To protect our universally accessible, publicly funded health care system, we need to take meaningful action to improve key components of our system.
A new physician compensation agreement with the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is needed.
As part of the consultations, the Government of Alberta has made 11 proposals to the AMA to help build a stronger and more sustainable health system while managing physician spending growth.
Proposal 2: Comprehensive annual care plans
The billing code for Comprehensive Annual Care Plans is redundant because physicians can bill for a Comprehensive Annual Visit, which includes providing advice to the patient on how to manage their complex conditions.
The aim of these Comprehensive Annual Care Plans was to ensure that patients with multiple conditions such as diabetes and obesity could agree to a joint plan with their physician to manage and understand their complex medical conditions.
However, recent research from the University of Alberta indicates that the Comprehensive Annual Care Plan program has had little impact on health care use and outcomes for individual patients.