FPRP launches a new program: MyPractice – The Business Side of Family Medicine
If you are looking to start a new family medicine practice, move to a different practice, or transition into retirement, MyPractice is a training and support program that can help.
Developed by the Family Practice Renewal Program (FPRP) and Memorial University’s Office of Professional and Educational Development (OPED) (Faculty of Medicine), in partnership with a team of eight family physicians from across the province,MyPractice is an education and support program that will help reduce some of the unknowns about the business side of Family Medicine. This comprehensive program includes topics ranging from business planning, types of practice arrangements, professional obligations, setting up office space, managing your practice, employee management and technology in practice.
Participants also have the flexibility to learn what they want, when they want and how they want through a blended learning approach of directed online learning modules, local live boot camp workshops and a Mentor Matching service. We are proud of this partnership and pleased that Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine has endorsed this program. Please click here for a message from Dr. Margaret Steele (Dean of Medicine), Dr. Andrew Hunt (Assistant Dean, Distributed Medical Education) and Dr. Danielle O’Keefe (Chair, Discipline of Family Medicine).
The program is open to all family physicians regardless of payment model, new graduates transitioning to practice, and out-of-province family doctors looking to establish a practice in Newfoundland and Labrador. Among those that can benefit from this learning opportunity are recent graduates of the Family Medicine residency program who choose to stay in this province.
Please view our brochure for a snapshot of the program or visit our website to learn more. FPRP will also be hosting information sessions in early 2022 to highlight key features of the program. Stay tuned for details.
In the video below, Dr. Annabeth Loveys talks about how MyPractice can be a valuable program for those making practice transitions.
Family physicians play a central role in the delivery of personal, comprehensive primary health care. As a frontline service, family practice includes diagnosis and treatment, management of chronic conditions, disease prevention, health promotion, emergency care, teaching, and advocacy on behalf of patients. May 19, 2021 is World Family Doctor Day and this year’s theme is Building the Future with Family Doctors. The Family Practice Renewal Program, in partnership with our Family Practice Networks, would like to thank family doctors in Newfoundland and Labrador for their contribution to the health care system and their commitment to leadership and innovation in family practice. Click the graphic for a spotlight on the exemplary work of NL family physicians this past year. Learn more at familypracticerenewalnl.ca.
The mission of the Family Practice Renewal Program (FPRP) is to transform family practice for better health. In keeping with this mission, and in partnership with TELUS Health, the FPRP offered a time-limited opportunity to subscribe to the Health Myself Patient Portal and TELUS EMR Virtual Visit for free for 18 months, including setup charges.
This offer expired on December 31, 2020.
What is the Health Myself Patient Portal?
Health Myself is an application fully integrated into the Med Access EMR (though it is not a TELUS product). The Health Myself Patient Portal allows users to communicate securely with individual patients, allows online appointment bookings, sends automated reminders, and emails broadcast notifications such as COVID-19 updates and clinic information to entire patient groups. Click the link for more information about the features of Health Myself.
What is TELUS EMR Virtual Visit?
TELS EMR Virtual Visit allows users to easily book virtual appointments, initiate encounters, conduct video visits, access patient information and document visit notes, all in your EMR. TELUS EMR Virtual Visit enables a seamless workflow and minimizes task redundancy. Watch demo.
What happens at the end of the 18-month free subscription period?
If you took advantage of this offer, at the end of the free subscription period, you will have the option of continuing to use the products or opt out. If choosing to keep these products, the associated costs will be transferred to you by FPRP.
Will these offers still be available if the Virtual Care Fee Code is no longer covered by MCP?
FPRP will only pay the costs associated with TELUS EMR Virtual Visit while direct patient care provided by family physicians over patient videoconferencing continues to be an insured service under the MCP Medical Payment Schedule in Newfoundland and Labrador. If this service ceases to be an insured service, FPRP will discontinue payment for TELUS EMR Virtual Visit.
Does this offer cover any additional options or features associated with these products or offered by TELUS Health?
FPRP will not pay for additional, optional features associated with Health Myself, but you may choose to purchase these from TELUS.
What does this offer have to do with eDOCSNL?
While eDOCSNL can provide assistance with clinical workflow issues in the EMR, questions regarding the specifics of this initiative should be directed to TELUS or the FPRP, as outlined in this notice. The financials are also arranged by FPRP and do not relate to the eDOCSNL program. Following expiry of the 18-month free subscription period, physicians will be responsible for paying the cost and will be invoiced directly by TELUS.
Who do I contact for product support?
Physicians will contact TELUS directly for product support @ 1-888-781-5553, ext. 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While eDOCSNL Practice Advisors will always be available to you for clinical workflow support, they are not trained specifically in the use of Health Myself or Virtual Visit, as these are not part of the core product offering.
FPRP will not provide technical support or other assistance for TELUS products.
Family Practice Renewal Program
The Family Practice Renewal Program was pleased to offer this opportunity to family physicians and to the patient community. If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact Jean Cook, Fund Manager, FPRP JCook@nlma.nl.ca.
Thank you to our family physician community for your leadership and commitment during this evolving pandemic situation. The following is a brief notice regarding COVID-19 communications.
Given the critical importance of consistent messaging, FPRP and FPN communications will not be specific to COVID-19. Physicians are advised to rely on NLMA newsletters and the NLMA website for updates and current information. COVID-19 updates and advisories from Regional Health Authorities will also be typically distributed via the NLMA, given that not all family physicians are members of Family Practice Networks.
Questions and concerns related to COVID-19 can be directed to Jonathan Carpenter, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, NLMA (email@example.com) or reach out to your FPN for assistance in directing your question. FPN Chairs and Executive Directors participate in a weekly meeting with the NLMA and FPRP, where issues and questions can be brought forward.
FPRP is developing a brief newsletter for distribution over the next few days, including an update on timing and process related to financial support grants for EMR users enrolled in eDOCSNL. This is a priority. Please stay tuned.
All the best to you and your families during this difficult time.