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COVID-19 Temporary MSP Billing Code Changes in BC (Repost from Dr. Bill)

(This article was originally posted on Dr-Bill.ca. We are reposting it here to help pass on this important physician information to our community. You can view the original post here: https://www.dr-bill.ca/blog/covid-19-temporary-msp-billing-changes)


MSP has introduced temporary billing changes that allow telehealth fees to be used when the service is rendered over the telephone. These codes help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in British Columbia by keeping people at home and out of doctors’ offices, while still making sure your patients receive care. This includes services for all patients including COVID-19 patients. For face-to-face fee codes, like consultations, office visits, and non-procedural interventions (where there is no telehealth fee available) you just have to leave a note in the notes section of the claim stating that the service was provided by video or telephone. Furthermore, all General Practice daily volume limits have been suspended. When treating someone with services directly related to COVID-19 use diagnostic code C19.

Available MSP Telehealth Codes

Allergy & Immunology 30070 Telehealth Clinical Immunology and Allergy Consultation  30071 Telehealth Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy Consultation  30072 Telehealth repeat or limited Clinical Immunology and Allergy Consultation 

30076 Telehealth directive care   30077 Telehealth subsequent office visit    30078 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Anesthesiology 01155 Telehealth Anesthesiology Consultation


Cardiac Surgery 78010 Telehealth Consultation   78012 Telehealth repeat or limited Consultation  78007 Telehealth subsequent office visit   78008 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Cardiology 33110 Telehealth consultation  33112 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation  33114 Telehealth prolonged visit for counseling (maximum four per year)  33106 Telehealth directive care  33107 Telehealth subsequent office visit   33108 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Telehealth Single Chamber permanent programmable pacemaker testing

33126 Professional fee    33153 Technical fee


Telehealth Dual chamber permanent programmable pacemaker testing

33128 Professional fee   33154 Technical fee


Remote Monitoring of Single chamber implantable cardiac devices

33174 Professional fee   33175 Technical fee


Remote Monitoring of Dual chamber implantable cardiac devices

33176 Professional fee   33177 Technical fee


Chest Surgery 79210 Telehealth Consultation   79212 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation   79207 Telehealth subsequent office visit   79208 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Critical Care 01470 Telehealth Consultation   01472 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation


Dermatology 20210 Telehealth Consultation  20214 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation  20207 Telehealth subsequent office visit    20208 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Emergency Medicine No TeleHealth fee codes.


Endocrinology 33270 Telehealth Consultation   33272 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation   33276 Telehealth directive care   33277 Telehealth subsequent office visit    33278 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit    33260 Initial virtual consultation, with patient or representative/ family 33262 Repeat or limited virtual consultation within the same calendar year as 33260, where a  consultation for same illness is repeated within six months of the last visit by the consultant, or where  in the judgment of the consultant the consultative services do not warrant a full consultative fee. 33267 Subsequent virtual office visit, requiring a written individualized report to the GP 38.92  33250 Virtual communication with patient, or representative/family, for medically pertinent matters.


Gastroenterology 33360 Telehealth Consultation   33362 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation   33366 Telehealth directive care    33367 Telehealth subsequent office visit   33368 Telehealth subsequent hospital visitGeneral Internal Medicine 32370 Telehealth Consultation  32372 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation  32271 Telehealth Complex Consultation  32376 Telehealth directive care    32378 Telehealth subsequent hospital visitInternal Medicine 32270 Telehealth Consultation  32272 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation   32276 Telehealth directive care   32277 Telehealth subsequent office visit 32278 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


General Practice 13036 Telehealth GP in‐office Consultation    13037 Telehealth GP in‐office Visit    13038 Telehealth GP in‐office Individual counseling for a prolonged visit for counseling (minimum time  per visit –20 minutes).


Telehealth GP in‐office Group Counseling For groups of two or more patients

13041 First full hour    13042 Second hour, per ½ hour or major portion thereof    13016 Telehealth GP out‐of‐office Consultation    13017 Telehealth GP out‐of‐office visit    13018 Telehealth GP out‐of‐office Individual counseling for a prolonged visit for counseling (minimum  time per visit –20 minutes).


Telehealth GP out‐of‐office Group Counseling For groups of two or more patients

13021 First full hour    13022 Second hour, per ½ hour or major portion thereof.   13020 Telehealth General Practitioner Assistant – Physical Assessment as requested by receiving  specialist – for each 15 minutes or major portion thereof. 13501 MAiD Assessment Fee: Assessor Prescriber Includes all requirements of a MAiD assessment,  including review of medical records, patient encounter and completion of the MAiD Assessment Record  (Prescriber). The assessment may be provided either in‐person or by video conference – per 15 minutes  or greater portion thereof. 13502 MAiD Assessment Fee: Assessor Includes all requirements of a MAiD assessment, including  review of medical records, patient encounter and completion of the MAiD Assessment Record (Assessor). The assessment may be provided either in person or by video conference – per 15 minutes or  greater portion thereof.


GPSC 14018 General Practice Urgent Telephone Conference with a Specialist Fee: Conferencing on an urgent  basis (within 2 hours of request for a telephone conference) with a specialist or GP with specialty training  by telephone followed by the creation, documentation, and implementation of a clinical action plan for the care of patients with acute needs, i.e. requiring attention within the next 24 hours and  communication of that plan to the patient or patient’s representative. 14019 GP: Advice fee to a Nurse Practitioner/Midwife ‐Telephone or In person.

14077 GP: Allied Care Provider Conference Fee: per 15 minutes or greater portion thereof.    14076 GP: Patient Telephone Management Fee.    14078 GP: Email/Text/Telephone Medical Advice Relay Fee   14021 GP with Specialty Training Telephone Advice; initiated by a Specialist, General Practitioner or  Allied Care Provider, Response within 2 hours. 14022 GP with Specialty Training Telephone Advice for Patient Management; Initiated by a Specialist, General Practitioner or Allied Care Provider, Response in One Week, per 15 minutes or portion thereof.  14023 GP with Specialty Training Telephone Patient Management/Follow‐Up.


General Surgery 70070 Telehealth Consultation  70072 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation  70077 Telehealth subsequent office visit   70078 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit    70076 Telehealth directive care in emergent surgical conditions – per visit.   

70080 Telehealth Complex consultation for management of malignancy. 70087 Telehealth Special office visit for new diagnosis or recurrent malignancy.


Geriatric Medicine 33470 Telehealth Consultation  33472 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation   33421 Telehealth Comprehensive geriatric consultation ‐ limited to patients aged 65 years+. 33422 Telehealth Geriatric reassessment ‐ subsequent to comprehensive consultation ‐ limited to  patients aged 65 years+. 33473 Telehealth Comprehensive cognitive consultation – for dementia or cognitive problems.   33474 Telehealth Geriatric reassessment subsequent to comprehensive consultation, for dementia or  cognitive problems. 33423 Telehealth Complex consultation – for 2 or more conditions.  33424 Telehealth Complex repeat or limited consultation – for 2 condition: Where a consultation for  same illness is repeated within six months of the last visit by the consultant, or where in the judgment of  the consultant the consultative services do not warrant a full consultative fee. 33476 Telehealth directive care   33426 Telehealth Comprehensive or complex directive care    33477 Telehealth subsequent office visit 33427 Telehealth Comprehensive or complex subsequent office visit 33478 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit   33428 Telehealth Comprehensive or complex subsequent hospital visit


Hematology / Medical Oncology 33570 Telehealth Consultation  33572 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation  33577 Telehealth subsequent office visit


Infectious Diseases 33630 Telehealth Consultation   33632 Telehealth Repeat or Limited Consultation  33636 Telehealth directive care   33637 Telehealth subsequent office visit   33638 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Laboratory Medicine 94070 Telehealth Consultation  94072 Telehealth repeat or Limited Consultation   94076 Telehealth directive care   94077 Telehealth subsequent office visit  94078 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Nephrology 33730 Telehealth Consultation 33732 Telehealth Repeat or Limited Consultation  33736 Telehealth directive care  33737 Telehealth subsequent office visit    33738 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Neurology 00470 Telehealth Consultation   00471 Telehealth Repeat or limited consultation   00476 Telehealth directive care    00477 Telehealth subsequent office visit   00478 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit   40441 Telestroke Consultation    40442 Follow‐up Telestroke neurological clinical monitoring and treatment for persisting ACVS: without  administration of tPA, per ½ hour or major portion thereof. 40443 Follow‐up Telestroke neurological clinical monitoring and treatment for persisting ACVS: with  administration of tPA, per ½ hour or major portion thereof. 40444 Follow‐up Telestroke ACVS relapse intervention, per ½ hour or major portion thereof.


Neurosurgery 03310 Telehealth Consultation   03312 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation  03317 Telehealth subsequent office visit  03318 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Obstetrics & Gynecology 04070 Telehealth Consultation  04072 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation  04077 Telehealth subsequent office visit (for gynecology visits only.)  04078 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Occupational Medicine No TH fees.


Ophthalmology 22010 Telehealth Consultation  22011 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation  22007 Telehealth subsequent office visit   22008 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Orthopedics No TH fees.


Otolaryngology No TH fees.


Pediatrics 50510 Telehealth Consultation  50511 Telehealth consultation for complex behavioural, developmental or psychiatric condition in a child  50512 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation  50514 Telehealth prolonged visit for counseling  50515 Telehealth Extended Consultation – exceeding 53 minutes (actual time spent with patient). 50516 Telehealth Extended Consultation – exceeding 68 minutes (actual time spent with patient).  50517 Telehealth Complex subsequent office visit – exceeding 12 minutes (at least 10 min. spent with  patient. 50518 Telehealth Complex subsequent office visit – exceeding 23 minutes (at least 20 min. spent with patient). 50519 Telehealth Complex subsequent office visit –  exceeding 38 minutes (at least 20 min. spent with patient).  50506 Telehealth directive care   50507 Telehealth subsequent office visit   50508 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 01770 Telehealth Formal Consultation  01772 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation: Where a formal consultation for the same illness is  repeated at an interval within six months of the last visit by the consultant 01776 Telehealth directive care   01777 Telehealth subsequent office visit   01778 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Plastic Surgery 66010 Telehealth Major Consultation  66012 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation  66007 Telehealth subsequent office visit   66008 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Psychiatry 60610 Telehealth Individual Consultation 60613 Telehealth Geriatric consultation (patients 75 years or older)  60622 Telehealth consultation: Emotionally disturbed child.


Repeat or Limited Telehealth Consultations

60625 Telehealth–Individual consultation   60614 Telehealth–Geriatric consultation   60626 Telehealth–Emotionally disturbed child


Telehealth Psychiatric Treatment

60607 Telehealth office visit to include services such as chemotherapy management and/or minimal  psychotherapy. 60608 Telehealth hospital in‐patient visit


Individual Telehealth Psychiatric Treatment

60630 per 1/2 hour   60631 per 3/4 hour   60632 per 1 hour.


Family/conjoint Telehealth Therapy: (two or more family members):

60633 per 1/2 hour   60635 per 3/4 hour   60636 per 1 hour   60638 per 1 ¼ hour   60639 per 1 ½ hour

60624 Telehealth clinical evaluation/interview of family member/close acquaintance/knowledgeable, professional involved in the patient’s care ‐ per 15 minutes or greater portion thereof. 60645 Telehealth Patient Management Conference ‐ meeting by specific appointment to discuss/plan patient management with third parties, including referring physicians or allied hospital staff (if an in‐ patient) or relatives, and/or community agency representatives/providers including psychologists, counsellors, case managers, home or specialty‐care nurses, social workers or other medical specialists or family practitioners – per 15 minutes or major portion thereof.


Radiology 83070 Telehealth Interventional Radiology Consultation


Respirology 32110 Telehealth Consultation 32112 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation  32114 Telehealth prolonged visit for counselling (maximum four per year).   32106 Telehealth directive care   32107 Telehealth subsequent office visit   32108 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Rheumatology 31110 Telehealth Consultation  31112 Telehealth Repeat or Limited Consultation  31106 Telehealth directive care  31107 Telehealth subsequent office visit   31108 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


SSC 10001 Urgent Specialist Advice – Initiated by a Specialist, General Practitioner or Health Care  Practitioner. Verbal, real‐time response within 2 hours of the initiating physician’s or practitioner’s  request. i) Payable for telephone, video technology or face to face communication only. Not payable for written  communication (i.e. fax, letter, email). 10002 Specialist Advice for Patient Management – Initiated by a Specialist, General Practitioner, Allied  Care Provider, or coordinator of the patient’s care. Verbal real‐time response in 7 days of initiating  request – per 15 minutes or portion thereof.    i) Payable for telephone, video technology or face‐to face communication only. Not payable for written  communication (i.e. fax, letter, email.) 10003 Specialist Patient Management / Follow‐up – per 15 minutes or portion thereof. i) For verbal, real‐time telephone and video technology communication (including other forms of  electronic verbal communication) only. Not payable for written communication (i.e. fax, letter, e‐mail). 10005 Specialist Email Advice for Patient Management – Initiated by a Specialist, General Practitioner  or Allied Care Provider. Response within 7 days of request G10006 Specialist Email Patient Management / Follow‐up.


Urology 08070 Telehealth Consultation  08072 Telehealth repeat or limited consultation  08077 Telehealth subsequent office visit  08078 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Vascular Surgery 77710 Telehealth Consultation  77712 Telehealth Repeat or Limited Consultation  77707 Telehealth subsequent office visit 77708 Telehealth subsequent hospital visit


Printable version: All Virtual Service Fee Codes (from Doctors of BC).


Preamble Rule Changes

1. The first paragraph of preamble D.1

The first paragraph of preamble D.1 is amended and now reads

(bolded words have been added):

“Telehealth Service” is defined as a medical practitioner delivered health service provided to a patient through the use of video technology or telephone. "Video technology" means the recording, reproducing and broadcasting of live visual images utilizing a direct interactive video link with a patient. Services which are designated as telehealth services are payable by MSP. Consultations, office visits, and non-procedural interventions where there is no telehealth fee may be claimed under the face-to-face fee with a claim note record that the service was provided via telehealth. Telehealth services do not include teleradiology or tele-ultrasound, which are regulated by their specific Sectional Preambles.For your reference, it used to read as the following (bolded words have been eliminated): “Telehealth Service” is defined as a medical practitioner delivered health service provided to a patient via live image transmission of those images to a receiving medical practitioner at another approved site, through the use of video technology. "Video technology" means the recording, reproducing and broadcasting of live visual images utilizing a direct interactive video link with a patient. If the sending and/or receiving medical practitioner are not in a Health Authority approved site, the medical practitioner is responsible for the confidentiality and security of all records and transmissions related to the telehealth service. In order for payment to be made, the patient must be in attendance at the sending site at the time of the video capture. Only those services which are designated as telehealth services are payable by MSP. Other services/procedures require face-to-face encounters. Telehealth services do not include teleradiology or tele-ultrasound, which are regulated by their specific Sectional Preambles.2. Eliminated the note for Daily Volume Payment Rules Under the General practice section, the note for the daily volume amount has been eliminated, (as daily limits are suspended).


2. Eliminated the note for Daily Volume Payment Rules

Under the General practice section, the note for the daily volume amount has been eliminated, (as daily limits are suspended).


Here’s the deleted note:




For more information on the changes please see the original message from Doctors of BC.


If, at any time, you have any questions regarding the available fee codes, or under what situation you can use them, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dr Bill.

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