Volume 5 | No. 5 | September / October 2017

Registrar's message—registrants who are not current for clinical practice may not bill, refer or prescribe

In January of each year, the College requires registrants to self-report the total number of clinical hours they worked in the previous year on the Annual Licence Renewal Form. Starting November 1, 2017, registrants who are not current for clinical practice may be prevented from billing for clinical services, referring and/or prescribing.

Consultation results on the guideline: Expectations of the Relationship between the Primary Care/Consulting Physician and Consultant Physician

As a response to practice trends and inquiries, and as part of its cyclical review of all standards and guidelines, the College invited feedback from the profession and other key stakeholders on the guideline: Expectations of the Relationship between the Primary Care/Consulting Physician and Consultant Physician. The purpose of this consultation was to identify communication gaps between the referring physician and the consultant physician, and to determine what revisions to the guideline might be necessary to improve current practice.

Physicians must not delay or impede access to medical assistance in dying

Bill C-14, which made medical assistance in dying (MAiD) legal in Canada, was passed on June 17, 2016. Since that time, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, health authorities, regulators and the BC Coroners Service have worked in partnership to ensure medical practitioners, persons assisting in MAiD, patients choosing MAiD, and the public were well protected and informed through provincial regulations and practice standards. Each of the health authorities has an established care coordination service to provide information, and to assist patients seeking MAiD. Physicians have a responsibility to ensure their eligible patients are aware of these services, even if they themselves are conscientious objectors.

Glucometer practices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that the risk for exposure to blood-borne viruses through contaminated blood glucose monitoring equipment is often underappreciated. They further advise that in the last 10 years there have been at least 15 outbreaks of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection associated with blood glucose monitoring in various health-care settings.

Newly established DAP advisory committees

The Diagnostic Accreditation Program has recently formed a number of advisory committees in preparation for the scheduled review of its accreditation standards. Comprised of technologists, physicians, administrators and physicists, the advisory committees provide valuable guidance and support on the development of new standards and revisions to current standards. Additional committees will be formed as subsequent standards come due for review.

The College Connector is sent to every current registrant of the College. Decisions of the College on matters of standards and guidelines are contained in this publication. The College therefore assumes that each registrant is aware of these matters. Questions or comments about this publication should be directed to communications@cpsbc.ca.

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