Chapter 1:
Medical Billing in Alberta

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Chapter 1: Medical Billing in Alberta

Medical billing may have a (well-earned) reputation for being complicated, but with a solid foundation of the basics, it can quickly become a straightforward part of your day. Download the full version of our Ultimate AHCIP Billing Guide for the tips you need to start billing accurately from the start.

Here is a brief overview of what we’ll cover in Chapter 1: 

1.1 Physician Payment Models

Canadian doctors get paid in a variety of different ways. Depending on your situation, you may even be compensated through multiple payment models at the same time. 

In the Ultimate AHCIP Billing Guide, you’ll learn the basics of the three most common payment models:

  • Fee-For-Service
  • Salary
  • Alternative Relationship Plans (ARPs)

1.2 The AHCIP Schedule of Medical Benefits

This section of our Ultimate AHCIP Billing Guide offers a quick overview of the Schedule of Medical Benefits (SOMB).This is a list of medical benefits insured under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan and is where you’ll find descriptions for fee codes and the dollar amount each one pays.

Did you know?

The SOMB is more than 1,000 pages long!

(Thankfully, most specialties have a core set of frequently-used codes and rules, which makes billing less daunting than it seems.)

1.3 How Claims are Submitted and Processed

Claims get submitted through the electronic data system called H-Link. H-Link is a secure web service that allows third-party software providers (billing services) to submit claims to AHCIP on your behalf. 

When you sign up with Dr.Bill, there is no need for you to register with H-Link since we are already connected. 

1.4 How And When Physicians Get Paid

AHCIP works on a weekly payment schedule. The cut-off date is every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and payment is made on the Friday of the following week for any claims submitted prior to the Thursday cut off. 

Payments will be deposited directly into your bank account.

1.5 AHCIP Reports You’ll Receive

Shortly after you submit your claims, you’ll receive two reports: a Remittance Advice (RA) Report and an Error Code Report

These reports are helpful for bookkeeping and essential for keeping track of claims.

Decode Error Reports

Use our explanatory code list to quickly find error code explanations so you know what to do to correct your claim. 

Chapter 2: How to Get Started Billing AHCIP