Spring 2004

I n f o r m a t i o n   T e c h n o l o g y
EMR — not just another acronym
There is a concept we need to begin to understanding now, as it will be the fundamental building block of what is to come.
E x e c u t i v e   d i r e c t o r ' s   m e s s a g e
NLMA agenda focused on three important initiatives

I devote this column to three important initiatives that the NLMA will pursue vigorously for the foreseeable future.

F i n a n c i a l
Why do I need an estate plan?
The purpose of estate planning is to meet your beneficiaries’ needs after your death, according to your wishes.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
NLMA partners with Lung Association to help smokers break the habit
Forty physicians are participating in a pilot project to test the effectiveness of a physician referral program to the Smokers’ Helpline.
H e a l t h   P o l i c y
What approach should the province take to primary health care reform?
The provincial government has set out a number of goals it believes can be achieved through the reform of primary health care.
P e r s p e c t i v e s
Helpful hints, tips and advice
I hope you are all surviving the winter and even getting a chance to enjoy it. Here are a few tidbits or reminders you may find useful.
E d u c a t i o n
National arthritis project targets primary care providers
The Arthritis Society has received funding through the Primary Health Care Transition Fund of Health Canada for the implementation of Getting a Grip on Arthritis.
WHSCC to launch new opioid policy
The Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Commission will be launching a new opioid policy effective May 1, 2004.
P h y s i c i a n   W e l l n e s s
Wellness and well-being: care for the caregiver
Physicians often work towards providing quality health care for patients in a climate that is taking a toll on their own health and well-being.
P r i m a r y   C a r e   R e n e w a l
Primary care renewal moving forward
The Office of Primary Health Care has released the provincial framework document titled Moving Forward Together: Mobilizing Primary Health Care.
P r a c t i c e   M a n a g e m e n t
From peer to peer: record number of assessments completed in 2003


The past year has been an active one for APMPR as we completed 257 assessments and reassessments, a new record for a single year.
E d u c a t i o n
Universities team up to provide accredited courses online
MDcme.ca offers physicians accredited CME courses, practice management tools and access to medical education resources.
H e a l t h   P o l i c y
Patient safety grabs the spotlight
With 2004 shaping up as the year patient safety takes centre stage, CMA says the medical profession will welcome both the attention and the changes that will result.
F i n a n c i a l
Reducing taxes
There are a limited number of ways to reduce your taxes. Here are some important planning considerations.
H e a l t h   P o l i c y
New CMA poll confirms access-to-care concerns rising
Canada’s health care system is only as strong as its weakest link, and new polling data indicate that this weakest link is probably access to care.
P h y s i c i a n   W e l l n e s s
MDs’ own health finally attracting medicine’s interest
Responding to physician health issues is becoming a growth industry in Canada, but that’s not because there are suddenly more problems to treat.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Health information for your patients at their fingertips
The Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador website is a useful online source of consumer health information.


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