June Messenger 2018

Melissa Campbell CPSA

TPP Alberta secure forms now in circulation

Please use up old stock before reordering

We shared a preview of TPP Alberta’s redesigned form in the May issue of Messenger and the secure forms are now in circulation. Pad users will notice a number of improvements:

  • Enhanced security features, including temperature-sensitive ink in the top bar (fades when heated) and micro-text above the "Pharmacy use only" section.
  • A new section (“Indication for Therapy”), to support and facilitate collaborative, patient-centered care.
  • Increased support for data quality. TPP Alberta relies on PIN data. To support better data quality, prescriber registration numbers will replace the TPP prescriber ID.
  • An updated medication list of Type 1, Type 2 and veterinary-monitored medications.
  • A revised order form that is easier to use.
  • Updated Tips for Prescribers and Dispensers, to support TPP Alberta best practices and data quality.

Using the TPP pad correctly is critical to the program’s success and your patients’ safety. Find out how to use the new form. Additional resources are also available on the TPP Alberta web page.

Your feedback is important!

Within a month of ordering a new pad, you’ll receive a survey link asking your thoughts about the revised form. In the meantime, if you have any immediate questions or concerns, please email Fizza Gilani, Program Manager of Prescribing & Analytics, at fizza.gilani@cpsa.ab.ca.

Last chance to join us on the links!

Registration for the 91st Annual North/South Doctors’ Golf Tournament closes on June 20. Last year, we raised over $69,000 for medical student bursaries. Help us do it again in 2018!

Monday, June 25, 2018
NEW start time! 9 a.m. shotgun start
Red Deer Golf & Country Club


For a registration fee of $275, you get:

  • A round of golf on a renowned course
  • Use of a golf cart, the driving range and practice facilities
  • A continental breakfast and a BBQ lunch
  • Souvenirs and the chance to win some great prizes
  • The opportunity to support Alberta’s next generation of physicians

Can’t make it out this year? Consider making a donation to medical student bursaries.

This stroke-play tournament, co-hosted by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, the Alberta Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Foundation, raises funds for medical student bursaries.

Physicians required to report privacy breaches or face fines

New Health Information Act (HIA) requirements come into effect Aug. 31

Alberta physicians will soon have to notify patients and others when health information has been subject to a privacy breach. Starting Aug. 31, 2018, for any breach that risks harm to the individual, physicians will have to notify the following:

  • Individual affected by the privacy breach
  • Information and Privacy Commissioner
  • Minister of Health

The new rules will apply to all health custodians, including Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health and Covenant Health. Physicians employed by these organizations should follow their employers’ internal reporting policies and procedures.

Physicians who do not report a privacy breach or do not put in place appropriate administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect health information, could face fines up to $50,000.

Since 2016, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta (OIPC) has received more than 460 voluntary breach reports involving health information. Making reporting mandatory will align Alberta with the majority of Canadian provinces and territories.

For more information, see the OIPC website, the Statutes Amendment Act and the HIA Amendment Regulation.

Just caring is not enough

An emergency room physician shares his journey to rediscovering meaning at work through a structured approach to empathetic patient care.