The BCP facility registration and attachment of a practitioner to the facility forms are now available on the BC Government website as an online application or a fill-and-print form. It is recommended that physicians complete and submit both forms in advance of the April 1, 2020 effective date.
Community-based offices with multiple eligible physicians should assign one physician to act as the Administrator and register the office for a Facility Number. It is not required that all physicians in the same clinic apply for a Facility Number. However, each eligible physician is required to complete an Attach Practitioner to MSP Facility Number application form using the Facility Number obtained by your Administrator. Confirmation of registration will be mailed to physicians via Canada Post.
Apply for Facility Number: https://my.gov.bc.ca/bcp/register-facility
Attach Practitioner to MSP Facility Number: https://my.gov.bc.ca/bcp/practitioner-registration
Fill and print form:
Apply for Facility Number: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/forms/2948fil.pdf
Attach Practitioner: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/forms/2950fil.pdf
The cancel or change details to a Facility Number form is currently only available as a fill and print form: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/forms/2949fil.pdf
Details covered in the session included eligibility criteria, how to register for a facility number, and EMR requirements for submitting BCP claims.
ELIGIBILITY: WHO OR WHAT IS ELIGIBLE FOR BCP?
Examples of ownership costs include mortgage, utilities, property taxes, etc.
Only the physicians who pay towards the rent, lease, or ownership costs of an eligible office would qualify for the BCP.
Yes, if the walk-in clinic is located in an eligible geographical location, and you are an eligible physician paying towards the lease, rent or ownership costs of the clinic.
Yes, if you work in a clinic that qualifies and part of your agreement is to cover some of the lease, rent, or ownership costs. The payment will be paid to the Payee number you have assigned on the Assignment of Payment form. The payment should be distributed between the host physician/clinic and locum as per your agreement.
No, eligible locations include the city of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, the greater Victoria area, and other communities not eligible for the RRP. There are other mechanisms in-place for funding in rural locations.
Yes, if it is an eligible clinic and you pay towards the lease, rent, or ownership costs.
Consultation, Visit, Counselling, and Complete Examination fees are eligible, all of which require face-to-face time with the patient. Procedural fees are currently not eligible for the BCP.
Yes, fee codes T13701 (Office Visit for COVID-19 with test) and T13702 (Office Visit for COVID-19 without test) are both eligible for the BCP, as Visits are considered an eligible service under the BCP criteria.
FACILITY NUMBER: OBTAINING A FACILITY NUMBER AND ATTACHING A PHYSICIAN
Not at this time. These are two separate forms. Practitioner attachment for the BCP can be completed online using a new electronic form, while the existing Assignment of Payment form must be submitted by Canada Post or fax.
If you practice at more than one eligible office (e.g. two offices) and pay towards the lease, rent, or ownership costs at both places, then you would be eligible for the BCP whenever you provide eligible services at either location. You must complete the Practitioner attachment for each unique eligible office.
REGISTRATION: APPLICATION QUESTIONS
Yes. If your registration isn’t complete until after April 1, you have two options to claim the BCP:
1. Hold your billing claims from April 1 onwards. Once your BCP registration has been completed (e.g. you have been assigned a facility number and completed the Practitioner Attachment process), submit your claims and the BCP will be applied to the eligible fees.
2. Continue submitting your billing claims as you typically would, and once your BCP registration has been completed you can resubmit your claims from April 1 onwards to claim the BCP on eligible fees.
PREMIUM: HOW WILL THE BCP BE PAID?
It will show up as a Level 1 adjustment on your remittance statement.
The BCP is an MSP payment and the sharing between physicians and clinic owners should be based on your current agreement regarding overhead costs, unless you agree to an alternative arrangement. The PMA clearly states that the BCP is for physicians, and therefore clinic owners cannot automatically retain all of the BCP.
OTHER QUESTIONS: EMR? CLAIMS SUBMISSION?
The Doctors Technology Office is consulting with the EMR vendor-community to gauge readiness for implementation. However, as there are 100+ Teleplan certified billing vendors, it is recommended that physicians follow up with their billing software company/EMR vendor for information regarding their specific software as soon as possible.
No. Existing fields do not identify the physical location of the community-based office. After registration an office will be assigned a unique Facility Number. The new Facility Number is the best field for administering the BCP given the technical parameters of the Teleplan system. It is a “mandatory field” which means that every software provider is already required to have that field built into their product, although you may not see it right now.
The claims system will be programmed to only apply the BCP to the eligible fee items submitted by eligible physicians. If you submit a non-BCP fee item, the system will process your claims in the usual manner and will not apply the premium.
The claim will be refused with an explanation that the practitioner has not been attached to the facility number.
For any questions regarding the BCP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.