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Bulletin Number
        2018
Date
        February 26, 1999
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         Ministry of Health
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        Independent Health Facilities
Subject     CHANGE IN DEADLINE FOR THE CONVERSION TO THE YEAR 2000 COMPLIANT CLAIM SUBMISSION TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Further to the February 12, 1999 Remittance Advice message and Ministry of Health Divisional Communication ‘Data Link’ dated March 31, 1998, please be advised that the deadline date for the acceptance by the Ministry of old format claims submissions has been changed from March 18, 1999 to July 18, 1999.

As of July 19, 1999, claims submitted to the Ministry in an electronic format, such as diskettes, magnetic tapes or via electronic data transfer, must be submitted using the new Year 2000 compliant version of the claims submission, technical specifications. Claims submitted in the previous format, will not be payable until submitted in the new format.

Providers that have not yet converted to the new claim submission, technical specifications for Year 2000 compliance are advised to contact their Medical Software Vendors for assistance.

Providers are also reminded that the Department of Finance of Revenue Canada has made amendments to the Income Tax Regulations to help small and medium sized businesses address the Year 2000 computer compliance problem. These amendments will allow accelerated capital cost allowance deductions of up to $50,000 for computer hardware and software acquired between January 1, 1998, and June 30, 1999, to replace similar property acquired before 1998 that is not Year 2000 compliant. Health care providers should contact Revenue Canada for details.

LOCATION CODES

Further to Data Links 98-003 and 98-004, the deadline for submission of location code has been changed to July 19, 1999. This affects physicians registered with the ministry after

December 15, 1996.

The location code is a new field on the claim representing the geographic location in which the insured service was rendered.

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