Bulletin Number
        November 1, 2001
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         Ministry of Health
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       Physicians, Hospitals, Clinics, Laboratories
Subject      Malpractice Coverage Reimbursement – 2002 Coverage Year

 The automation of malpractice fee reimbursements for members of the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) was introduced for the 2001 coverage year.  Overall the new process was a success, and in an effort to improve service we are introducing some changes for the 2002 coverage year.  The reimbursement options available will remain the same, only the administration of the process will change.

To expedite the introduction of the new reimbursement options for the 2001 coverage year, the CMPA agreed to distribute and record all information related to the process.  This did assist in introducing the new options; however, the ministry did not have information readily available to deal with inquiries regarding payments.  Feedback has indicated that physicians would prefer to communicate directly with the ministry regarding reimbursement information.  To that end, the ministry will now assume responsibility for recording all information specific to the reimbursement payment.

The ministry, with the assistance of the CMPA and OMA, has developed a new Reimbursement Participation Form which will be distributed with the 2002 CMPA membership renewal.  The revised form provides the CMPA with authorization to transfer information to the ministry as well as authorizing the ministry to process the reimbursement entitlement in the manner selected.

The new form must be completed even if a Reimbursement Participation Form for 2001 was submitted.  Two (2) copies of the new form will be returned to the CMPA who in turn will forward the original to the ministry.  Provided all eligibility requirements are met, the reimbursement option selected will remain in effect for subsequent coverage years.  The reimbursement option may be changed with a signed Reimbursement Participation Form indicating a change in option is requested. 

If a completed Reimbursement Participation Form is not received by January 1, 2002, the ministry will default your reimbursement payment option for the 2002 coverage year to Option C - Regular Annual Reimbursement and a ministry Application for Reimbursement will be sent to you along with your CMPA Acknowledgement of payment, early in 2003. 

For your convenience a malpractice reimbursement payment options reference sheet is attached.  If you have any further questions regarding the reimbursement program or a specific application inquiry, please contact the ministry at 1-613-547-1814.

Inquiries regarding CMPA membership or malpractice fees should be directed to Membership Services at the CMPA at 1-800-267-6522.

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