Common Billing Mistakes: MSP Fee Code 00081

In this series we're going to cover common billing mistakes and how to avoid them. This will save you from potential headaches with rejected billings, and help you get paid for your services faster.

Today we're tackling an MSP fee code for practitioners in British Columbia – 00081 (Emergency bedside care)

When to bill this code

Doctors can bill 00081 when evaluating, diagnosing and treating a critically ill patient who requires constant bedside care by the physician.

Per MSP, a critically ill patient has an immediately life threatening illness or injury associated with any of the following conditions:

  • Cardiac Arrest 
  • Multiple Trauma 
  • Acute Respiratory Failure 
  • Coma 
  • Shock 
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia with haemodynamic compromise 
  • Hypothermia 
  • Other immediate life threatening situations 

This fee code includes the following procedure items where required: defibrillation, cardioversion, peripheral intravenous lines, arterial blood gases, nasogastric tubes with or without lavage and urinary catheters (as part of a cardiac arrest). 

Tips for billing & mistakes to avoid

00081 is billable for active hands on Life Saving Management only. 

It is NOT payable for:   

  • Managing the patient's family
  • Discussion with other health care professions
  • Arranging transfers.
  • Call out or continuing care n/a with critical care fee codes.

The note section for your claim must be concise. Keep it under 20 characters to get it paid faster. You must indicate what was the urgent issue and what action was performed.

Keep is short! For example:

  • ACLS protocols
  • Bagged
  • Cardioversion
  • Catheter insertion
  • Central line insertion
  • CPR
  • Infusion
  • Intubated
  • IV meds
  • O2
  • Transfusion
  • Ventilated 

Reason for rejections:

  • This code is billable in 30 min blocks and you must state what hands on life saving action occurred per each 30 min block.
  • It's billable with a visit/consult, but the visit is considered the first 30 minutes – 00081 is billable after that time period.
  • Billing more than one unit of 00081. You must indicate in the note section what was done during each 30 minute block, or it will be refused by MSP as they will ask for more details.