OCFP eNews: February 2019
Health System Changes Need Family Doctors
A message from OCFP President Dr. Jennifer Young

In her latest President's Message, Dr. Jennifer Young shares her thoughts on the anticipated health system changes and why it is essential that family physicians play a pivotal role in the development of any model of care that contemplates integration as a key principle.

Follow Dr. Young on Twitter @OCFP_President
New Contract for Ontario Doctors
Includes new working groups to address pressing issues

Following the conclusion of the first phase of the arbitration process between the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), the award has been rendered by the Board of Arbitration. Along with mandated annual fee increases for doctors, no changes to any Patient Enrollment Models including FHOs, and other provisions, the new contract also sets up working groups to tackle some of the known issues - notably access in primary care, and inappropriate/overused medical services.

Read more, including the implications of this new agreement for family doctors, below:
Advocating for a National Licensing Standard and Fees

With the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada exploring the possibility of national licensure, the OCFP has reached out to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) – a participant at that table – offering our support in advancing this important issue.
The benefits of harmonizing medical licensing are clear. In addition to reducing onerous paperwork and costly fees, easing inter-provincial mobility through a national license can support locums in under-serviced areas, doctors seeking coverage for a temporary absence, doctors assuming the practice of a retiring physician, and create a larger pool for recruitment by smaller communities. As well, a physician who is censured in one jurisdiction could not move to another and practice, contributing to patient safety.
We look forward to working with the CPSO and other stakeholders to advance this important issue, and will continue to monitor and report any progress.
CPD Event: Leadership in Primary Care - March 25, 2019
'Connected Leadership for Greater Competence, Confidence and Capacity'
Leadership in primary care is critical - both for individual practices and in larger health system transformation.

On March 25, 2019 the OCFP will host its inaugural conference for the Leadership in Primary Care Collaborative Mentoring Network in Toronto at the OHA Learning Centre. The theme is 'connected leadership for greater competence, confidence and capacity'.

Join us for this one-day CPD event focused on leadership in family medicine, featuring local and international health system leaders such as Dr. Rueben Devlin (Chair & Special Advisor of the Premier's Council on Improving Healthcare & Ending Hallway Medicine); Dr. Robert Varnam (Head of General Practice Development at NHS England); and Dr. Elizabeth Muggah (Assistant Professor, Director of Quality Improvement, Department of Family Medicine Bruyere Academic FHT), among others. This event is open to all mentors/mentees enrolled in the Leadership in Primary Care Network, and family physicians interested in learning more about leadership in primary care or the value of mentorship in leading change.

Cant make it in person? The day's morning sessions will be webcast live from the OHA Learning Centre.

Want to attend AND interested in joining the Leadership in Primary Care Network? Complete the Mentee Intake Survey and receive a registration discount code.

Space is limited, register now to avoid missing out!
Help Us Celebrate Family Medicine
Nominate a colleague today

Know a great family doctor who exemplifies the best of family medicine? Consider nominating them for an OCFP Award, celebrating family medicine and the vital contributions that Ontario’s family doctors make with their patients, communities and our healthcare system.
Our Awards program has some changes for 2019 and the categories are being redesigned and refreshed for 2020 to better reflect the diversity of family medicine today. Click here to read about the changes.

Nominations are being accepted until April 8, 2019 .
Visit the 2019 OCFP Awards portal to learn more or submit a nomination.
New Venue, More Exhibitors and Exciting Opportunities For Learning and Networking

Mark your calendar - you don’t want to miss the OCFP’s 57th Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA) - Nov. 28-30, 2019 in Toronto.

Attend ASA and connect with your colleagues from across the province in a variety of high-quality, peer-reviewed and certified learning sessions. Attracting more than 1,000 delegates, ASA also features a pharma-free exhibit hall, plus opportunities to learn the latest in clinical research, family-centred care and system innovation, all while improving your clinical practice skills. 

Learn more about Ontario's premier family medicine conference. 
Academic Detailing Service
Balanced, evidence-based information tailored to your clinical learning needs

Family physicians are invited to participate in brief 30-minute educational visits with an academic detailer to discuss balanced, evidence-based clinical information tailored to their learning needs and questions.
Visits are now available on the following topics:
  • Non-pharmacological and non-opioid options for managing patients living with chronic non-cancer pain
  • Managing opioid therapy for patients living with chronic non-cancer pain
  • Managing care for patients living with opioid use disorder
  • Managing benzodiazepines use in older adults (coming June 2019)
This Mainpro+ accredited service is offered free of charge by the Centre for Effective Practice.
Improving Timely Access to Specialist Advice
eConsult service expands across Ontario 

The eConsult Program connects family doctors and nurse practitioners to specialists, providing the opportunity to inform clinical decision-making without sending the patient to see the specialist in person. Supported by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), the program has now expanded across the province.

This private and secure web portal allows providers to ask specialists clinical questions about patients, receiving timely and secure advice from 78 disciplines, including: addiction medicine, genetics, chronic pain, transgender care, cardiology, rheumatology, and neurology.

The Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) Report Card Released
An update on the CFPC's vision for the future of family medicine

In partnership with its 10 provincial Chapters, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has released  The Patient’s Medical Home—Provincial Report Card 2019 , summarizing the development progress of the 10 pillars that make up the foundation of the Patient’s Medical Home (PMH).

The report provides an overview of where each province stands ahead of the CFPC’s launch of the updated PMH vision in the coming months.

Since its launch in 2011, all provinces have shown progress in further embedding PMH features in primary care - team-based, patient-centred, continuous, comprehensive, and accessible - but there is always opportunity to do more.

Upcoming CPD Programs
Scarborough – Mar. 22, 2019
Kingston – Mar. 30, 2019
Tools for Practice Clinical Question #227:   Does the addition of antibiotics to incision and drainage improve cure rates in single, uncomplicated skin abscesses?

Be sure to check the updated OCFP Bulletin Board  regularly for new resources, opportunities and professional development events for family physicians. Get the latest updates including:

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