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Doctors are invited to attend Doctors of BC’s 2017 Annual General Meeting and Convention on Saturday, June 3 at the Pan Pacific Hotel (300-999 Canada Place, Vancouver).

Onsite registration is available from 6:30 a.m. onward, with... read more

Opioid agonist therapy supports are available through the GPSC and Pharmacare to address pain management and opioid prescribing. These include:

  • GPSC Fee code G14074 – GP Unattached Complex/High Needs Patient Attachment Fee:... read more

Family doctors are working together to help address the growing opioid crisis in BC. Through their local divisions of family practice, doctors are creating and compiling resources on opioid prescribing and alternative pain management... read more

The summary report from the GPSC Fall Summit, which took place November 28-29, 2016, is available online in a new web-based interactive format.

The summary captures learnings from the event. The Summit... read more

Doctors can now access the first series of PSP’s small group learning sessions (SGLS). Practice Improvement: Making Quality Improvement Work for You is a series of short, interactive sessions that introduce doctors to accessible and... read more

Nearly 300 of BC’s primary health care leaders attended a two-day event in Richmond earlier this week for the GPSC’s Summit: Moving Forward Together.

Attendees included physicians and staff from Divisions of Family Practice, and... read more

Small group learning sessions (SGLS) organized by the Practice Support Program (PSP) give doctors the opportunity to discuss, discover, and share learnings in a practical environment. Topics are informed by doctors and divisions at a... read more

With the practise of medicine constantly growing more complex, doctors tackle new challenges by evolving their practices and services to meet the ever-changing and varied needs of their patients.  Over the years, the Practice Support... read more

In a video for the Burnaby Division of Family Practice, GPSC co-chair Dr Shelley Ross discusses what led her to practice general practice and maternity care in Burnaby. The video is one in a series that promote the city to doctors who... read more

To strengthen the interface between divisions and the GPSC, the committee welcomes a group of family doctors to represent the division voice from the five regions across BC.

  • Fraser Health: Dr Ursula Luitingh & Dr Jeff... read more

Doug Hughes has been appointed as the new GPSC’s new Ministry of Health co-chair. Doug is the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance Division. Doug has worked with the provincial government for... read more

Doctors Technology Office (DTO) is seeking physicians to join in a series of upcoming webinars on information management and information technology (IM/IT) related initiatives at the regional and provincial level. To support doctors in... read more

The payment model for PSP's learning modules is changing as of next month. The change affects the timing of payment, not the total amount of funds available. The policy change will apply to learning module cohorts with their first... read more

Dr Nicholas Petropolis of the Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice has been awarded an Above and Beyond Award by the Fraser Health Authority for his work with frail elders and residential care. Dr Petropolis is the recipient of... read more

The year 2015/2016 was an evolutionary one for the PSP as it focussed on innovative ways to improve quality improvement for BC health professionals. At the same time, it delivered a full agenda of existing programs such as learning... read more

This week, the UBC’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the Faculty of Medicine’s School of Population and Public Health (CHSPR) released a research paper that analyzes whether British Columbia’s primary care reform (... read more

Dr Shelley Ross has been recognized as an outstanding physician contributor in BC by Doctors of BC.

The Dr Cam Coady Award commemorates Dr Coady’s great love of medicine and ensures that his goals and objectives to achieve... read more

PSP has partnered with Electronic Medical Records (EMR) vendors to provide physicians with easy-to-use, powerful tools that optimize the value of your EMR by supporting improvements to both patient care and practice operations.

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The GPSC congratulates Dr Bob Burns on his retirement later this month. Dr Burns has served on the GPSC committee for nearly four years as a representative for the Vancouver Island Health Authority. The committee thanks Dr Burns... read more

Congratulations to Dr Fiona Duncan for being recognized as a family physician promoting positive change for patients, the health care system, and the profession in the Doctors of BC 2016 Annual Report.

Dr Duncan is representing... read more

In February, physicians and health care providers gathered for the first-ever Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs) Showcase. The event was part of the annual BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Forum.

A number of local... read more

Last summer and early fall, the GPSC invited family doctors in BC to speak up about how they want to practice and care for their patients in the future. More than 30% of family doctors participated in our province-wide engagement... read more

The Doctors Technology Office (DTO) supports BC physicians with their in-practice technology needs. Physicians can receive advocacy support and guidance around use of technology in their practices, with a primary focus on Electronic... read more

Supporting family physicians in providing maternity care services to women in their communities has been a GP Services Committee (GPSC) priority since the committee’s inception. Over the years, the GPSC has supported family physicians... read more

Wendy Hansson is the GPSC’s new Ministry of Health co-chair. The Senior Strategic Advisor for the Primary Care Access Branch with a strong track record as a strategic thought leader and... read more

Doctors can now contact the Doctors Technology Office (DTO) for centralized technical support including support for complex IT technical issues such as:

Timely resolutions of clinic issues that affect EMR /network operations.... read more

Due to staffing changes, as of November 30, 2015, physicians with GPSC billing enquiries should contact GPSC Billing or Health Insurance BC at 604 456 6950 (Vancouver) or 866 456 6950 (rest of BC).

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A new, centralized toolkit has been developed to support divisions and other stakeholders in their physician recruitment and retention efforts.  Created by the Divisions of Family Practice Recruitment and Retention Steering Committee,... read more

Between July and September 30, 2015, hundreds of GPs from across BC shared their ideas about the future of primary care as part of the GPSC’s visioning engagement process.

What’s next?  The GPSC’s Visioning Steering Committee (... read more

More and more doctors are taking on leadership roles in their practices and communities. Since 2011, the GPSC has been supporting these efforts by offering the Leadership and Management Development Program (LMDP), through the Simon... read more

At the end of July, the GPSC sent out updated information about the GPSC fee codes. In particular, there were some changes to the documentation requirements for billing these fees. For example, you must now record and submit start and... read more

Small group learning sessions are now available through the Practice Support Program. This reflective innovative learning model engages doctors in locally and clinically relevant topics as identified by their division of family practice... read more

The GPSC is making key changes to its incentive fee codes, including some of the codes for A GP for Me.

These adjustments seek to bring clarity, alignment, and coordination to the GPSC incentives.  These developments support... read more

Primary care is changing and from now through September, all BC family doctors will have an opportunity to share their ideas about how they want to practice and care for their patients in the future.

The General Practice Services... read more

Sometimes you have to look back in order to realize how far you have come. A recent message received (below) from Dr Keith Phillips highlights the value of the Practice Support Program (PSP).  As the GP champion of the PSP Pain... read more

The GPSC recognizes the pressure on divisional infrastructure and A GP for Me budgets due to the 5.8% increase in sessional fees made effective April 1, 2015. At its April meeting, the committee agreed to provide divisions an increase... read more

BC physicians have one of the highest EMR adoption rates in the country. Ninety-four percent (3,542) of full-service family practice GPs are on an EMR and and 100% of those in large clinics (six or more physicians) are now practicing... read more

On April 1st, the Practice Support Program (PSP) will start to implement changes to its evolving service delivery model.

After much collaboration with Divisions of Family Practice and health authority Regional Support Team (RST)... read more

As the GPSC begins to plan for its priorities for the next three years and beyond, the GPSC wants to engage family doctors every step of the visioning process.

To begin the work, the GPSC is convening a visioning steering... read more

The Practice Support Program (PSP) is excited to share an update on its evolving service delivery model.

PSP originally launched in 2007 with a goal of providing module support to physicians and, over the years, PSP has... read more

The GPSC is delighted to welcome Dr Fiona Duncan as a Doctors of BC representative to the Committee. Dr Duncan has been very involved in the A GP For Me Working Group, and now co-chairs that working group.

Active as the Vice... read more

The GPSC is pleased to introduce a new fee code, 14019, that supports collaboration between family physicians and nurse practitioners (NPs).

Guided by physician voices, the GPSC is pleased to introduce a new fee code, 14019, that... read more

On November 14, 2014, Dr Garey Mazowita was elected as the president of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for 2014-15.

Dr Mazowita received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1979 and his... read more

Globe and Mail, Thursday July 3, 2014

A culture change has been quietly transforming health care in the British Columbia, replacing past animosity and rancour between doctors and government with a new climate of co-operation –... read more

EvidenceNetwork.ca By Marcus Hollander and Garey Mazowita

A version of this commentary appeared in the Hill Times, Toronto Star and the Sudbury Star

Recently hundreds of people lined up for hours outside a new medical... read more

In late April 2014, more than 200 participants gathered at the Westin Wall Centre in Richmond, BC in the second of two provincial sessions for the new Practice Support Program (PSP) Pain Management learning module.

Developed... read more

Four new In-patient Care incentives have been successfully rolled-out across BC since their April 1, 2013 introduction, with support from the province’s 33 divisions of family practice.

Network incentives for both assigned and... read more

An article on the Practice Support Program (PSP) Adult Mental Health (AMH) module was published in the summer edition of The Permanente Journal (www.permanentejournal.org), a Kaiser Permanente publication that advances knowledge in... read more

Family and specialist physicians throughout BC now have access to training and resources designed to support the effective coordination of care for patients who are at risk of or living with COPD and heart failure.

Developed... read more