28 May

BC Govt. announces new funding for Family doctors and NPs

It started with an announcement of new funding for 200 Nurse Practitioners to work in team based primary care practices, followed the next day by the announcement of new funding for 200 Family Physicians to work in team based primary care practices under an alternate remuneration model.  The government also promised opportunities for every family medicine resident to work in a renewed primary care system that allows them to focus their time and energy on practising patient-centred medicine.  They even referred to the SGP Survey of Residents.  

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15 May

SGP Survey of Family Medicine Residents

Our proactive Resident Board delegates Dr Jaron Easterbrook and Dr Prasenjit Das surveyed the family medicine residents in BC.  They asked about their future practice plans and priorities.  You can read the results here.

The government even referred to it in their recent announcement of new funding for graduating family medicine residents to work in team-based practices, funded through alternate payment arrangements.

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07 May

MAiD fee changes

Effective May 1 changes have been made to MAiD Fees 13501, 13502 and 13503 to better support the time required for these assessments.  The maximum number of units payable for each assessment has been increased and independent consideration will be given for circumstances requiring more time.

Also, effective retroactive to June 1, 2017, the  13504 MAiD Event Preparation and Procedure is amended and a new fee 13505 Medication Pick-up and Return is introduced.  You will receive an automatic retroactive payment for any 13504 billed since June 1, 2017.   You may also retroactively submit the new 13505 using Submission code A, associated with any 13504 MAiD procedures provided since June 1, 2017, that required pick up and return of medications from an off site pharmacy.  You must submit these retroactive claims before July 4, 2018.

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06 Feb

Alert for Telus EMR users

SGP has learned that users of Telus EMR software are being invited to accept integration of Patient Assistance Programs into their EMR. Brand-name drug companies have paid Telus to digitally insert vouchers so that prescriptions generated within the EMR will be filled with the brand-name product rather than generic versions. The invite looks like this  and you do have the option to decline!

Read more about it in this Toronto Sun article from last summer.

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01 Feb

PulsePoint App

Download posters for your office – the PulsePoint App alerts  CPR-trained bystanders to a cardiac emergency in their immediate vicinity.  You can also get cards promoting hands-only CPR by contacting the Heart and Stroke foundation.

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16 Dec

Alert re: Jan 1, 2018 change for submission of GPSC Portal Codes 14070 & 14071

Starting Jan 1, 2018,  The name of the “mock patient” for the submission of 14070 and 14071 will change. For details please see 14070 and 14071

If you are providing full-service family practice services to your patients, and will continue to do so for the duration of the calendar year,
and you wish to continue to bill the codes behind the GPSC portal: 14075, 14076, 14077, 14029 and 14078,
please make sure to:

  1. Change the first and last name of the “mock patient” in your clinic’s database as described here in the details of 14070
  2. Re-submit portal code 14070 on Jan 1, 2018, using the new first and last name for the mock patient. Submission of 14070 identifies you as a physician who provides ongoing longitudinal continuity of care to your patients.

If you are a locum providing coverage for GPSC Portal physicians who provide ongoing longitudinal continuity of care to their patients,
and you wish to bill the codes behind the GPSC  Portal: 14075, 14076, 14077, 14029 and 14078,
please ensure that 14071 is submitted at the beginning of the calendar year or prior to the start of your first locum of the year covering for a GPSC Portal physician. Once 14071 has been processed, locums are eligible to bill GPSC Portal fees when they are covering for GPSC Portal physicians for the remainder of the calendar year.

The details for submission and terms of use of 14071 are described here


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24 Sep

GPSC Fee Changes Oct 1 – Read Details

In response to physician feedback collected during the visioning consultations, the General Practitioner Services Committee (GPSC) has made changes to its incentives to support the strategic objectives of the patient medical home model.

The changes will be in effect as of October 1, 2017.

A few of the key changes include:

  • Fee code 14076 increases from $15 to $20 per telephone call. The fee details remain unchanged.
  • Fee code 14074 has been discontinued.
  • There is a new fee code: GP-patient/text/telephone medical advice relay fee (14078).  This fee is $7. (Approximate value of the INR fee). This new fee  is  delegable to allied health providers and MOAs.

There are many other changes as well. You can click to see all the GPSC changes highlighted as CHANGE ALERTS on our GPSC fees page

We also encourage you to look at the *Change Alerts we have highlighted in our  Simplified Guide to Fees.

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