16 Feb

Registration Now Open for SGP’s April 29 Billing Education Workshop

SGP is pleased to present our popular Billing Education Workshop: The Dollars and Sense of Family Practice

Sunday April 29, 9-4 @ St Paul’s Hospital Conference Centre, Vancouver

For: Family Doctors, MOAs and  Residents
Registration is limited, so register early.
Cost: $225 for members, $450 for non-members, $75 for residents
For full course agenda click here

Topics include:

  • Latest Changes to GPSC Fees & Billing for Team Based Care
  • Billing for Paperwork and Uninsured Services: From Frustration to Fair Remuneration
  • Patient Medical Home/Primary Care Networks: What and why?
  • Basic office billing – get comfortable with daily billing: For new in practice docs, residents or any one!
  • Breakout workshops on billing in: Emergency Room, Residential Care, Obstetrics
  • MOA Session – Tips for Smoother Office Workflow

Physicians may register one accompanying MOA.

For full course agenda and information on registration by fax or phone click here

For online registration click here.

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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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26 Jul

MAiD data collection update

MAiD providers have expressed concern about the time limits applied to the new MAiD assessment fees, as well as the value of the MAiD Preparation and Procedure fee.  As of August 1st,  MSP will be collecting data to inform a review of these fees to take place in 3 to 6 months.  When billing a MAiD assessment 13501,  13502 or 13503,   if you  exceed the maximum payable time  please enter the total assessment time in the note comment field of your claim.  When billing a MAiD Preparation and Procedure 13504 you must complete and fax this form to MSP at the time of submitting the fee by Teleplan.  SGP acknowledges the added paperwork  burden, however this data collection is necessary to allow MSP and the Tariff Committee to do an informed evaluation of the time required for these new medical services.

Read the MSP Broadcast Message here.

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11 Jul

Changes are coming to some GPSC incentives Oct 1 2017

Many of you have heard that changes are coming to some GPSC incentives as of Oct 1, 2017.   Here is a table outlining those changes.  As well, GPSC is offering two webinars in July to go over the changes.

  • Webinar 1: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 5:00-6:30pm
  • Webinar 2: Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 5:00-6:30pm
  • To register for either of these webinars, email and include “incentives webinar” in the email subject line and your full name and the webinar you wish to attend (i.e., webinar 1 or webinar 2) in the body of the email.
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06 Jul

SGP FP Residents’ Summer Newsletter

SGP welcomes all the new grads just starting their Family Medicine residency in BC.  Read our summer newsletter to learn more about SGP and why you should join.  (It’s free for Residents!)  For those of you who just finished Residency, remember your free membership continues til the end of Dec. 2017.  You’ll find the on-line Simplified Guide to Fees a great help as you start billing for your services.

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