Simple MSP billing software for acupuncturists. Now in bundle with groups benefits billing.

Check MSP coverage for the patient.

Not every patient is eligible for MSP coverage. Our MSP billing software for acupuncturists shows which ones are.

Is patient covered by MSP?

Check every service for MSP coverage to know when to bill MSP for the visit.

When MSP coverage ends?

Check remaining MSP coverage to make a treatment plan for the patient.

When MSP coverage started?

Check MSP coverage for past dates if billing for acupuncture for past visits.

Make fewer billing mistakes.

Create MSP claims quickly and eliminate mistakes when using our MSP billing software for acupuncturists.

Catch up on your MSP billing

Fell behind in your MSP billing? Create up to ten MSP claims at once.

Avoid duplicate MSP claims

Not sure what dates you billed? Preview past visits on the calendar.

Don’t miss a single MSP claim

Check patient’s billing history to catch any missing MSP claims.

Save time with automated tasks.

Our MSP billing software for acupuncturists automates billing routine.

ICD-9 codes for acupuncture

Easily select a sticky diagnostic code from the catalog for acupuncturists.

Assignment of MSP benefits

Print ready-to-sign authorization form if collecting MSP benefits yourself.

Roll-over the balance

Bill the visit balance to a group benefits plan or the patient if opt out.

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Distribution of acupuncturists by MSP revenues

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less than $10,000
$10,000 to $49,9999
$50,000 to $99,999
$100,000 to $199,999

BC, 2013/2014

Fifteen per cent of acupuncturists treating MSP premium assistance patients received from $10K to $50K in MSP revenues in the financial year of 2013/2014, with four per cent receiving even more.

Learn How to Use MSP Billing  Software for Acupuncturists

Educate yourself about MSP billing rules to get the most out of your MSP billing software for acupuncturists.

What acupuncturists can bill MSP for their services?

The acupuncture services can qualify as MSP benefit if the practitioner is
  • licensed by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMPA) and
  • enrolled with MSP.
MSP enrollment status, and, therefore, the possession of an active MSP billing number, is contingent upon the practitioner’s continued licensure by the appropriate licensing body. Any change in licensure, such as the renewal of a temporary license or specialty, must be reported to MSP to avoid refusal of claims.
According to the Health Professions Act, BC, only practitioners registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMPA), can practice acupuncture in the province of British Columbia. The list of authorized practitioners includes
  • Dr. TCM (Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine),
  • R. TCM. P. (Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner),
  • R. Ac. (Registered Acupuncturist).
Students are authorized to provide services while under the general supervision of a registrant in good standing. Read more. R. TCM. H. registrants (Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist) are not authorized to practice acupuncture and bill MSP for this service.
MSP-enrolled Acupuncturists
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BC, 2013/2014

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MSP fee schedule for acupuncturists

MSP set up a single fee item code for acupuncture services:
  • 00142 – Acupuncture service, $23.00.
  1. This item is applicable only to patients who have MSP Premium Assistance status.
  2. Subject to 1) above, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathic, non-surgical podiatry, and physical therapy services are benefits up to a combined maximum of 10 visits per patient per calendar year.
  3. Only payable if an adequate clinical record has been created and maintained.
No CTCMA registrants can bill MSP for services related to prescription, compounding or dispensing of herbal medicine because they are not MSP benefits.
The amount that an acupuncturist can charge to MSP patients depends on his or her enrollment status with MSP. Opted In practitioner can charge only $23 per a visit for up to a ten visits a year. Opted Out practitioners can charge more than that, but they can bill MSP for only $23.
MSP benefits can be paid to a patient, a practitioner or a clinic. An MSP payee for acupuncture services is determined at the time of the acupuncturist’s registration with MSP Teleplan. Hard Opt Out acupuncturists are never payees of MSP benefits. Opted In and Soft Opted Out acupuncturists can have MSP payments sent to practitioners or clinics. Once the payee is determined it cannot be changed from claim to claim until there is a change in the MSP setup. Learn more about MSP enrollment for allied health professionals.
For MSP billing purposes, acupuncture treatment requires the insertion of a needle. The insertion of the needle is a restricted activity under the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists Regulation. The use of non-restricted activities included in the definition and scope of practice of the acupuncturist do not constitute the ‘Acupuncture Service’ for MSP billing purposes. The insertion of one needle constitutes the ‘Acupuncture Service’ for MSP billing purposes.

How much did you get?

What patients are eligible for MSP benefits for acupuncture?

Not all holders of MSP BC Services Card are covered for acupuncture. Those who may be eligible include
  • MSP Premium Assistance Recipients;
  • Income Assistance recipients;
  • Convention refugees;
  • Inmates of B.C. Correctional Facilities;
  • Individuals enroled with MSP through the At Home Program;
  • Residents of long term care facilities receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS);
  • Individuals enroled with MSP as Mental Health Clients; and
  • First Nations individuals with valid B.C. Medical Plan coverage through the First Nations Health Authority.
We will refer to all these patient groups as MSP Premium Assistance patients or simply MSP patients.
It is important to check patients’ eligibility for MSP insurance coverage before a treatment. If MSP coverage is exhausted, practitioners need to bill their patients directly. There are several reasons why a patient’s MSP coverage might not be available:
  • A patient is not on MSP Premium Assistance,
  • A patient used up the limit of ten MSP visits,
  • A patient’s MSP Premium Assistance status was revoked,
  • A patient’s MSP insurance is cancelled.
MSP Premium Assistance status might be revoked midyear (on July, 01) when CRA informs HIBC about any changes in patient’s income in a previous tax year. To check patient’s eligibility on a date of service use built-in MSP eligibility check in Claim Manager. The MSP eligibility for chiropractic services can be verified in real time on any day in the last six months.
MSP benefits have an annual limit of $230 per a patient. This limit includes ten combined visits to supplementary benefit practitioners, such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopathic doctors, physical therapists and non-surgical podiatrists. All ten visits can be used up for acupuncture or they can be split between all listed healthcare practitioners.
BC, 2013/2014
Average number of annual acupuncture visits per a patient
BC, 2013/2014

What is the average number of treatments for your MSP patients?

Is your acupuncture clinic in compliance with MSP regulations?

Soft Opt Out acupuncturists or their clinics can only be payees of MSP benefits if the patients agree to that. The  Assignment of MSP Benefits form must be signed by every MSP Premium Assistance patient and kept in the patient’s file.
MSP enrolled acupuncturists and/or their MSP patients are not eligible for MSP payments if the audit determines that their clinical records are not adequate. For more information on adequate records see web page MSP billing for healthcare practitioners.

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