May 16, 2003
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Fees for Telephone Services During the S.A.R.S Emergency.
In consultation with the Ontario Medical Association, the
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is introducing three new fee schedule
codes on a time limited basis to the Physician Schedule of Benefits effective
April 1, 2003 in response to the current Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (S.A.R.S.)
emergency. These codes will allow physicians to receive fee-for-service payments
for telephone services provided under certain specific circumstances. These
include if either the physician or the patient is under quarantine or isolation
or if a physical encounter between a physician and patient could not occur as
scheduled at a hospital or out-patient clinic due to the S.A.R.S. emergency.
The following text will be inserted on page lii of the General Preamble section of the Schedule of Benefits:
32. Telephone Services in Response to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
“applicable period” has the same meaning as “applicable period” in the SARS Assistance and Recovery Strategy Act, 2003.
Despite any requirement in this Schedule or Regulation 552 under the Health Insurance Act that:
(a) a direct physical encounter occur between the physician
and the patient, or
the services described below as K080, K081 and K082 are insured during the applicable period when the following conditions are met:
1. the service is rendered by a physician other than one who
is compensated for rendering insured
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