March 16 update: Doctors of BC and the Government of BC have made fee code changes to enable better use of virtual care during COVID-19. Click here for more information.
GPSC incentive fees changed on April 1. Click here for more information. Please find the updated fee guides in the list below.
The following incentive fees are available to BC’s eligible family physicians. The purpose of the fees is to improve patient care. To read the full preamble for the GPSC billing guides, effective April 1, 2020, click here.
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The GPSC Portal Codes (14070, 14071) are zero value codes that should be submitted at the beginning of each calendar year by full-service family physicians and locums who will cover for them. Many GPSC initiated fees are only billable by physicians who have fulfilled the requirements of, and successfully submitted, 14070/71.
Submitting the 14070 Portal Code signifies that:
- You are providing full-service family practice services to your patients, and will continue to do so for the duration of that calendar year.
- You are confirming your doctor-patient relationship with your existing patients through a standardized conversation or "compact."
Submitting the 14071 Locum Portal Code signifies that you are a locum tenens working on a temporary basis for an MRP FP who has submitted 14070 and is away from practice. As per the GPSC Preamble, a locum tenens is defined as a physician with appropriate credentials who substitutes on a temporary basis for another physician who is away from practice.
Effective April 1, 2020, several GPSC initiated fees are only accessible by submitting the portal codes, 14070 and 14071. Please see the billing guide below for further details.
- GPSC Portal Billing Guide (14070, 14071). Effective April 1, 2020.
Chronic Disease Management
Chronic Disease Management fees (14050, 14051, 14052, 14053; 14250, 14251, 14252, 14253) provide funding for FPs to identify, manage and improve care of patients with diabetes, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and congestive heart failure. The Chronic Disease management (CDM) fees compensate family physicians for the additional work, beyond the office visit, of providing guideline-informed care to patients with these diagnoses over the course of a full year.
To support team-based care, management of chronic diseases can involve college-certified Allied Care Providers, who may provide one of the visits required for billing CDM fees (14029, 14076, 14276). Please see the billing guide below for further details.
Effective April 1, 2020, CDM fees 14050-14053 are only billable by family physicians who have submitted the GPSC Portal Codes. See the billing guide below for more information.
Complex Care Planning and Management
Two complex care fees compensate FPs for the time and skill needed to care for patients with eligible complex conditions who would benefit from a care plan.
14033 is payment for developing a care plan and managing patients who have documented confirmed diagnoses of at least two eligible chronic conditions as outlined within the billing guide below. 14075 is payment for developing a care plan and managing the conditions of patients of any age who require assistance with instrumental (IADL) and non-instrumental (NIADL) activities of daily living.
Effective April 1, 2020, both 14033 and 14075 are only billable by family physicians who have submitted the GPSC Portal Codes. For more information, please see the billing guide below.
- GPSC Complex Care Billing Guide (14033, 14075). Effective April 1, 2020.
Conferencing and Telephone Management
The FP conferencing fee (14077) supports collaboration between community family physicians and other physicians or allied care providers. Eligible FPs can bill for two-way synchronous conferencing via telephone or video with other physicians or Allied Care Providers such as nurses about the management of patients. Telephone Advice fees (14018, 14019, 14021, 14022) remunerate FPs for seeking and providing advice to their physician and allied care provider colleagues. FP-to-patient telephone management and two-way relay of physician advice via phone, text or email fees (14023, 14076, 14078) help improve efficiency of care through non face-to-face ‘visits’ or ‘touches’ between the physician or specific delegated staff, and the patient or their medical representative.
14076, 14077 and 14078 are only billable by family physicians who have submitted the GPSC Portal Codes. For more information, please see the billing guide below.
Effective April 1, 2020, FPs are required to register prior to billing fee items 14021, 14022 and 14023 – please see registration link below.
- GPSC Conferencing and Telephone Management Billing Guide (14077, 14018, 14019, 14021, 14022, 14023, 14076 & 14078). Effective April 1, 2020.
- FP with Consultative Expertise registration form.
The in-patient care incentives (14086, 14088) recognize the importance of continuous FP-patient relationships including in-patient care and coordination of patient transitions between hospitals and community. The in-patient care incentives promote and support family physicians who participate in the GPSC's In-Patient Initiative by providing in-patient care to their own patients, and those FPs who additionally care for unassigned in-patients.
- GPSC In-Patient Care Billing Guide (14086, 14088).
- GPSC Assigned In-Patient Network Registration Form (14086).
- GPSC Unassigned In-Patient Network Registration Form (14088).
The GPSC Long-term Care Initiative (LTCI) is designed to enable physicians to develop local, scalable, and sustainable solutions to long term care delivery. The initiative supports Divisions of Family Practice (or self-organizing groups of family physicians where no Divisions exist) to design and implement local solutions that deliver dedicated FP MRP services to patients in long term care facilities. In addition to the initiative funding, there are a number of existing GPSC and MSP fees available to support full-service family physicians who provide long term care services.
- The LTC billing summary is currently under review. Please check back for an updated version soon.
The maternity care network incentive (14010) supports family physicians providing full-scope maternity care to patients in their community, to work together. The obstetrical delivery incentives (14004, 14005, 14008, 14009) are intended to encourage family physicians to continue to provide intra-partum obstetrical care as part of their practice.
Effective April 1, 2020, obstetrical delivery incentives are only billable by maternity network members and physicians who have submitted the GPSC Portal codes. See the billing guide below for further information.
The Mental Health planning (14043) and management fees (14044, 14045, 14046, 14047, 14048) compensate family physicians for the time and skill it takes to work with patients with mental health conditions who would benefit from a care plan. 14043 is payment for developing the care plan to manage the patient’s mental health condition. The MH management fees remunerate FPs for providing counselling visits to these patients beyond the current 4 visits covered by the 0120 series.
Effective April 1, 2020, mental health planning and management fees are only billable by physicians who have submitted the GPSC Portal codes. See the billing guide below for further information.
- GPSC Mental Health Billing Guide (14043, 14044, 14045, 14046, 14047, and 14048). Effective April 1, 2020.
The palliative care planning fee (14063) supports FPs to take the time required to collaboratively plan and coordinate end-of-life care with their palliative patients.
Effective April 1, 2020, the palliative care fee is only billable by physicians who have submitted the GPSC Portal codes. See the billing guide below for further information.
- GPSC Palliative Care Billing Guide (14063). Effective April 1, 2020.
Prevention (Personal Health Risk Assessment)
The family physician is uniquely placed to fit the available health promotion and recommended disease prevention interventions to the individual patient, based on their knowledge of each patient’s personal medical condition, family history, and social, lifestyle and work circumstances. Family physicians can provide Personal Health Risk Assessment visits with at- risk patients in one of the target populations, which include tobacco use, unhealthy eating, physical inactivity and medical obesity.
Effective April 1, 2020, the prevention fee is only billable by physicians who have submitted the GPSC Portal codes. See the billing guide below for further information.