The key components of Tariff 8473, Patient Care Family Conference, are as follows:
- The conference must relate to the care and treatment of a patient.
- There is no specific requirement as to the condition of the patient nor the subject matter of the conference. The tariff description provides someexamples of what conditions a patient may have and what may be discussed during the conference.
i)discussions about the condition and care of a patient with one or more of the following conditions:
- serious and complex problems
- a catastrophic or terminal illness
- developmental and multiple handicap disorders
- chronic pain
ii) the assessment of the need of care from other providers and/or community agencies.
NOTE: These are examples only. The patient who is the subject of a Patient Care Family Conference may have a condition other than those listed above, and the subject matter of the conference may be something other than that listed above.
- The conference does not have to be formally scheduled.
- The conference may immediately precede or follow a patient visit (but claim cannot be made for a conference that takes place during the same time frame as the patient visit.
- The patient may or may not be present at the conference.
- A maximum of one hour may be claimed per conference.
- A maximum of twelve 15 minute sessions per patient per year may be claimed. Additional conferences may be claimed By Report.
- The rate is payable for the first full 15-minute period of the conference or for each additional 15-minute period or major portion thereof.
- The tariff may be claimed by all blocs of practice, except of Psychiatry and Physical Medicine
- The conference must be documented in the patient chart in accordance with the requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (and Manitoba health has the right to request a copy of this entry in the patient chart to support the claim).
Some physicians who have had their claims under tariff 8473 audited by Manitoba Health have been led to believe that they have failed to comply with certain “requirements” of the tariff, which “requirements” do not exist. In particular:
Physicians who have had claims under Tariff 8473 rejected by Manitoba Health should contact Doctors Manitoba for advice and assistance, including, where appropriate, the filing of a grievance.