With the onset of COVID-19 pandemic a year ago, Doctors of BC implemented a work-from-home protocol to keep staff and members safe and healthy. Simultaneously, physicians recognized the need for insurance to protect their assets and provide peace of mind to their family, and demand for our services increased significantly.
For the Doctors of BC Insurance Department, this meant shifting our 22-person team of advisors, administrators, and support staff from a paper-based office environment to a fully remote setting. Doctors of BC worked closely with the insurance carriers and our IT team to ensure continuous and seamless support during this time of uncertainty. As a result, digital processes were developed and enhanced to ensure all insurance applications and queries were handled confidentially and in a timely manner.
Here are some of the ways physicians can now interact virtually with Doctors of BC for their insurance needs:
- Schedule appointments with insurance advisors via a 24/7 online booking system.
- Use enhanced videoconferencing technology via your tablets, desktops, and mobile devices to stay connected on a personal level.
- Complete and sign most applications digitally (eliminating the need to print and manually sign).
- Access higher limits of insurance coverage without providing blood or urine tests, thanks to updated underwriting guidelines. (Please ask your insurance advisor for details.)
- Access individual insurance certificates outlining coverage and plan details online in the members area of the Doctors of BC website.
- Pay invoices online, or set up automatic direct debit payments (complete a banking change form to begin).
- Submit forms electronically to change or add beneficiaries on your life insurance or accidental death and dismemberment policies or to add new dependents or office staff to your health and dental plan.
We look forward to seeing you again in person, but until then, we are a phone call, email, or Zoom meeting away for all your insurance needs.
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Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee
of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally
accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.
About the ICMJE and citation styles
The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.
An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.
BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:
- Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
- There is no period after the journal name.
- Page numbers are not abbreviated.
For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit www.icmje.org