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Updates to AHS Physician Compensation

Medical Staff

Physicians are critical to our healthcare system. We understand changes to compensation for Alberta’s physicians have caused concern. We share a joint focus and responsibility for patients and we appreciate the continued professionalism demonstrated by Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) physicians through this transition, and their continued commitment to caring for patients and families.

Clinical Stipends

Given the extraordinary circumstances our health care system is still facing related to COVID-19, AHS is extending the clinical stipends until the implementation of an alternate remuneration arrangement or March 31, 2021, whichever is sooner. This applies unless the physician receives or have received notice otherwise.

AHS has and will continue to work diligently and collaboratively to assess the impact these changes may have on our physicians and our patients. Finding a solution that recognizes the value of physician’s work, the needs of our patients and the sustainability of our healthcare system will be a joint effort

Extending the clinical stipend programs will allow time for transition to alternate arrangements and minimize the impact on the care we provide to patients and families.

For the clinical stipends that will be extended, notice of extensions will be sent shortly to all physicians whose current supplemental stipend contracts end on August 31, 2020. These will be sent from respective Zone Medical Affairs Office that currently administer contracts.

Following the extension of the stipends until March 31, 2021, at the direction of Alberta Health and as part of the AHS Review Report, AHS is eliminating payments to physicians that are over and above what physicians are paid in Fee for Service (FFS) billings.

Clinical payments impacted by this change include:

  • Stipends paid to the Most Responsible Practitioner (MRP) and specialist consultants in addition to FFS earnings.
  • Stipends paid to physicians in addition to FFS earnings for the services they provide to support MRP physicians and specialist consultants.

Only stipends for clinical service provision paid to physicians eligible to bill FFS are being reviewed as part of this proposal at this time.

AHS has and will continue to work diligently and collaboratively to assess the impact these changes may have on our physicians and our patients.

Finding a solution that recognizes the value of physician’s work, the needs of our patients and the sustainability of our healthcare system will be a joint effort.

Extending the clinical stipend programs will allow time for transition to alternate arrangements and minimize the impact on the care we provide to patients and families.

We are committed to a fair and transparent process during this transition.