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Health check guidelines and billing for family physicians caring for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities ‑ Incentives to improve care

Posted by Jane Gaffney on August 3, 2021 in News
DFM_EM and KM
DFM_EM and KM

Congratulations to the Department of Family Medicine’s Dr. Karen McNeil, and Dr. Emily Gard Marshall alongside their peers Mike Joyce, MBA, and Brian Hennen, professor emeritus, whose article Health check guidelines and billing for family physicians caring for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities - Incentives to improve care was published in the Canadian Family Physician (CFP)—the official journal of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

The article examines the new fee codes that have been introduced in Nova Scotia to support family physicians caring for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who require extra time to meet their complex needs. Since the codes were introduced in 2012, physicians’ use has gradually increased, but uptake of the code for adult visits has been greater than that for complete physical examinations. Enhanced billing codes and continued promotion of the annual health check as per the 2018 Canadian consensus guidelines for adults with IDDs might make this proactive care item a priority.

Read the three key results that emerged from the analysis.