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Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice
Shuswap North Okanagan Flyer Spyer
May 23, 2018


 SEPTEMBER 26, 2018.


  1. Upcoming SNO Events
  2. MAiD Fee Changes
  3. CME Save the Date - Second Annual Residential Care Refresher
  4. CME - Residential Care Initiative - Care of the Elderly Conference
  5. CME - Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program
  6. RxFiles
  7. Divisions in the News

Upcoming SNO Events

1.  Choosing Wisely

Date:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018 (Please note that the original date for this event was June 13 but it had to be changed due to a scheduling conflict.)
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Location:  Prestige Hotel and Conference Centre, Vernon, BC
Presenter:  Dr. Anthony Train, MBChB, CCFP, Family Physician

Click here for printable poster.

Choosing Wisely is a national campaign to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments, and make smart and effective care choices.

In preparation for this event, we are asking for your participation.  Please send us your thoughts on what you see in your office:

  • What is being over-diagnosed?
  • What is being over-treated?
  • What tests are over-ordered?
  • What medications are being over-prescribed?

Submissions will be anonymized and sent to Dr. Train to assist in his preparation.

Send the above, along with your RSVP no later than June 6, 2018, to or fax to 1.778.696.8999

Dinner will be served; sessional time will be paid.  

2.  Save the Date - SNO AGM

CORRECTED DATE:  Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time:  5:30 p.m. (to be confirmed)
Location:  Prestige Hotel and Conference Centre, Vernon

We are delighted to announce that The Debaters Live (Steve Patterson) will be providing the entertainment. This will be a fun evening, so please add it to your calendar now.  This event is open to SNO members and a guest.

More information will be forthcoming closer to the date.

3. Save the Date - Trans Care BC Workshop

Please note that we need a minimum of 20 attendees to host this workshop.  Please email if this is a workshop you would like to attend.

Date:  Friday / Saturday, September 28-29, 2018
Location:  Prestige Hotel and Conference Centre, Vernon, BC

Trans Care BC aims to enhance the coordination of trans health services and supports across the province, bringing gender-affirming care closer to home wherever possible.

Day 1 - Friday afternoon session (4 hours) - Intro to trans terminology and medical care history to present and broaden medical approaches

Day 2 - Saturday (5 hours) - Hormone assessment and initiation and monitoring, surgical care planning and scenario-based activities regarding the complexities of care, community practices and resources available to providers.

More information will be forthcoming closer to the date.

MAiD Fee Changes

Effective May 1 changes have been made to MAiD Fees 13501 , 13502 and 13503 to better support the time required for these assessments.  The maximum number of units payable for each assessment has been increased, and independent consideration will be given for circumstances requiring more time.

Also, effective retroactive to June 1, 2017, the 13504 MAiD Event Preparation and Procedure is amended, and a new fee 13505 Medication Pick-up and Return is introduced.  You will receive an automatic retroactive payment for any 13504 billed since June 1, 2017.  You may also retroactively submit the new 13505 using Submission code A, associated with any 13504 MAiD procedures provided since June 1, 2017, that required pick up and return of medications from an off-site pharmacy.  You must submit these retroactive claims before July 4, 2018.

CME Save the Date - Second Annual Residential Care Refresher

Date:  Oct 19-21, 2018 (Fri-Sun)
Predator Ridge, Vernon BC

Target audience: anyone involved and interested in residential care, family physicians, geriatric psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals, social workers, pharmacists, nurse managers, administrators/management, recreational therapists, occupational therapists

The Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice, Interior Health, and UBC CPD are proud to announce the second year of this popular and long-term residential care focused conference.

This year we will continue to develop an agenda focusing on multidisciplinary care while providing clinically relevant presentations with engaging speakers. We have great suggestions from last year’s conference attendees and to fit it all in we are adding Sunday so it will be a 2.5-day conference!

Upon completion, Salmon Arm SNO member registration fee only will be reimbursed through the Reverted CME funds.

Upon completion, Vernon SNO member registration fee only will be reimbursed with GPSC Residential Care Initiative CME funds. 

For more information, click here.  Email to be notified when registration is open.

CME - Residential Care Initiative - Care of the Elderly Conference

Date:  June 15 - 16, 2018
Location:  Kelowna Yacht Club

This 1.5-day conference offers a unique learning opportunity for practitioners who wish to gain practical skills to take back to their work. Hear from 11 experts on a variety of geriatric topics, become more comfortable dealing with complex issues in older adults and gain assessment skills in the frail elderly. 

Click here for more information and to register.

Conference proceeds will be donated to Central Okanagan care homes to help enhance the quality of life for their residents.

CME - Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program

Date:  September 29, 2018
Location:  JW Marriott Parq, Vancouver

The Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program for Vancouver Prostate Centre will be presenting the upcoming Survivorship Care Post Treatment for Prostate and Breast Cancer 2018 event on September 29 in Vancouver.

This conference is geared to all physicians and allied health providers dealing with survivorship issues of breast and prostate cancer patients after initial diagnosis and treatment.

The purpose of this seminar is to review selected issues of relevance to survivors of breast and prostate cancer and to address how the primary care, family physicians, and allied health providers can help recognize and/or mitigate issues of importance relevant to these populations of cancer patients.

Target audience: health professionals in primary care, family physicians, general practitioners in oncology, allied health providers, residents, and medical students

Up to 4.75 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1
For more information or to register:


A sample of recent postings from RxFiles.

SNO members are able to access RxFiles free of charge.  For more information, click here.

SNO Division in the News

Shuswap Intergenerational Choir rehearses for May 5 concert

May 1, 2018 SNO Salmon Arm Observer Generations Connect Through Song
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