New MSP fees effective as of 1 April have now been implemented. This includes new fee items, amendments, and rule changes that were proposed and approved for the 2013/14 fee allocation.
The updated fee guides are posted on the BCMA website at www.bcma.org/member-publications/bcma-guide-fees. Please keep in mind if you submit the old rate for a fee item, MSP will automatically pay you at the new rate with explanatory code BG (amount adjusted to the rate effective for this date of service).
The new rates can also be downloaded by accessing the Teleplan file at https://teleplan.hnet.bc.ca/.
BCMA and non-insured services fees
The revised BCMA fees and fees for non-insured services (A-lettered items) increased by 2% effective 1 April. These new fees are posted on the BCMA website at www.bcma.org/member-publications/bcma-guide-fees.
The GP and specialist sessional rates have been increased by 0.5% effective 1 April 2013. The new rates are posted on the BCMA website at www.bcma.org/member-publications/bcma-guide-fees.
Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee
of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally
accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.
About the ICMJE and citation styles
The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.
An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.
BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:
- Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
- There is no period after the journal name.
- Page numbers are not abbreviated.
For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit www.icmje.org