BUSINESS COST PREMIUM EXPANDS TO INCLUDE TELEHEALTH FEES DURING COVID-19
Effective May 1, 2020, the Business Cost Premium (BCP) is being temporarily expanded to apply to telehealth fee items, including phone and video communication with patients.
This change ensures the BCP is paid during the COVID-19 pandemic, given these services would have normally been provided in person in physician’s offices.
To receive the BCP on telehealth fees, please ensure your claims include a registered facility number and a community-based office service location code.
While telehealth services do not need to be provided in your office, an appropriate facility number and service location code need to be entered on the claim in order for the BCP to be paid.
The facility number and location code should be based on where the service would have been provided if it had been performed in person.
Please click here for the rules and telehealth fees that are eligible for the BCP.
For more information on the BCP, including how to register, click here.
The BCP change is just one of a wide range of temporarily billing and fee code changes to support physicians during COVID-19. We encourage you to review all the changes here.
If you have questions about how they may apply to your practice e-mail email@example.com.
For a list of COVID-19 resources available to you, visit doctorsofbc.ca/covid-19.
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.