Enhanced Multidisciplinary Care (MDC) Services

Through Attachment funding, 2011-12 multidisciplinary care (MDC) grants were awarded to 10 practices to support practice investments in MDC providers (registered nurses (RN) or licensed practical nurses). The aim is to facilitate enhanced scope of practice, increase efficiencies, and ultimately to increase primary care capacity. Approved practices have agreed to quarterly reporting requirements to monitor progress, identify issues and evaluate whether enhanced use of non-physicians results in anticipated improvements to chronic disease and complex care planning and increases capacity in their practice. This grants process has the potential of resulting in the attachment of 2,100 - 2,200 new patients to existing practices.

See here for a summary of the first and second quarter highlights regarding the 2011-12 grants.

The Division also plans to hire a small pool of community MDC providers to share among community physicians. In consultation with community GPs, the providers will contribute enhanced services in such areas as dietary counseling, clinical and social work counseling, and pharmacy consultations.

To support practices in successfully integrating MDC providers, the Division applied for and received funding from the Peace Arch Hospital Community and Health Foundation to develop and prototype an education and training program for RNs in primary care. The project entitled “Advancing Competencies in Primary Health Care Nurses” is expected to begin in 2013.