How Can I Start Using Virtual Care?
The Ministry of Health (the Ministry) and the Ontario Medical Association have been working together to implement the 2021 Physician Services Agreement (PSA). K-codes that fund virtual care and other COVID-19-related physician funding have been extended to December 1, 2022. Please review InfoBulletin 220901 for details. Please review InfoBulletin 221002 for an update to New Virtual Care Funding Framework-Updated Schedule of Benefits and visit the OMA website for further details.
As per INFOBulletin #220901-Implementation of the new Virtual Care Funding Framework and INFOBulletin #221002-New Virtual Care Funding Framework-Updated Schedule of Benefits the new virtual care funding framework set out in the PSA will take effect on December 1, 2022, at which point video visits delivered through the Ontario Virtual Care Program (OVCP) will be transitioned into the OHIP insured framework in accordance with the pricing structure, rates and payment parameters outlined in the PSA.
Note: For clarity, OTN as a video platform, will remain in place.
Please visit the OMA’s website’s Billing and Compensation page for further details and the latest information on virtual care billing.
Ontario Health (Digital Services) has created instructions for physicians on how to get ONE ID credentials to use provincial digital health systems such as the OTN virtual care tools. Physicians can visit the CPSO website to get ONE ID credentials or check to see if you already have them.
There are also other tools you can leverage for your practice to enhance the flow of patients, enable their care at home, or allow you to communicate with them. Some are offered by EMR vendors and some are stand alone. All the tools below have stated that they comply with Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), and consent for use is collected by the tool upon patient sign-up.
EMRs have other workflow assistance built into their core functionality that can assist with working virtually. Here is a sample of what they offer:
COVID-19 Tools For EMRs
OntarioMD has collected some digital tools available in TELUS PS Suite, OSCAR, and Accuro EMRs designed to assist with COVID-19 documentation. We’ve included instructions to help you access them within your EMR.
Accuro EMR COVID-19 Tools: Go to Form Publisher in Accuro to Access
OSCAR EMR COVID-19 Tools:
TELUS PS Suite EMR COVID-19 Tools:
OntarioMD is available to support you! Our Insights4Care (i4C) Advisory Service can assist you with redesigning office workflows to support virtual care, and to customize EMR tools to assist with managing the COVID-19 pandemic. To connect with a member of our staff, contact firstname.lastname@example.org