Amendments to Boundary Violations and Responsibility for a Medical Practice approved

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Are You Up to Standard?, CPSA, Messenger

After an extensive consultation process, Council approved amendments last month to two standards of practice: Boundary Violations and Responsibility for a Medical Practice. Council also moved to rescind the Practice in Association standard after incorporating relevant clauses into the latter. The amendments will take effect on July 1, 2018. Your feedback made a difference We sent the draft amendments out for formal consultation in …

eReferral not the solution for urgent referrals (Referral Consultation)

Dina Baras Are You Up to Standard?, Messenger

For Alberta Netcare users, eReferral offers a convenient way to track and manage referrals. However, it’s not a solution for urgent referrals.Urgency is determined by the patient’s clinical presentation − if the patient can reasonably be expected to suffer harm without timely (measured in hours to days) review by a consultant or specialist, the referral is urgent.When in doubt, pick ...

Minor change to Continuity of Care standard of practice

Dina Baras Are You Up to Standard?, CPSA, Messenger

Responding to feedback, we have updated clause 1(e) of the Continuity of Care standard of practice. This clause enables physicians to make arrangements with a service or clinic as part of their system for ensuring after-hours continuity of care. The change is as follows:“…if using a recorded message to direct patients to a healthcare provider or service such as, but ...

Supervision of Restricted Activities

Dina Baras Are You Up to Standard?, CPSA, Messenger

As the physician with overall responsibility for care and management of your patient, you are responsible for restricted activities performed under your supervision. [i] You must be satisfied that the person performing those activities has the skill to perform them competently. You must also be authorized to perform the activity yourself. See the Standard of Practice on Supervision of Restricted Activities. …