Changes to physicians’ payments for complex modifiers will not go ahead

Provincial Press Release March 17, 2020 @ 2:09pm

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

Tyler Shandro Minister of Health “During these unprecedented times, we want to ensure physicians on the front lines can focus solely on providing patient care. We’ve heard concerns that this change would result in what has been called ‘10-minute medicine.’ While we respectfully disagree with that characterization, we are nevertheless halting this change so that doctors can concentrate on the critical tasks at hand.

Dr. Christine Molnar, president, Alberta Medical Association “We appreciate the removal of the complex (time) modifier from Alberta Health’s physician funding framework. This is a significant step in supporting patients and physicians. There is still work to be done. We will work in any venue to advance patient care and to reach a formal agreement between physicians and Alberta Health.

A physician compensation advisory committee will be created to examine all aspects of the physician services funding model and make recommendations supporting the delivery of high-quality patient-focused health services to Albertans.

Quick facts

Complex modifiers are intended to provide incentives to doctors to spend more time with patients who have complex medical needs. The first modifier that general practitioners bill for a visit will remain at the 15-minute mark at the current rate of $18.48. Other complex modifiers will remain available at current rates and current time requirements. Alternatives to fee for service and complex modifiers will be developed with the assistance of the physician compensation advisory committee. The physician compensation advisory committee will be made up of the public, physicians and Alberta Health.

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