Assignment of Payment
The assignment of payment (AOP) process links a practitioner to an approved facility for the purpose of billing British Columbia’s Medical Services Plan (MSP) for the provision of outpatient diagnostic services.
AOP forms are legal documents and can only be processed for those facilities that hold a Certificate of Approval from the Advisory Committee on Diagnostic Facilities or the Medical Services Commission. When applying for a Certificate of Approval, facilities must provide a list of all medical practitioners who will perform and bill MSP for the services applied for, if the application is approved.
Once a facility is approved, AOP forms must be submitted for those physicians intending to bill MSP for provision of the approved outpatient services.
Certain diagnostic services or fee codes require additional physician credentialing* before they can be performed and billed to MSP. Completion of an AOP form is the responsibility of the practicing physician and the facility’s departmental Medical Director who must ensure all conditions (on an approval/Certificate of Approval) are met prior to submitting an AOP and/or billing MSP.
*Note: “credentialing” refers to the provincial standard established as a requirement to perform and bill a particular outpatient service or fee code. Physicians are required to verify compliance with such standards in order to bill for the corresponding service or fee code. Credentialing does not consider hospital/facility requirements for privileging or reappointment. Health authorities are responsible for credentialing any physician working within that organization (i.e., with privileges at a health authority facility). For physicians working fully outside the health authority system (e.g. employed solely at a community imaging clinic), credentialing is managed through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.
Assignment of Payment Form
When designating MSP payments for your services to a privately-owned or publicly-owned facility, complete the Diagnostic Facility Services Assignment of Payment & Medical Director Authorization Form (HLTH 1908):
Secure Upload Tool
Use the Assignment of Payment Secure Upload Tool to submit your Diagnostic Facility Services Assignment of Payment form for Medical Services Plan payment of restricted diagnostic services.
Please ensure that your form is complete, accurate, and authorized prior to submitting. Only complete Assignment of Payment Forms will be processed.