Issue 280| January 2020
A Message from Your Council
From CPSA Council President Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti.
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Our condolences
 Alberta physician passes away from COVID-19.
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A Message from the Registrar
Supporting our public health system.
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Investing back into the profession 
Building fund survey coming soon!
CPSA 2021 budget
A breakdown of your annual fees.
Physician Assistants 
General information and FAQs.
Six updated standards now in effect
Please review the updated standards.
MyHealth Records
Lab results online for patients. 
Optimized Prescribing with Seniors
Involving the family caregiver in optimized prescribing.
Reminder: Please update your COVID-19 Physician Registry status 
CPSA would like to remind all physicians to please update your COVID-19 Physician Registry status, if it changes, by visiting the Physician Portal. Responses will be shared with AHS and your participation is crucial to manage the COVID-19 response in the second wave.

Questions? Please see our FAQs or email COVID.registry@cpsa.ab.ca.
Alberta Sleep Medicine Diagnostic Facilities must be accredited by Jan. 1, 2022
In January 2018, CPSA rolled out the Accreditation Standards for Sleep Medicine Diagnostic (SMD) Services. CPSA did not immediately enforce all of the accreditation-related requirements in the Health Professions Act (HPA) because we recognized the impact it would have on access to health services in Alberta. Specifically, the HPA requires physicians to not refer a patient for testing to a facility that is not accredited. Now that SMD facilities have had time to prepare for accreditation, CPSA will begin the process of enforcing this requirement.

CPSA will conduct assessments of SMD facilities throughout 2021. Our goal is to have all SMD facilities operating in Alberta accredited by Jan. 1, 2022. At that point, Alberta physicians may no longer refer their patients to unaccredited SMD facilities.

Questions? Email sleep.medicine@cpsa.ab.ca or call 780-969-4938.
Committee opportunities: get more involved with CPSA
CPSA is guided and advised by a number of professional experts and committees made up of physicians, healthcare partners and Albertans. Getting involved with CPSA committees is a great way to make a positive impact on health care in Alberta, while also developing skills in governance and leadership. 

We have six opportunities on CPSA Accreditation Advisory Committees. Learn more and apply today.
Have your staff take part in a one-day medical office chaperone course
Having a trained medical office chaperone in your practice can help comfort and reassure patients. Please consider this opportunity to help educate your staff.

Course date: Feb. 19, 2021.
Format: In-person, small group setting.
Details: Offered by MacEwan University in association with CPSA. During this this one-day, interactive workshop, participants will learn how to provide chaperone support to patients and physicians, what constitutes a proper versus improper intimate examination and how to observe and document interactions correctly.

Learn more and register today. Space is limited.
From the Canadian Medical Protection Association (CMPA)
Some Alberta physicians have questions about their eligibility for CMPA assistance if they are working outside of their scope of practice as a result of COVID-19.

CMPA’s COVID-19 Hub addresses this issue (see Medical-legal risks, scope of work and CMPA assistance) as well as other key topics such as scarcity of resources, ethical decisions and virtual care.

Questions? Contact the CMPA at 1-800-267-6522.
From Alberta Health Services – The new Home to Hospital to Home Transitions Guideline
Alberta's first Home to Hospital to Home Transitions Guideline is now available! This provincial guideline impacts how providers in acute, primary and community care support Albertans to safely transition from their home, to hospital and then back to their community.

Learn more about the guideline.
From Alberta Health – Recruitment opportunity extension
Alberta Health is seeking physicians and Albertans with expertise in pharmacy, health research and epidemiology-related fields to serve on the Expert Committee on Drug Evaluation and Therapeutics. The committee is an advisory agency that provides advice to the Minister of Health regarding the Alberta Drug Benefit List. It is a unique opportunity to make potentially lifesaving updates to the Alberta Drug Benefit List and improve Albertan’s access to modern medicine. 

Please apply by Feb. 7 using either the physician member posting or the member posting
From Hockey Edmonton: Alumni opportunity for CPSA members
Hockey Edmonton is interested in profiling an alumni who now works as a physician. The story will feature individuals who grew up in Edmonton, learned valuable skills playing hockey and transformed those skills to become great teammates at work, in the community and at home.
 
Interested? Contact Steve Hogle at steve.hogle@hockeyedmonton.ca
From the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit – “Be the Cure: Search for a Study”
Be the Cure is a public resource with up-to-date information on clinical health research studies happening in Alberta. The search results provide information on active studies, eligibility criteria and who to contact to get involved.
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