December 16, 2020 update: Eligible physicians must submit an online claim form to complete their eligibility and receive the winter installment of the 2020 CLFP Payment. The deadline to submit the claim form is December 31, 2020. A link to the claim form has been sent via email to eligible physicians. If you are unable to find the claim form or have other questions, please contact gpsc.billing@doctorsofbc.ca.

November 3, 2020 update: GPSC’s Community Longitudinal Family Physician Payment (CLFP Payment) now includes new to practice family physicians who provide longitudinal care


The Community Longitudinal Family Physician (CLFP) Payment recognizes community-based family physicians who work under fee-for-service and who care for a panel of patients for providing long-term, relationship-based care.

2020 CLFP Payment

The CLFP Payment for 2020 will be  automatically remitted by MSP Teleplan to eligible physicians in two installments. The first installment of $3,000 will be paid in summer 2020 and the second installment will be paid in winter 2020. The payment amount of the second installment will be based on the number and complexity of patients associated with each eligible family physician. The exact payment amount for individual physicians is stated in MSP remittance statement under Adjustment Code "CP".

Longitudinal care includes providing patients with ongoing medical care, maintaining patients’ medical records, and coordinating referrals to other health care providers when needed. The CLFP Payment recognizes the additional, non-clinical responsibilities required to provide ongoing, coordinated care for which fee-for-service physicians are not compensated.

An eligible physician will receive a total annual payment amount of no less than $3,000 and up to $12,000, with exact payment amount per individual physician based on the number and complexity of Majority Source of Care (MSOC) patients associated with the physician in the MSP database.

The CLFP Payment may be subject to business arrangements pertaining to how MSP payments paid to particular payee numbers are split between physicians and clinic owners. In these cases, physicians and clinic owners are encouraged to come to a mutual agreement on how existing business arrangements apply to the CLFP Payment.

For more information, refer to the Community Longitudinal Family Physician Payment FAQs or contact gpsc.billing@doctorsofbc.ca.

Eligibility

Fee-for-service, community-based family physicians are eligible for the 2020 CLFP Payment if they meet the following conditions:

  • Meet the requirements for and submit the GPSC Portal Code (14070) by the MSP cut-off date of Friday, July 3, 2020.
  • Had 50 or more patients for whom the physician was the Majority Source of Care (MSOC) provider based on fee-for-service family physician visits in 2019.

Family physicians who meet the requirements of GPSC Portal Code (14070) should submit 14070 on an annual basis to ensure they are considered for future CLFP Payments. The submission of 14070 signifies that a physician is:

  • Providing full-service family practice services to patients, and will continue to do so for the duration of that calendar year.
  • Confirming physician-patient relationship with existing patients through a standardized conversation or the “family physician – patient compact.”

Family physicians are encouraged to post the family physician – patient compact in their examination rooms and to have conversations with patients to confirm physician-patient relationships. See here for suggested approaches for enhancing relational continuity between family physicians (and their teams) and patients.

More information about the previous 2019 CLFP Payment.

New to Practice Family Physicians

Previously, new to practice family physicians were not eligible for the CLFP Payment based on its requirement for physicians to be the Majority Source of Care (MSOC) provider for 50 or more patients in the previous calendar year. Based on physician feedback, the GPSC updated the CLFP Payment to support the recruitment and retention of family physicians.

Eligible new to practice family physicians will receive an email in January 2021 from GPSC with instructions on how to claim their payment. Family physicians who meet the requirements, listed below, will be eligible for a new to practice CLFP Payment of $3000.

To be eligible, new to practice family physicians must:

  • Have started medical practice in BC on or after April 1, 2016.
  • Meet the requirements for and submit the GPSC Portal Code (14070) in 2020.
  • Not have qualified for regular CLFP Payments in previous years (2019 and 2020).
  • Began practicing as a community longitudinal family physician in BC prior to August 1, 2020.

Each physician can only receive the new to practice CLFP Payment once. Physicians receiving the new to practice CLFP Payment will no longer be eligible for future new to practice CLFP Payments in subsequent years (but may be eligible for regular CLFP Payments).

If you have any questions, please contact gpsc.billing@doctorsofbc.ca.