News

01 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 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:

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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01 Dec

Disability Tax Credit

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.

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01 Dec

Proposed CRA Changes to GST/HST may affect you

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.

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09 Oct

Rx Renewals in LTC

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.   

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06 Oct

Update: Provincial Privileging Project

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.

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07 Jun

Telemedicine—an adjunct to comprehensive care; not an end in itself

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?

 

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01 Jun

2014 SGP AGM

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:  sgp.feedback@doctorsofbc.ca

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