs with more collaborative decision making between government and PCNs. The proposed PCN Governance Framework includes three levels of governance: provincial, zonal and local. All communication between local, zonal and provincial committees will be bi-directional. This means that information will flow up from PCNs, to zones, to the provincial committee and vice versa. While all five zones currently meet on a regular basis, the new framework will formalize these relationships.

PCN Leadership: sharing the message

This toolkit of resources has been updated to help PCN Leadership (i.e., Executive Directors, Board members or Physician Leads) continue to inform their physician membership following the vote. The toolkit provides the key messaging to be shared with membership.

The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members, providing leadership & support for their role in the provision of quality health care.