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August Messenger 2022, Physician Assistants, Physicians | Posted August 11, 2022
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You may be on your way to completing a practice improvement activity—find out how

Many physicians already review their MD Snapshot-Prescribing report, the Primary Healthcare Panel Report from the Health Quality Council of Alberta, or their Alberta Health Services Dashboard Metrics. These objective data sources, to name a few, provide valuable information about your practice and can help you identify areas you might want to improve. By taking a few extra steps, you can also use this information to meet the requirements of a Physician Practice Improvement Program (PPIP) practice-driven quality improvement activity! While reviewing your data:

  • Identify the learning opportunity or practice improvement you would like to address.
  • Decide how you will make those improvements and document your next steps in an action plan.
  • Regularly evaluate your progress for success.
  • Save any documentation related to your improvement activity in case you’re asked to verify your work in the future.

Completing these steps will not only fulfill a PPIP activity, but can also qualify for Mainpro or MOC credits.


Three distinct PPIP activities (practice-driven quality improvement, CPSA Standards of Practice quality improvement and personal development) must be completed at least once every five years. Find out more about these activities—and the tools and support available to help you meet them—by visiting our website. If you have any questions, or want to know how to use work you’re already doing to meet PPIP’s requirements, send us an email at


Claim CME credits & start a PPIP activity with MD Snapshot-Prescribing

Did you know reviewing MD Snapshot-Prescribing qualifies for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits and can be your source of objective data in a Physician Practice Improvement Program (PPIP) activity?

If you have prescribed opioids, benzodiazepine/z-drugs or antibiotics, your most recent prescribing data is now available in the Analytics section of your CPSA Portal. Log in to review your data and access the many supportive prescribing resources we have available. Improvements have been made to address previously-identified concerns—please let us know if you try to access your report and issues persist.

Questions about MD Snapshot-Prescribing? Send an email to

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