Operator Payment Administration

Legislation/Authority

The Laboratory Services Act (LSA) establishes a relationship between the Minister of Health and operators of approved laboratory facilities. Operators are defined as: the owner, the person having responsibility for the daily operation of the laboratory facility, or a regional health board or prescribed agency.

Operator Payment Administration (OPA) Process

Under the LSA there is no longer a requirement for physician’s to assign their payment to the laboratory facility. However, every claim must have a valid Medical Services Plan (MSP) practitioner number associated with it when it is submitted through Teleplan to Health Insurance BC (HIBC). The Operator Payment Administration (OPA) process and form will replace the assignment of payment process and form for the laboratory modality only, and will facilitate fee-for-service (FFS) outpatient claims made by laboratory facilities/operators.

For billing purposes only, each facility will designate one laboratory physician to link their MSP practitioner number to the facility through the OPA process; depending on operational requirements an operator may have more than one physician linked to the facility. OPA forms can only be processed for those facilities that are an approved laboratory facility, for the provision of FFS laboratory tests.

The form must be completed by both: the operator, or authorized representative of the operator, and the designated laboratory physician, and submitted to the Ministry of Health through the secure upload tool on the website at www.gov.bc.ca/labservicesupload.  Once reviewed, the OPA form is filed with HIBC for entry into the payment process.

OPA Expiration

OPAs are in effect for up to four years.

Transition Plan

Current assignment of payment forms remain in effect until their expiry date. Operators will only need to use the OPA form when assignment of payment for the designated laboratory physician has expired after October 1, 2015.  

Secure Upload Tool

Use the Laboratory Services Secure Upload Tool to submit your Operator Payment Administration Form. 

Please ensure that your form is complete, accurate, and authorized prior to submitting. Only complete forms will be processed.