Bulletin Number
        April 9, 1999
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         Ministry of Health
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        Independent Health Facilities
Subject      April 1, 1999 Schedule of Facility Fees for Independent Health Facilities
  1. Purpose
  2. The purpose of this bulletin is to inform operators of Independent Health Facilities that a 1999 Schedule of Facility Fees has been issued effective April 1, 1999. The implementation of the new Schedule of Facility Fees coincides with the implementation of the Schedule of Benefits for Physician Services.

  3. Fee Increase
  4. An increase of 1.45% will be applied to all fees, and an additional 0.8% will be used to allow incorporation of OMA fee schedule changes. The OMA fee schedule changes represent new fee schedule codes, deleted fee schedule codes, and revisions to underweighted fees. None of these changes directly impact IHF fees or services. A description of these changes is listed in Appendix A to IHF bulletin number 2020 dated April 1, 1999.

    Facility fee reductions for 1999/2000 remain at 4.2%.

  5. Transitional Payment Rules
  6. The claims processing system will be programmed to pay the new fee in lieu of a lesser fee claimed for a transitional period to allow facilities time to update billing systems. A grace period of four months (to July 31, 1999) will be provided to all facilities.

  7. Communications and Web Site

This bulletin, an updated version of the Schedules and other background communications are available on the Ministry's web site at : www.health.gov.on.ca


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