An LOI is a document prepared by Alberta Health Services and a group of physicians, demonstrating their intent to jointly develop a business plan to implement a PCN.
The Primary Care Initiative Committee (PCIC) inivtes Letters of Intent from physicians, who are not yet participating in the Primary Care Initiative, and their Alberta Health Services partners who want to develop a new Primary Care Network.
Once PCIC approves a Letter of Intent, Business Plan Development funds are released to enable the partners and other interested stakeholders to jointly develop a comprehensive three-year Business Plan. The plan targets the improvement of primary care service delivery to Albertans residing in the geographic area of the proposed Primary Care Network.
Those considering the possibility of forming a PCN are encouraged to read about PCNs, their purpose, and their place within primary care reform in Alberta. The information essential to forming a PCN is compiled in five documents:
These documents are contained in the first two sections and the FAQ section of the Guide & Reference Manual for Primary Care Networks.
Physicians are also encouraged to seek the guidance of the Practice Management Program (PMP) of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) to develop and further the relationships needed to properly establish a PCN.