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14. If I have additional questions, who do I contact?

General Questions Gail Scott Director, Medical Affairs Email: gascott@ihis.org Phone: 902-368-3692 Billing Questions Lauren Kelly Weyman Manager, Physician Services – FM Email: lekelly@ihis.org Phone: 902-368-6736 Locum Questions Nadine MacLean Manager, Physician Services – Specialists Email : nmmaclean@gov.pe.ca Phone : 902-368-6147

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13. I am a physician and many of my clinical services have been cancelled; I have capacity to assist where I am needed. Who do I contact to discuss where I can be of value?

Thank you for your cooperation in being re-deployed where you are needed most. At this time, please contact your medical director/program medical director/department head to discuss this option. Here is a listing of current medical directors/program medical directors/department heads: Acute Care Medical Directors QEH Dr Hussam Azzam PCH Dr Wassim Salamoun Network Medical Directors West…

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11. I have just come back from out of country and am required to self-isolate. Will I be paid for my two weeks in isolation?

Salaried Physicians If you are a salaried physician, who is asymptomatic (not experiencing symptoms) be required to self-isolate, you will be placed on paid administrative leave. If you have the option/ability to do some virtual care from home, please discuss this with your Medical Director. Should a salaried physician develop any symptoms of COVID-19, such…

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10. I am a locum physician here, and there is a major effect on what I thought I was going to be paid for my services. What is being done to help me?

Health PEI foresees that the financial support as outlined in Question #9 would also apply to locum physicians. More information will be forthcoming on this as solutions are developed.

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9. I am a fee for service physician, and moving to essential services has a major effect on both my clinic, OR time and ambulatory care time. What is being done to help me?

Health PEI recognizes that individuals who are fee for services are independent and are impacted when essential services are in place and/or when patients cancel appointments since they cannot bill for services that were not rendered. To that end, Health PEI is working with Government officials to provide financial support to those significantly impacted by…

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8. Can I claim for more staff meetings than the max 2 per month that is currently permitted as per Preamble 32 for Administrative Meetings?

Given the unique situation that we find ourselves in with COVID-19, and as part of our temporary billing measures, we will temporarily allow billings for one staff meeting per week. This will also be reviewed again in mid April.

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7. How do I account for my time that I spend in COVID-19 planning?

For those physicians who are participating in COVID-19 planning meetings organized by Health PEI as part of our pandemic planning, you are eligible to bill fee code 0050 Administrative Meetings for time spent in these meetings. In the billing claim, please include in the comment “COVID-19 meeting”.

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6. I am planning to work a walk in clinic. Can I call patients on the telephone if they cannot walk in because of COVID-19? If so, what would I bill?

Yes, telephone calls will be permitted to patients who cannot attend a walk in clinic in person due to COVID-19. As a temporary measure, the physician should bill fee code 0113 Limited Office visit, and a comment must be added to the billing claim. For patients in self-isolation, include “COVID-19 self-isolation” and for all other…

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5. Can the telephone consultations include email correspondence? I have patients emailing me from Florida/international locations with questions on their health, how to safely travel home, notes to be emailed for airports in terms of chronic respiratory/cough conditions?

You can certainly answer questions from patients and bill for these questions and advice provided they are medically necessary. Please make sure a copy of the patient email and advice provided are in the patient’s chart.

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