I hope this newsletter finds our members doing well and healthy despite the miserable â€œspringâ€ we have had in Ontario. We can only hope that the predictions for a â€œhotter than usualâ€ June, July & August come true.
It would appear that the Arthroscopic â€œ2 R codesâ€ problem has mostly settled with the action of the OMA board after this became apparent. The OMA and the MOH have agreed to allow 2 R codes without the mandatory review for most routine procedures. However, I am still receiving the occasional report of denied and/or significant delays in payment. We are trying to work through these with our contacts at the OMA. Dana Fleming is doing the majority of work in this area with his experience as Tariff Chair. Be sure to review his â€œBilling Cornerâ€ for tips and tricks to try and stay ahead of the game.
The AGM is on track again for this year. It will be at the Westin Prince Hotel the weekend of November 4 & 5th. Plan to attend, as Co-Chairs David Bardana and Jeremy Hall have an excellent academic and practical program as usual. As those who have attended will know, it is extremely good education for its value! Further information will be available as the program is finalized.
I read with interest Dana Flemingâ€™s article in our last newsletter about EMRâ€™s. I have been currently investigating changing my practice over to EMR. The decisions are not easy and I suggest you consult as many experts as possible. Also, the Ontario government has already allocated all the funds they have set aside for specialists. However, you are encouraged to apply as they feel there is a â€œgood business caseâ€ to provide more funding for our group. It is important to know that if you purchase an EMR without prior approval, you will not be eligible for funding.
I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the COA meeting, the 1st week of July on â€œThe Rockâ€. As we all know, Newfoundlanders are great hosts and it should be a great event both academically and socially. Donâ€™t miss â€œThe Kitchen Partyâ€ on Saturday night.
I hope you enjoy our spring newsletter. I wish you a happy and restful summer. Please enjoy!