Effective July 1, 2022, clients of Aboriginal Midwives in Ontario will receive more equitable access to care. Aboriginal Midwives may now make direct referrals to physicians (including to specialists) and order prenatal ultrasounds.
This announcement also means that physicians will be eligible for payment by OHIP for providing assessments requested by either an Aboriginal Midwife or a midwife registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario.
No new fee codes are required. Instead, the following fee codes have been updated:
|A800 / C800||Midwife or Aboriginal Midwife-requested genetic assessment|
|A801 / C801||Comprehensive midwife or Aboriginal Midwife-requested genetic assessment|
|A802 / C802||Extended midwife or Aboriginal Midwife-requested genetic assessment|
|A813 / C813||Midwife or Aboriginal Midwife-Requested Assessment (MAMRA)|
|A815 / C815||Midwife or Aboriginal Midwife-Requested Special Assessment (MAMRSA)|
|A816 / C816||Midwife or Aboriginal Midwife-Requested Anaesthesia Assessment (MAMRAA)|
|K224||Clinical interpretation requested by a midwife or Aboriginal Midwife|
In addition to the above, ultrasounds for normal, complicated or high-risk pregnancy (excluding the postpartum period) rendered in an Independent Health Facility or hospital are insured when referred by a registered midwife or Aboriginal Midwife.
NOTE: The six-digit OHIP identification number for the referring Aboriginal Midwife is required when submitting claims. For information on obtaining an Aboriginal Midwife OHIP identification number, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating a Consistent Direct Referral Process for all Practicing midwives in Ontario:
“These changes will promote continuity of care within a culturally appropriate context for clients,” explains the recent Ministry bulletin announcing the update. “As of July 1, 2022, the direct referral process for clients to physicians, including specialists, will be consistent for all practicing midwives in Ontario.”
“The term Aboriginal Midwife refers to midwives practicing under the exemption in the Regulated Health Professions Act (1991), whereby they are not required to be members of the College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO). This exemption recognizes and supports the autonomy of Indigenous midwives to provide traditional midwifery services to Indigenous persons or members of an Indigenous community.”
Read the complete original INFOBulletin posted by the Ontario Ministry of Health.
Questions About Billing Using the Updated Codes?
Dr.Bill users can start billing using the updated codes (along with the six-digit OHIP identification number for the referring Aboriginal Midwife) as soon as the codes take effect on July 1, 2022. Questions? Contact us or direct message us right in the Dr.Bill app.