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PRACTICE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

1.a Protocol

Purpose:

The Practice Enhancement Program is an educational program designed to offer

the physicians of Saskatchewan a report of the health of their practices through

a practice-based assessment process and to encourage continual improvement of

physicians’ clinical skills and office practices in order to provide high quality patient

care to Saskatchewan residents.

Funding:

The Practice Enhancement Program is supported through equal funding annually

from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan

Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Medical Association and is accountable

to each organization for providing annual aggregate statistical information on

assessments completed and financial program expenditure.

Organization:

The Practice Enhancement Program is administered by a committee of 6

Saskatchewan physicians appointed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons

of Saskatchewan, three of whom are nominated by the Saskatchewan Medical

Association. The committee is Co-chaired by a nominee from the College of

Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and a nominee from Saskatchewan

Medical Association.

The PEP committee functions independently of the organizations represented.

Information obtained in the process of an office assessment remains the property of

the Practice Enhancement Program and cannot to be used by any committee of the

funding organizations for any disciplinary purpose.

The program is based on the assumption that an experienced physician can

review another physician’s office facilities, procedures and medical records and,

in combination with feedback from patients of that physician, come to a valid

determination of the quality of care being provided by that physician. The

committee meets regularly to review information gathered by the assessors and to

make the final decision on the quality of care provided by each physician. This will

enable unbiased and objective categorization of quality of care.

The tracking of aggregate information will be maintained by the Practice

Enhancement Program Office. Information will be reported to the three supporting

organizations as follows:

minutes of committee business meetings

annual non-nominal statistics of program activity

quarterly and year end fiscal reporting