Ontario Society of Chiropodists Procedure Codes and Fee Guide Update
The OSC has been working on updating the Chiropody Suggested Procedure
Codes and Fee Guide and hope to finalize and release it in the fall.
The OSC Chiropody Suggested Procedure Codes and Fee Guide is intended to
serve as a reference to enable the development of structured,
standardized procedure codes and fees in order to create and maintain
consistent lines of communication between chiropody offices and the
insurance companies processing patients' extended health care claims.
* The Society has no interest in regulating what individual
chiropodists charge for various procedures. Cost or price decisions can
be left up to individual clinicians working across the province. One
that is fair and reasonable to both the patients and to the
practitioner. The fees listed within OSC fee guide are not mandatory,
only suggested, and each practitioner is expected to determine the fees
which will be charged for the services performed.
*The Society's ability to articulate and demonstrate the value of
the profession of chiropody to the Minister of Health and Long-term Care
and other key stakeholders has been undermined by a comprehensive lack
of data. We have struggled to be able to easily answer questions
relating to who is doing what, how often, where, why and for whom.
* To address this "data gap" the Society is proposing to introduce
a coding system that we can all use to ensure that we're all describing
apples as apples and oranges and oranges - and so the Board will have
access to an expanded array of evidence we can use to articulate why
investing in chiropody is money well spent.
* To increase access to electronic billing and EDI transactions.
Insurance companies write programs to read and process the billing codes
hence why a standard coding system is required. This would allow you to
offer your patients additional value and lower out-of-pocket expenses
by submitting their claims on their behalf. It provides a direct link
between patients and insurers to streamline claims processing and
shorten reimbursement times for providers resulting in increased client
satisfaction and loyalty due to fewer out-of-pocket expenses; your
clients pay only the portion not covered by their group insurance. It
would provide real-time confirmation of claim payments as a web-based
claims service providing faster claims processing and increased
If some of you are particularly concerned and would like to volunteer
and provide input working with the OSC Fee Guide Committee, please
forward your email to firstname.lastname@example.org