December 2022
From the Primary Care Alliance
Note: Primary Care News is being published early due to the holiday period.

2022 has been a year of many interesting developments with a renewed focus on the importance of primary care and its reform. The Primary Care Alliance thanks you for your firm commitment and your continued efforts to drive change and improve patient care in Alberta.

On behalf of the PCA, Alberta Medical Association and the editorial contributors to this newsletter, we wish you and your family all the best for a safe, peaceful holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year in 2023!

ACFP's Future of Family Medicine: A strategic vision

The future is now, it’s time to shape it. Learn more about the ACFP’s 2023 plans and beyond.

Watch the video at the link below. 

FAST referrals are coming to eReferral in January 2023

Starting January 19, 2023, referrals sent into FAST (Facilitated Access to Specialized Treatment) across the province will be visible in Alberta Netcare for authorized users. Currently, this includes referrals for Urology and Orthopedics. In Edmonton, all existing FAST referral specialties will also be visible starting January 27, 2023.
Privacy training tailored to clinic staff
AMA’s privacy training has helped Corry, an office manager from a central Alberta family medical clinic, to ensure everyone in her clinic is maintaining privacy and confidentiality that is required by the Health Information Act.  Developed by privacy experts and Alberta Health, all Alberta community physicians, privacy officers and clinic staff are invited to enrol in privacy training at no cost. 
ACFP Family Medicine Summit  - March 3-5, 2023

Summit is back in Banff this year - connect, learn, and celebrate with your peers in the majestic Rockies.
Early bird gets the worm - Use promo code PCA223 before 11:59 p.m. MT, December 31st for $50.00 off your in-person Summit experience!
Register at the link below. 

Please note, this discount is not applicable to learner rates and promotion codes cannot be combined. Other restrictions may also apply. 
ACTT’s Opioid Process Improvements Training is now available to take online through Learn@AMA
Tackling the opioid crisis in Alberta will require new approaches and an immediate response of the entire health system to change its trajectory. The engagement and response of primary care physicians, teams and Primary Care Networks (PCNs) will be essential in defining new primary health care approaches to address the crisis and the systemic issues that contribute to the crisis. This curriculum provides examples of evidence-based quality improvement actions that primary care teams can take to help optimize processes for paneled patients who use opioids. 
This training targets primary care physicians, clinical team members and practice facilitators. 
This one-credit per-hour Assessment program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Alberta Chapter for up to 4.0 Mainpro+® credits.
Learners require a Learn@AMA account to access this curriculum. For more information and to register, visit the
Opioid Process Improvement Training web page
Transitions in Care PIN: A provincial forum for local work
If you’re working to improve transitions in care, the Transitions in Care Provincial Implementation Network (PIN) is a good resource. Launching in early 2023, this sub-committee of the Inter-Zone Implementation Coordination Committee (I-ZICC) is a silo-free zone where healthcare professionals from across the province can work collaboratively to improve transitions in care. The PIN will help healthcare professionals implement recommendations in the Homes to Hospital to Home Transitions Guideline
What can the PIN do for you?
Look to the PIN if you want to brainstorm solutions, tailor localized plans, or learn from colleagues about what’s working and what’s not. You can share ideas, find resources, leverage IT systems, and much more.  
Pinning down the PIN: built with partner feedback
On December 1, the
Home to Hospital to Home Transitions Guideline team and the Alberta Medical Association’s Accelerating Change Transformation Team hosted two engagement workshops with about 150 participants from primary and acute care. Attendees gave the PIN their vote of confidence and offered feedback, including:
  • The PIN may create equitable representation of stakeholders
  • Challenges include limited capacity and varying definitions of success
  • Organizers should ensure all voices are heard and acknowledge localized differences
  • Organizers should remember that new processes can bring administrative burdens
The PIN team are grateful for this feedback, and will ensure it informs the work of PIN team members.
Staying in touch
More information on the PIN is coming in the new year. If you have any questions, please contact
New clinical pathways for shoulder, soft tissue knee, and spine (low back) conditions
The Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, in alignment with the Alberta Surgical Initiative and in partnership with clinicians from across the continuums of care in Alberta, have employed a co-design methodology to develop new, evidence-based Musculoskeletal Clinical Pathways.
These pathways can help guide clinicians with assessment, patient management, investigations and referrals.

View the Pathways.

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