- Nurse Practitioners (NPs) Engaging in Dispensing
- Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Reporting Requirements
- Prescription Monitoring Program
- New Tamper Resident Prescription Pads
- Certifying Applications for the Disability Tax Credit
- Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL
- Choosing Wisely Canada
- Provincial Laboratory Notifications
- Office of the Chief Medical Officer Notifications
- Other Resources
This memo is in response to a number of inquiries related to the dispensing of medications by NPs in Newfoundland and Labrador. NPs can dispense medications. This memo outlines the expectations for NPs contemplating engaging in dispensing. To view the memo, please click here.
The Regulations for the Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying (the Regulation) that come into force on November 1, 2018 require physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists to provide information related to requests for, and the provisions of, MAID, through the Canadian Data Collection Portal.
By June 30, 2018, all prescribers in the province who are writing prescriptions for opioids as part of their care plan will be required to review a patient’s medication profile using HEALTHe NL before writing a prescription on the tamper resistant prescription pad. This is a part of the Provincial Government’s new Prescription Monitoring Act legislation. If you do not yet have access to HEALTHe NL, you can contact NLCHI at email@example.com or 1(877) 752-6006 or (709) 752-6006.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
The Prescription Monitoring Act came into effect on January 2, 2018. The Act provides the legislative authority for the Prescription Monitoring Program – NL.
The purpose of the Program is to help prescribers and dispensers make the most informed decisions when choosing to administer or dispense a monitored drug. Subsection 7(2) of the Act, the provision requiring prescribers to view a patient’s medication profile prior to prescribing a monitored drug (opioid and tramadol), comes into effect on June 30, 2018.
Utilizing the provincial electronic health record, HEALTHe NL, health professionals have access to up-to-date and accurate patient medications profiles that supports clinical decision-making and their patients’ health care needs. The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information provides access to HEALTHe NL. If you require an account, please contact NLCHI at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 (877) 752-6006 or (709) 752-6006.
To aid in the utilization of the provincial electronic health record, the Department of Health and Community Services (HCS) has updated the Tamper Resistant Prescription Pads to include a check box allowing the health provider to verify that the provincial electronic health record was reviewed and the time of day the review occurred.
The Department of Health and Community Services (HCS) will either send you the new TRPPs or you will be required to order these from HCS. For further information or to access the request form please click here.
Nurse practitioners can now fill out and sign Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate. This ensures more options for Canadians who want to apply for the disability tax credit (DTC), making the application process easier and more accessible.
Through Budget 2017, the Government has made a change to recognize nurse practitioners as one of the medical practitioners who can certify Form T2201. With over 4,500 nurse practitioners across Canada who can certify patients for the DTC, this change is going to have a positive impact for Canadians living with a disability.
For more information on how to fill out Form T2201, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/segments/tax-credits-deductions-persons-disabilities/information-medical-practitioners.html
You can also view a recording of the CNA webinar explaining the changes on You Tube.
eConsult is a secure, web-based tool that allows primary care providers to submit non-urgent, patient-specific questions to a participating specialty. Relevant diagnostic testing, images, photos, letters or any other documentation to help inform the consult process may be included. The request is processed and assigned to an appropriate consultant, who is asked to respond within seven days.
To access the eConsult service, please contact:
Jean Cook, CSF Project Coordinator, NLMA
709-722-3344 or 800-563-2003 ext. 300
Quality of Care Newfoundland and Labrador is a provincial initiative aimed at improving health care in our province by looking for new ways to make sure people get the care they need, when they need it. Quality of Care NL works with Choosing Wisely Canada to implement their recommendations on reducing unnecessary care, here in Newfoundland and Labrador. These projects are known as Choosing Wisely NL projects.
For more information, visit the Quality of Care NL website.
Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL Campaigns
A generic version of the Antibiotic Awareness Campaign for NPs is available here.
- A new local campaign to highlight the need for further antibiotics awarness was launched during World Antibiotics Awareness Week (November 12-18, 2018).
A generic version of the Proton-Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Utilization for NPs is available here.
A generic version of the Blood Urea Testing Campaign for NPs is available here.
To access Choosing Wisely NL and Quality Care NL Practice Point Reports, please click here.
Eastern Health's New Antimicrobial Stewardship Spectrum APP. Please click here for further details.
Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments, and make smart and effective care choices.
Developed by professional societies representing different clinical specialties in Canada, these recommendations identify tests and treatments commonly used in each specialty that are not supported by evidence, and could expose patients to harm. The recommendations are not intended to be used to establish payment and coverage decisions. Rather, they are meant to spur conversation about what is appropriate and necessary treatment. As each patient situation is unique, clinicians and patients could use the Choosing Wisely Canada materials to determine an appropriate treatment plan together.
In September 2017, Nine Things Nurse Practitioners and Patients Should Question was published.
Choosing Wisely Talks
Choosing Wisely Talks is a webinar-based education series. Webinars typically occur on the first Thursday of the month and are available for viewing after the event. For more information, visit their Events page.
For more information visit the Choosing Wisely Canada website.
Communiques from the Department of Laboratory Medicine are posted as they are shared by the Provincial Laboratory.