A number of committees assist the MSC in the management of the Medical Services Plan (MSP). Recommendations of advisory committees are not binding; the MSC retains the authority to make final decisions.
Advisory Committee on Diagnostic Facilities
The Advisory Committee on Diagnostic Facilities consists of representatives from the Doctor's of BC, the Ministry of Health, and public MSP beneficiaries. The Committee reviews applications from facilities seeking approval to perform and bill the Medical Services Plan for outpatient diagnostic services including radiology, ultrasound, and polysomnography.
Audit and Inspection Committee
The Audit and Inspection Committee (AIC) is composed of four members appointed by the Medical Services Commission (MSC), including a physician Chair representing Government, a physician representative nominated by the Doctors of BC, and two public representatives - one of whom is a physician nominated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. The AIC approves audits of medical practitioners’ services and billing practices, reviews all audit reports, and makes recommendations to the MSC regarding whether to pursue the recovery of funds and/or de-enrolment under the Medicare Protection Act.
Doctors of BC/Ministry of Health Working Committee to Review Standard Outpatient Requisition Forms and Related Issues
The Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health Working Committee to Review Standard Outpatient Requisition Forms and Related Issues (requisition committee) is a joint committee that reviews all public and private outpatient requisitions for consideration of a provincial standard form which is evidence-based and represents best practice.
Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee
The Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee (GPAC) is made up of representatives from the Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health. GPAC was established to oversee the development and promotion of guidelines and protocols to support high quality, appropriate patient care. These guidelines and protocols are published under the brand name of BCGuidelines.ca and made accessible online.
Patterns of Practice Committee
The Doctors of BC's Patterns of Practice Committee was established to educate physicians concerning their practice and billing. The Committee provides an annual summary version of a profile, called a mini-profile, to every practicing physician in the province including non-DOBC member physicians. The Committee also provides advice to MSP regarding inappropriate billing and scrutinizes MSP's process of detecting and deterring inappropriate billing.
The Reference Committee reviews disagreements between MSP and physicians about specific services rendered under the MSC Payment Schedule and makes recommendations to resolve these disputes. Membership is limited to representatives of the Doctors of BC.