PRACTICE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
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.
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.
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
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