The Family Practice Incentive Program encourages coordinated, longitudinal care by supporting and providing guideline-informed care in such areas as chronic disease management, maternity care, mental health, and care for the frail and elderly.
Chronic Disease Management (CDM) supports GPs to not only identify chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and congestive heart failure but also to develop a care plan and work with flow sheets and registries to manage patient care.
The complex care incentives compensates FPs for the time and skill needed to work with patients with two or more of the qualifying chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes and ischemic heart disease), to develop a care plan, and liaise with the patient.
These fees support collaboration between participating community family physicians and other health care professionals.
The maternity care network helps family physicians form “shared care networks” to share the responsibilities of providing continuous obstetrical coverage and full-scope maternity care through links with midwives, specialists, and other GPs.
The Mental Health fees support and compensate FPs for the time and skill it takes to work with patients with mental health illnesses. Physicians develop care plans in collaboration with the patient and his or her support network and, where needed, become an active member of a broader care team in order to help those patients remain safely in their community.
The palliative care incentives support family physicians in planning and coordination of end-of-life care for patients, ensuring the best possible quality of life for dying patients and their families.