7. Full Office Assessment
– a physician assessor visits the office and assesses the physical
facility, staff and equipment.
review – The assessor reviews at least 20 patient charts, using a
predetermined format to assess medical chart content and quality of care.
– immediately after the office visit, the assessor
meets with the physician being assessed and reviews the results of the
assessment. The assessor also presents the results of an annual profile,
received from the Medical Services Branch of the Saskatchewan Ministry
of Health, so that the assessed physician can see a description of the
demographics of his/her practice as well as to see how his/her practice
profile compares to their peer group. This annual MSB profile is provided on
this informational basis alone. PEP does not receive or review any financial
information from Saskatchewan Health. During the interview, the assessor
may point out areas of strength in the practice and also areas for possible
8. Final Report
– the assessor’s report is submitted to the PEP committee
which determines the final category for the assessed physician. The
Final Report is then sent to the assessed physician. In many cases,
recommendations for improvement are made but no follow-up review is
needed. In some cases, PEP makes recommendations for improvement and
arranges to review the practice again. This may take the form of a follow-up
letter to ensure that critical deficiencies have been corrected or may require
another office visit. A very small number of practices (in other jurisdictions,
1% or less) may be found very deficient or dangerous to patients. In these
cases, PEP does not pursue the assessment further and is required to report
to The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.
9. Post-assessment Questionnaire
– sent to the assessed physician
with the Final Report as an invitation to provide feedback to PEP on the
assessment process and its value.
10. Survey of Assessee Feedback
– sent to assessed physicians six months
after their final reporting package has been received to determine the value
and measure any impact and/or patterns of practice change resulting from
their PEP assessment.