New COPD bonuses effective now

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 51, No. 8, October 2009, Page 358 News

Effective 15 September 2009, GPs may bill for an annual bonus amount of $125 for clinical guidelines–based management of patients with chronic pulmonary disease (COPD). In addition to the COPD CDM incentive (G14053), physicians may also bill for up to four telephone/e-mail follow-up management fees (G14073) for these patients over the following 12 months.

Eligible GPs include those physicians: 
• With a valid BC MSP practitioner number (registered specialty 00), except those who have billed any specialty consultation fee in the previous 12 months.
• Whose majority professional activity is in full-service family practice as described in the introduction.
• Who have provided the patient the majority of their longitudinal general practice care over the preceding year, and have provided the requisite level of guideline-based care.

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