Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) announced mid-October 2016 that the province’s physicians have ratified amendments to a medical services contract running through 2018. The new deal includes commitments to better distribution of physician services, new models for patient attachment and medical services compensation reform. Of importance to the work of the CMIO, the agreement includes provision for a new “Appropriateness and Evidence-based Initiatives Committee” which will advise about opportunities for healthcare improvement. Establishment of a province-wide best guidance viewer, a Clinical Information System Content Repository (for clinical decision supports) and building eHealth literacy are timely and compatible AHS efforts.
Agreement backgrounder: li.ahs-cmio.ca/ama2016