Locum Tips & Tools

Locum Contract Template

This optional locum contract template was designed to be used as a starting point for discussions between host and locum physicians. It is in a Word format so that it can be modified to suit what works best for both parties. Log in to download the locum contract template.

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Provincial Locum Assignment of Payment Form

This required form needs to be signed by both host and locum physician. When one practitioner replaces another during holidays or sickness, payment for services may be made either to the principal practitioner or to the practitioner providing the service in the absence of the other.

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How to register to do locums in BC from out of province

Physicians from other jurisdictions considering locum tenens work in British Columbia must obtain registration with the College of Physcian and Surgeons of BC.

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Locums Working in Continuity of Care Practices Can Bill Special Fees for Telephone Calls and More

The GP Services Committee (GPSC) has acknowledged the importance of a longterm relationship between a doctor and a patient over time, and has implemented the “Attachment Initiative” suite of fees which are billable only in continuity of care practices.

Fee Incentives Available to Locums Working in “Attachment Initiative” Practices

The SGP locum listings let you know which practices are participating in the “Attachment Initiative”.

Locums covering for a physician who is participating in the “Attachment Initiative” can bill for:

  • Telephone calls to patients – G14076:

Every locum can bill up to 1500 of these calls per year when they are working in attachment practices. Read the full details of this fee.

  • Case conferencing – G14077:

Locums can bill for this case conferencing fee when working in an attachment practice.  This fee is payable for 15 min or better portion thereof for a two-way case conference with at least one other physician or allied health professional. A clear plan of care, time spent, and provider(s) consulted must be documented in the chart.  When not conducted in-person, a case conference may consist of a series of two-way telephone calls with allied health professionals and/or physicians, and possibly the patient as well. The time spent on the series of telephone calls is cumulative towards the time requirement for this fee. Read the full details of this fee.

(These fees are not billable in episodic/walk-in settings.)

Read the simplified overview of all the Attachment Initiative Fees

To Bill Attachment Initiative Telephone & Case Conferencing Fees, Locums Must Submit the Participation Code at the First Attachment Practice They Work In That Year

Locum Attachment Participation fee code: 14071

Once 14071 is submitted by the locum, he/she can bill “Attachment Initiative” fees when working in any “Attachment” practice in BC over the rest of the year.

To submit the fee item 14071 (GP Attachment Locum Participation Code), use diagnostic code 780 and the following “Patient” demographic information:

  • PHN#: 975 303 5697
  • Date of Birth: January 1, 2013
  • Patient Surname: Participation
  • First name: Attachment

Read the full details of how to submit 14071

Fees with Yearly Limits for Which Locums Have Their Own Yearly Total


There are 2 fee codes with yearly limits per physician, for which  locums each have their own annual allocation:

14076:Attachment Initiative Telephone Management Fee

This allows you to bill 1500 phone calls per year to patients of the Attachment MRP  for whom you are covering. Locums have their own 1500 calls.

14066 :Personal Health Risk Assessment

Locums have their own allocation of 100 per year. It is important that there be mutual agreement between locum and host physician about the use of this fee code during a locum.

How Can Locums Know Which Fees are Specially Billable Only When Providing Coverage for MRP Continuity of Care Physicians

Every time this icon appears in the SGP Simplified Fee Guide it signifies:

MRP

Billable by Most Responsible Physician (MRP)

This fee is billable by the Most Responsible Physician (MRP) who has accepted responsibility for providing ongoing, longitudinal co-ordinated care for the patient. This fee may also be billed by a locum who is providing coverage for an MRP physician when this has been discussed and agreed between the locum and host physician.

Every time this icon appears in the SGP Simplified Fee Guide it signifies:

attachment

Billable by Most Responsible Physician (MRP) Who is Also Participating in the Attachment Initiative 

This fee is billable only by physicians who are participating in the Attachment Initiative (also known as the GP for Me Initiative) AND are the Most Responsible Physician (MRP)  who has accepted responsibility for providing ongoing, longitudinal co-ordinated care for the patient. This fee may also be billed by a locum who is providing coverage for an MRP physician when this has been discussed and agreed between the locum and host physician.

Check out SGP’s Simplified Guide to Fees

SGP Simplified Guide to Fees

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