A Family Practice Network, or FPN, provides a mechanism through which a physician group can address common practice and patient needs, have a collective voice on issues facing family practice, and address local population health needs, in coordination with the Regional Health Authority (RHA). The FPN structure is a physician-led, non-profit organization.
Yes, through agreeing to program eligibility criteria, and through indicating your interest, you can take advantage of individual or collective program areas.
Yes, salaried family physicians can participate within local Family Practice Networks, if identified and in development in your area, and we do encourage participation to facilitate increased collaboration with your physician colleagues and other providers. In addition, salaried physicians can take advantage of the Practice Improvement Program offerings.
The Family Practice Network may have physicians or link with physicians who provide in-patient care. However, hospital privileges will not be a requirement.
You see FPNs as providing opportunities for:
Family Practice Network development will require time from physicians interested in taking a lead role. However, Family Practice Renewal Program staff will provide you with direct and on-the-ground training and support. The time requirement depends on your local physician group and how you decide to move this forward. You may decide to have a planning meeting every month, bi-weekly, weekly. It will depend on what is realistic and what works for your group.
Family Practice Networks will work with their local regional health authorities to address common health care goals and gaps in local communities, with the goal to contribute to improved population health outcomes. For example, the program may contribute to:
The current allocated budget for Family Practice Renewal Program is $4.5 million.
The Fee Code Program will compensate physicians for collaborative, team-based care as well as activities such as conferencing with other professionals regarding a patient’s care or providing care to a patient by telephone, which are not currently paid for by the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Care Plan. Future codes may also address compensation for improved management of patients with chronic diseases.
A Collaborative Services Committee, is a joint committee of Family Practice Network physicians and the Regional Health Authorities to collaboratively assess and respond to the needs of the local patient community. Through the Family Practice Network, physicians will have a collective voice in working with the Regional Health Authorities, and the Regional Health Authorities, for the first time, will have a formal means to connect with a large group of community physicians.