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Establishing and Terminating the Physician-Patient Relationship, Responsibility for Medical Practice and Restricted Activities

About the consultation

Establishing… and Terminating the Physician-Patient Relationship

The Establishing the Physician-Patient Relationship and Terminating the Physician-Patient Relationship (proposed name change: Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship) standards were last reviewed in 2015 and 2014, respectively. Additional guidance will assist regulated members in meeting expectations regarding accepting new patients, respecting protected grounds (i.e. race, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender identity, etc.) and reducing patient panel size in a fair manner.

Responsibility for Medical Practice

As of November 2022, the Medical Facility Accreditation Committee (MFAC) is no longer offering modality approvals or individual privileging of physicians in non-hospital surgical facilities. Medical Directors of accredited facilities are now responsible for ensuring all CPSA-regulated members have the necessary qualifications to provide care in their facilities. Amendments to the Responsibility for a Medical Practice standard are needed to incorporate this responsibility.

Restricted Activities

Since it went into effect in March 2023, CPSA received feedback that clause 7(b) of the current Restricted Activities standard is limiting the provision of medical care in certain settings. The intent of the clause was to ensure CPSA-regulated members were not able to compel other health professionals into performing activities that would put them in contravention of their own regulator. As the Restricted Activities standard recently went through the consultation process, only the newly-added clauses are being reviewed at this time. Feedback outside of these clauses will be retained for the next time the standard is under review.

Your opinion matters

Your feedback is important to us as it helps us develop clear, reasonable expectations and helpful, applicable resources. We appreciate the time you took and the input you provided.

CPSA regulated members, partner organizations, other healthcare professionals and Albertans were invited to provide feedback from June 5 to July 5, 2023.

Anonymized feedback will be considered by Council at their September 2023 meeting. Once amendments are finalized and approved by Council, members will be notified by email and The Messenger newsletter.

We respect your privacy

All feedback is subject to CPSA’s Privacy Statement. CPSA reviews all comments before publication to ensure there is no offensive language, personal attacks or unsubstantiated allegations.

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