Community RCME is being implemented in all eligible BC communities between July 2019 and March 2021. An implementation team member will be reaching out to help communities complete the requirements and get set up to make it easier to plan, develop and provide community RCME. See who is on the team.
What do we want to achieve in implementing the Community RCME program?
The goals of Community RCME go beyond distributing funds. We want every community of physicians to have a model in place that allows physicians to address their community RCME needs sustainably.
Our research on innovative models for community RCME that were developed by physician groups show that it’s important to have solid processes and roles that can be scaled to any community situation. There are also benefits that come from communities working together, and our team can help you develop such a model, where there is interest among communities.
To that end, the implementation process is focused on building systems, processes and relationships that will empower local decision-making while reducing the burden on physicians and support community learning.
The implementation process is described below:
What are the requirements for implementing Community RCME locally?
Between July 2019 and March 2021, all communities will be offered assistance from an implementation team member working on behalf of RCCbc. To qualify to receive annual Community RCME funds, four issues need to be addressed.
1. Defined Local Model for Community RCME
Each community will design an appropriate model for Community RCME decision-making, engagement, development and delivery of learning activities. The model may include a pro forma budget that accounts for key roles, processes and community activities including:
- A defined role for a physician RCME lead;
- A defined role for non-physician support for community RCME (organizer / coordinator or other administrative help);
- An approach for defining community RCME needs with opportunities for input from all physicians and with input from local health authority clinical leads. This could include all physicians in a community, a CME committee or a physicians to whom the authority and tasks have been delegated;
- A process and roles responsible for evaluating and reporting on community RCME activities for QI purposes, informing the Community RCME Program and for provincial learning.
2. Remaining Funds
To qualify for annual Community RCME funding, a community’s remaining reverted community funds will be fewer than the projected annual amount that JSC is making available, based on the formula decided by the JSC.
3. Administration of Funding
- The community will select and organize a fund-holder who will make funds available as needed and consistent with the local criteria as implemented locally, undertake financial reporting requirements and provide prudent, timely and transparent management of the funds.
- Funds may be managed by the health authority or by an existing incorporated non-profit organization.
4. Decision-Making for Community RCME
Acceptable decision-making structures, roles and processes will be documented, discussed and be supported as shown through approval from local physician groups (or designate) such as relevant RCME committee, local Division of Family Practice, Medical Staff Association / Facility Engagement site and Medical Advisory Committee, if these are present.
When will my community be able to implement Community RCME locally?
The process of implementing Community RCME will start in July 2019, and continue until all communities are participating, up until March 2021.
The implementation team has a big job: helping almost 100 communities implement a new program that is customized to meet the needs of every community. The team will be prioritizing those communities that require the most assistance, but you can get started any time by contacting the implementation team at: CommunityRCME@rccbc.ca.
If you are a physician RCME Lead in your community, you can complete a questionnaire to describe your preferred model for community RCME.
How can I get involved in this?
Every rural physician will have an opportunity to participate in and shape Community RCME. The implementation team will work with local physician RCME leads and physician groups, but all physicians are invited to participate to develop a model for local learning. If you would like more information about your community’s plan, you can reach out to your local physician RCME Lead(s), or contact RCCbc through CommunityRCME@rccbc.ca.