New procedure for CL19 medical reports

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 58, No. 9, November 2016, Page 522 News

ICBC has adopted new policy and procedures for completing the CL19 Medical Report. The new approach is as follows:

  • ICBC agrees that a physician need only complete and return a CL19 based on a review of the patient’s file.
  • A special or separate office visit is not required for the purpose of completing the CL19.
  • ICBC currently pays a fee of $193.54 (inclusive of bonus) for the CL19, when completed.
  • If a physician informs ICBC that they intend to bill the CL19 at a rate higher than ICBC pays, ICBC has indicated they will confirm the withdrawal of their request.
  • The choice of whether to charge a higher rate is up to the individual physician.

Remember that when a request for records other than a CL19 occurs, as per the standards of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, you should obtain clear authorization from the patient or patient’s legal representative to release that information.

For questions or concerns around procedures, contact Ms Juanita Grant, Physician and External Affairs Department at or 604 638-2829.

. New procedure for CL19 medical reports. BCMJ, Vol. 58, No. 9, November, 2016, Page(s) 522 - News.

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