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Divisions of Family Practice
Divisions Dispatch
January 27, 2020


Updates to the GPSC PMH Assessment better support practices and communities

More than 2,300 family physicians have completed the GPSC’s Patient Medical Home (PMH) Assessment at least once since it was introduced in 2017.

Based on feedback from family physicians and from local divisions, the GPSC has made improvements to the PMH Assessment.

These updates aim to enhance the quality of the data collected and the user’s experience in completing the survey. 

As of January 24, 2020, the latest version of the PMH Assessment will include:

  • New questions related to primary care networks.
  • New questions that expand key PMH attributes.
  • New optional questions specific to implementing team-based care in practices.
  • More consistent and clear language, terminology and response options.

Learn more about the GPSC PMH Assessment, including available compensation and accreditation and how to get started with the Assessment.

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Family physicians receive GPSC’s new payment supporting longitudinal care

The GPSC’s first Community Longitudinal Family Physician (CLFP) Payment was paid to eligible family physicians on January 15, 2020 by MSP Teleplan. The CLFP Payment is identified on the MSP remittance statement as Adjustment Code “CP”.

The CLFP Payment was paid to the payee number where GPSC Portal Code (G14070) was first submitted in 2019. This new CLFP Payment is not a retroactive payment; retroactive payments are identified by adjustment code “80.”

CLFP Payments ranged from $3,000 to $12,000, with the majority of eligible physicians receiving $4,000 to $8,000. The exact payment amount for individual physicians is in the MSP remittance statement.

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Payment made: GPSC increases maternity and in-hospital fees

Eligible family doctors who provide maternity care and in-patient care in hospitals received retroactive payments on their January 15, 2020 remittance statement for the rate increases introduced by the GPSC last year. Retroactive payments are identified by adjustment code “80.”

The MSP system has been updated with the new rates since December 2019. The rate increases have been paid retroactively to April 1, 2019. The increases apply for the first hospital visit of the day (P13338) and the first 25 deliveries of the calendar year (G14004/5/8/9).

The decision to increase rates was made by the GPSC to recognize the role of family doctors in providing maternity care and in-patient care in hospitals. The committee recognizes that the increases are one step of many needed to address the challenges facing maternity care and in-patient care, and felt it was important to direct funding to signal support at this time while work continues toward longer term solutions.  

Click here for more detailed information about the rate increases.

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Reminder to submit GPSC Portal Codes (G14070, G14071)

Eligible family physicians (FPs) are reminded to submit the GPSC Portal (G14070) or GPSC Locum Portal Code (G14071) at the start of the new year.

The submission of G14070 signifies that a FP is:

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

The submission of G14071 signifies that a FP is:

  • Providing full-service family practice services to the patients of host physicians who have submitted G14070, and will continue to do so for the locum coverage.

Submitting G14070/G14071 enables FPs to be eligible to bill the following fee codes:

  • G14075 GP Frailty Complex Care Planning and Management Fee
  • G14076 GP Patient Telephone Management Fee
  • G14077 GP Allied Care Provider Conferencing Fee
  • G14078 GP Email/Text/Telephone Medical Advice Relay Fee
  • G14029 GP Allied Care Provider Practice Code

Additionally, submitting G14070 on an annual basis is a requirement of the new GPSC Community Longitudinal Family Physician Payment.

Reminder: GPSC billing webinars on January 27 and 28

Family physicians are encouraged to join two upcoming billing webinars about GPSC fees and select MSP fees, as part of the six-session winter 2020 series. 

Session 1: MSP Basics – Introduction to Billing for Family Practice
Monday, January 27, 2020 at 6pm-7:30pm | Register

Session 2: GPSC Billing Part 1
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 6pm-7:30pm | Register

Click here for details, including content to be covered in each session, and upcoming webinar dates.

Physicians are encouraged to join the live, scheduled webinars to receive information that is up-to-date, advice that is relevant, and opportunities for real-time engagement. Webinars are not recorded.

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DTO launches new health technology webinar series

Doctors Technology Office (DTO) is kicking off a series of online sessions called DTO Partner Connects, in response to requests for more information on health technology projects and works-in-progress. These sessions are targeted for internal and external partners who support physicians on the ground (e.g. Divisions staff, PCN Managers, PSP RSTs, etc.). The goal is to equip primary care partners with additional knowledge and resources that will enable them to better support physicians and communities as it relates to their own unique work. A technology background is not required.

The first session is scheduled for February 5 and will focus on the new Business Cost Premium: who is eligible, how to be ready to claim, and what are the EMR requirements.

If you haven’t already received an invite containing the registration link, or if you have any questions about the series, please contact

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Nanaimo-based family doctor featured on Doctors Making a Difference series

Nanaimo Divisions of Family Practice member, Dr Jessica Otte, has been featured on the Doctors of BC series, Doctors Making a Difference.

Dr Otte’s began in family practice and palliative and elder care at Nanaimo General Hospital. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor for the UBC Family Practice residency program, an educator with UBC’s Therapeutics Initiative, and has recently accepted the position of Chair for the Doctors of BC’s Council on Health Economics and Policy (CHEP).

Click here to read the story.

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Society of General Practitioners new brand launch and event

To better reflect their work in the community, the Society of General Practitioners of BC (SGP) will be launching a new identity in February. SGP advocates for the economic and professional well-being of family doctors and serves as their economic and political voice.

The rebranding launch will take place at an in-person event on February 13, 2020 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Vancouver.

Click here for more details and to register.

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Updated Health Care Consent Part 3 FAQ

Previously circulated in the December 11, 2019 Divisions Dispatch has been updated to add some clarification to the ‘role’ and ‘conducting an assessment’ FAQ areas in response to feedback from physicians.

Read the FAQs here.

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BC Cancer Family Practice Oncology Network CME webcasts

BC Cancer’s Family Practice Oncology Network holds monthly Oncology CME webcasts presented with the University of British Columbia’s Division of Continuing Professional Development. All webcasts take place between 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. PST and there is no cost to take part. Webcasts are certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for one Mainpro+ credit each. Upcoming webcasts are as follows:

  • February 20: Fertility Preservation in Cancer Patients presented by
  • Dr Beth Taylor, Fertility Doctor and Endocrinologist, Olive Fertility Centre
  • March 19: Immunization in Childhood Cancer presented by Dr Rod Rassekh, Pediatric Oncologist, BC Children’s Hospital
  • April 16: Prostate Cancer presented by Dr Michael Peacock, Radiation Oncologist, BC Cancer – Vancouver

For more information or to register, click here. Additional Mainpro+ credits can be earned through the College’s Linking Learning exercises.

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Registration open for new primary care learning sessions for colorectal cancer

BC Cancers’ newly launched Primary Care Learning Sessions are CME accredited online sessions offering an interactive, clear way to increase cancer care knowledge.

Learn best practices in screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, surveillance and late effects of colorectal cancer. This session is accredited for up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credits.

Click here to register, or for more information email

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Invitation to participate in study about routine growth monitoring in infancy

Family physicians are invited to participate in a study to better understand the risks and benefits of growth monitoring in infancy which could have implications for practitioners, policy makers, and patients. This survey will focus on the current use of growth monitoring methods in British Infant Growth Monitoring.

Click here for more information and to take the survey. For any questions please contact Ilona Hale at or Stephanie Obara at

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Remote patient tracking available through Island Health's PowerChart

The Remote Patient Monitoring mPage within PowerChart provides an opportunity for family physicians and healthcare professionals in Island Health to track and trend data entered by Home Health Monitoring (HHM) and Virtual Palliative Supportive Care (VPSC) patients as they complete their daily interviews and biometric readings.
Community Health clinicians monitor and respond to patient data with appropriate care interventions. With the data available to all providers and clinicians on the patient’s care team, it’s easy to make care decisions based on how the patient is functioning at home.

For more information on the HHM program, please visit the Home Health Monitoring page on the Island Health public website or email for more details.

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Invitation to refer patients throughout the Okanagan Valley to participate in clinical trials

Okanagan Clinical Trials (OCT) is encouraging physicians to identify and refer patients who are eligible for, and willing to participate in, the following clinical trials that are currently open for recruitment:

  • MCI/AD-for people between 50-90 years of age who may or may not be taking an AChE I or Memantine, and have mild memory problems.
  • Autism-for people who are 19 years and up with a WASI II ≥ 70, and either diagnosed or suspect Autism Spectrum Disorder. WASI II and ADOS-II will be completed as part of screening (recruitment to end soon).

Physicians can advise their patients the website, and leave their contact information here.

For more information or for FPs interested in being an investigator, visit the website or email Dr Kim Christie at

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Free hypertension prevention program from Heart and Stoke

Family physicians are encouraged to refer their patients who would benefit from lifestyle changes to prevent hypertension to Activate, a free six-month wellness program that helps Canadians manage blood pressure by providing tools and support. Participants have access to an online platform with curated content, trackers, and a personal health coach, and are provided a two-month YMCA membership, one personal training session, and workshops with a registered dietitian at Loblaws.

Activate is for individuals aged 40 years or older who are not taking blood pressure medication and have a systolic reading between 121-139 (or, if living with diabetes, 121-129). Activate volunteers will measure blood pressure for participants.

The recruitment process will be open until June 30, 2020.

FPs can refer patients to book an appointment by clicking here.

For further information and/or promotional materials at no cost, please contact

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Divisions in the news

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January 9, 2020 Provincial Vernon Morning Star Health care access, cost of travel top concerns for B.C. rural residents
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January 23, 2020 Shuswap North Okanagan Vernon Morning Star Doctors dispute need for Salmon Arm urgent and primary care centre
January 23, 2020 South Okanagan Similkameen Castanet Family practice 'dying': Call for help building South Okanagan family doctor practices

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