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What stops us from fixing healthcare? Policymakers themselves  (post)

My New Year’s Wish: Get policymakers to work a shift with either a family doctor, an ICU nurse or an ER doctor. Get policymakers to swallow their hubris. And get policymakers to work with doctors and nurses to fix health care. Wishing you all a better 2023. Happy New Year! https://ottawacitizen.... Tags: Health Care Policy
Posted: December 21, 2022 (public)
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Dear consultant doctor: An open letter from a couple of family physicians  (post)

https://healthydebate.ca/2023/01/topic/dear-consultant-doctor/ Dear Colleague, we wish to outline some common sources of frustration for FPs. We wish to work together better, to identify pain points and address them respectfully. Some concerns of FPs, like suboptimal availability of consultants,... Posted: January 13, 2023 (public)
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28th WONCA Europe Conference 2023 Brussels

Jun 07, 2023, 7:00 am to Jun 10, 2023, 12:00 pm
The theme is “Making choices in primary care”. The Scientific Committee is preparing an exciting programme based on original abstracts and contributions from leading international scientific networks and special interest groups.

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Talking about CareCanvas.ca  (post)

CareCanvas summarizes practice data to help you streamline better care for your patients.  It's free to you, can provide you with 6 MainPro+ hours and can help you fulfill CPSO QI requirements.  Click here for more information and to sign up Tags: Practice Metrics
Posted: December 20, 2022 (public)
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SGFP Holiday Greetings and December Chair's Letter  (post)

As we all prepare for some quality downtime with our family and friends for the holiday season, on behalf of the SGFP executive, I would like to extend my warmest holiday wishes to each and every one of you. Tags: Holiday Coverage
Posted: December 20, 2022 (public)
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Dr. Pharmacist?  (post)

Pharmacists’ knowledge of medications is invaluable. But are they diagnosticians? Tags: Pharmacists, Prescribing
Posted: December 17, 2022 (public)
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FFS cap limit change deferred until April 2024  (post)

PSA update: Risk-adjusted capitation payment system deferred Dear colleagues, The 2021 Physician Services Agreement includes a provision for the current age-sex based capitation rates in the Family Health Organization and Family Health Network models to be adjusted to include a new risk-adjustm... Tags: FFS Fee For Service, Capitation
Posted: December 08, 2022 (public)
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November 2022 Chair's Letter  (post)

Dear Colleagues,As we all embrace the flu season along with all the other circulating viruses, I am reaching out to you with a few updates from the SGFP. As a community family physician, I understand the current pressures you are feeling as primary care continues to spiral downwards. Please know ... Posted: December 08, 2022 (public)
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Virtual care update  (post)

The OMA recently reached an agreement with the Ministry of Health on several issues related to unintended consequences from the implementation of the virtual care framework within the current Physician Services Agreement. Tags: Virtual Care, Billing practices, Remote Consultation
Posted: November 04, 2022 (public)
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New weekend access fee code for FHO patients  (post)

Here is an update on the *888 and *007 codes as they relate to FHO weekend coverage. The OMA links will requre you login to the OMA.org site. Tags: Billing practices, FHO
Posted: October 18, 2022 (public)
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Initiate an eConsult to the Ontario eConsult Service directly from your EMR via Ocean  (post)

The Ontario eServices Program and our partners at Ontario Health and Ocean by CognisantMD are excited to announce a new integration which enables clinicians to send eConsults to the Ontario eConsult Service on the OTNhub.ca directly from their integrated EMR via Ocean.  Tags: EMR Ocean, eConsults
Posted: October 22, 2022 (public)
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Changes to Virtual Care on October 1, 2022   (post)

As of October 1, 2022, the permanent virtual  care framework negotiated as part of the 2021 Physician Services Agreement will come into force.   Tags: Virtual Care
Posted: October 21, 2022 (public)
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Dr Cathy Mastrogiacomo contributes her thoughts about the future of health care in Ontario  (post)

As the Ontario Medical Review marks its centenary, this is an appropriate time to explore the future of health care and how Ontario’s doctors are embracing change to address the needs of their patients. We asked representatives from the Ontario Medical Association’s medical sections to describe t... Tags: Future of Healthcare
Posted: October 15, 2022 (public)
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Chair's Letter  (post)

The summer is over, and we are all back to our busy practices. My main goal as your Chair is to have a more member-responsive SGFP. Please read about some exciting SGFP initiatives that your executive has been busy planning.   Regions: Ontario
Posted: October 03, 2022 (public)
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A day in the life of a physician  (post)

Family medicine has been in the news lately, with accounts of a shortage across the country and medical graduates shunning the practice. There are many who think that family medicine is about simple infections, prescription renewals and providing referrals to specialists. Perhaps by sharing the d... Tags: Family Medicine Primary Care
Posted: August 17, 2022 (public)
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