What is a Clinical Alternative Relationship Plan (clinical ARP)?
A clinical ARP is a physician compensation model that provides an alternative to the fee-for-service (FFS) payment method. It compensates physicians for providing a set of clinical services at defined facilities to a target patient population. Clinical ARPs can help to align physician compensation incentives with overall health system objectives (e.g., innovation in clinical service, team-based approach, optimal chronic disease management, etc.). For some physicians, simply being paid differently can enable them to deliver services in a manner better suited to them and their patients.
What is the ARP PMO?
The Alternative Relationship Plan Program Management Office (ARP PMO) assists clinical ARP stakeholders with developing, implementing and fulfilling the requirements of the clinical ARP program in Alberta. These stakeholders include Alberta Health (AH), Alberta Health Services (AHS), the Alberta Medical Association (AMA), and physicians. The ARP PMO works with physician applicants and AHS to determine whether a clinical ARP fits the needs of the patient population and the individual situation. The ARP PMO consultant assigned to work with your group will support your initial investigation of whether a clinical ARP option is right for you, draft (or assist you in drafting) your application for review, work with you through the approval process to answer any questions that arise, and assist with implementation where needed. For further details refer to ARP PMO Support & Resources.
Clinical ARP vs Academic Medicine and Health Services Program (AMHSP)
Clinical ARPs (the focus of the ARP PMO’s support) provide compensation for the provision of clinical physician services only. An AMHSP is a compensation model for physicians who teach, do research, have a leadership role and do clinical work at Alberta universities or medical facilities. Learn more about AMHSP.
The compensation model used for a clinical ARP can take several forms; three models are currently available.
How to apply
Start by reading the typical steps involved in the process of establishing a clinical ARP.