19 Apr

Family Docs Rock: new BCCFP Peer Nominated awards

Do you know a colleague who has contributed to the community through local innovation in practice or health care delivery?  A new to practice colleague who already stands out from the crowd? Two new FP recognition awards have been created by the BCCFP – the First Five Years of Practice and the Innovations in Primary Care awards.  Nominations are due Monday May 8 2017.  Get the details on the BCCFP website.

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10 Mar

Opioid Use Disorder – changes to fee 00039

To increase access for new patients seeking treatment for opioid use disorder, SGP worked with MSP to reduce the requirement for twice monthly visits by stable patients to monthly.  We also updated the language to reflect current medical practice.  The changes are effective Feb. 24, 2017.   Read the details.

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03 Jan

Billing Tip: Time to re-submit 14070

To all of you who are participating in Attachment, it’s time to resubmit the 14070 Attachment Participation Code.  By submitting this code you are reaffirming that you provide full service family practice to your patients and will continue to do so for the duration of 2017; and that you confirm the doctor-patient relationship with existing patients through a standardized conversation or “compact.”   You do not need to re-notify your Division of Family Practice of your continued participation.  If you need a refresher on how to submit the 14070:

PHN#: 975 303 5697
Surname: Participation
First name: Attachment
DOB January 1, 2013

See Details in our easy to use simplified guide to fees

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23 Jun

Medical Aid in Dying : information on billing MSP

MSP has created an interim payment guide outlining  how to bill for your services when providing medical aid in dying.  The guide was approved at the recent Doctors of BC Tariff Committee meeting.  Permanent fees, specific to provision of services for medical aid in dying, will be created once more experience has been had.  There is more information for health professionals available on the BC government website

On June 17  Bill C-14 received royal assent – this means that the provisions contained in the new legislation will take priority over the provisions contained in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC’s recently drafted standard. The College says it will be updating its legislative guidance to physicians to ensure it reflects the new law and will inform registrants once such guidance has been approved by its Board.

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18 May

SGP 2016 AGM

SGP invites all Members to join us for the  2016 AGM coming up on June 4 at the Pan Pacific.  We hold our meeting at the crack of dawn (7:30 am start) so that you can also attend the Doctors of BC AGM starting at 9:30 am.  The SGP AGM is your opportunity to meet the new Executive and have your questions answered and concerns heard.  Please join us  for breakfast starting at 6:45.  Register now through the DoBC website.

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05 Apr

GPSC Visioning, Patient Medical Homes and the MOH Primary Care Homes

GPSC has released its final  Visioning Engagement Report, outlining what it heard from the thousands of GPs who participated in the visioning process last year.  GPSC has agreed to work towards incenting and supporting family doctors to transition to a BC version of the CFPC Patient Medical Home  model.  This will be the focus of its work for the upcoming year.

Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, the Ministry of Health has directed Health Authorities to work with local Divisions of Family Practice to deliver plans by June 1 on how to implement  Primary Care Homes across BC in the next 3 years.  SGP believes that Patient Medical Homes live within Primary Care Home neighbourhoods and wants everyone to get outside their four walls and work together to realise the vision together:  family docs; GPSC; Health Authorities; MOH.

How can we create a Patient Centred   healthcare system if we don’t travel together down the same road?

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01 Apr

Doctors Technology Office – what can it do for you?

Doctors of Technology Office (DTO) has replaced PITO.  What does it do?

DTO: Helping physicians ensure technology works for them
Doctors Technology Office (DTO), a joint initiative of the General Practice Services Committee and the Specialist Services Committee supports BC physicians with their in-practice technology needs. Physicians can receive advocacy support and guidance around use of technology in their practices, with a primary focus on Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

Physicians are encouraged to contact DTO for assistance with major unresolved technical issues such as accessing EMRs from hospitals or facilities, or connecting EMRs and local networks. When a solution to the reported issue cannot be found or resolved in a timely manner through their EMR vendor, physicians can contact DTO, which will work with other partners towards finding a solution on behalf of physicians.

In addition, DTO investigates new technology and recommends solutions to reduce security and performance issues, and works with provincial partners to ensure the physicians’ voice is represented when designing and delivering technology solutions for BC health care. Contact DTO – Technology Solutions and Support at 604 638 5841 or email: doctors technology office support. For the latest DTO technical bulletin, click here.

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18 Feb

Privileging and Credentialing in 2016

It’s that time of year again – when we renew our hospital privileges.  And it’s the first time for all of us under the  single, standardized web-based Provincial Practitioner Credentialing and Privileging (C&P) System, i.e. CACTUS Software.  Many of you have questions about the process and the Family Medicine/General Practice Privileging Dictionary.  You can find lots of information on the BC Medical Quality Initiative website.  SGP is interested in hearing about your experience with the new process:  email us at

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15 Dec

Start End times now required when submitting 0120

As of Nov. 1, 2015  you are required to record the start and end time for a prolonged counseling visit (0120 series)  in the patient’s medical record, and to submit those times with your billing claim to MSP.  This change was made in order to protect GPs in the case of audit.

We know that many of you feel swamped by paperwork, including documentation requirements for fees. However, the change is considered necessary in order to protect GPs in the case of audit.  Medical inspectors look for documentation to support the billing criteria for any fee, and in the case of the 0120, there is a requirement for a minimum of 20 minutes.  Requiring start/end times to be submitted and recorded for the 0120 series brings the fees into line with the GPSC Mental Health Management fees (14044-14048) which have the same requirements.

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