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 2015; 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:
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DOB January 1, 2013
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Membership renewal season has started. If you are currently an SGP member, don’t forget to include SGP when you renew your Doctors of BC membership.
If you are not currently a member, we invite you to read more about us, and to consider joining SGP when you renew your Doctors of BC membership.
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Many of you may have had patients asking you to sign the Disability Tax Credit form after being told by a private company that they qualify. These companies charge a significant commission to the patient for assisting them through the process, and after a number of complaints, CRA has proposed the Disability Tax Credit Promoter’s Restriction Act.
This will affect physicians, and the CMA has prepared a Disability Tax Credit briefing note and is asking for comment. SGP will forward any feedback we receive to the CMA.
In the 2013 federal budget, amendments to the Excise Tax Act were made that affect GST/HST. After considerable delay, Canada Revenue Agency has issued a GST_HST_DraftPolicy outlining how CRA plans to apply GST/HST to uninsured physician services. The Canadian Medical Association briefing note Changes to GST-HST Application summarises this well. You may want to review with your accountant how these changes affect you.
Beginning Oct 1, 2014 pharmacists will be following a new protocol when sending you prescription renewals for patients in LTC. You can read about it here.
The GP Expert Panel has been meeting to work on the Provincial Privileging Dictionary which will outline the credentials required to be granted privileges in hospital and residential care facilities in BC. Members were chosen to ensure representation of the diversity of care provided in facilities by GPs as well as to reflect the differing needs of rural, suburban and urban practitioners. Stay up to date and offer your comments on the work so far by following the Provincial Privileging Blog.
Health minister Terry Lake has ordered a sweeping review of telemedicine care in B.C., saying in an interview he’s concerned videoconference visits between patients in one location and doctors in another could become “virtual walk-in clinics” with unsustainable costs on the health care system. Read the Vancouver Sun story.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons notes that:
“Physicians are accountable every time they decide that a physical examination is not required.
Telemedicine has the potential to reduce the risk of error by providing physicians with considerably more information. However, a decision to rely on a virtual visit to conclude a medical assessment for an acute concern will always be a high stakes one, which requires thoughtful consideration and superior clinical judgment.
The College’s depth and breadth of experience reviewing physician practices and investigating complaints indicates that telemedicine will add value for patients and providers if it forms part of an integrated whole, such as a full-service primary care clinic, a provincial or regional specialty service, or a robust outreach program for people living in remote locations. Significant risk is anticipated if physicians attempt to use telemedicine to provide episodic services in isolation to patients they are not familiar with. Telemedicine holds great promise as an adjunct to well-organized systems of care. Without the support of such systems, it is expected that telemedicine will be neither efficient nor safe.”
– (The College Connector Volume 2 | No. 3 | May / June 2014)
For more information see:
May/June 2014 College of Physicians and Surgeons article on Telemedicine
The College’s professional standard Telemedicine
An editorial in the BCMJ by Deputy Registrar Dr. W.R. Vroom, titled:
Does telemedicine need stricter rules for engagement?
Thanks to all our members who attended the SGP AGM May 31 and provided support and feedback to the organisation. It’s always a surprise how many of you are willing to be up for a 7:30 am Saturday morning! Our officers for 2014 were introduced and their names may seem familiar: Lawrence Welsh, President; Ken Burns, President elect; Ernie Chang, Treasurer; and Elizabeth Rhoades, Secretary. They all wanted to commit to another year in their positions, and were acclaimed after the call to the membership for nominations. Let us know what you’d like to see the SGP do for you in the coming year: firstname.lastname@example.org
With the expiration of the Physician Master Agreement, PITO funding ended March 31. However, the GPSC has provided one year’s funding for the PSP Technology Group to assist full-service family physicians using any EMR to achieve Level 3 “meaningful use” (MU3). Click to read more about this program: PSP-Post-Implementation-Support
Read SGP President’s letter for more details on EMRs.