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New ordering guidelines for Fecal calprotectin (FC) tests in British Columbia

June 24 2020
In February, the Ministry of Health announced that Fecal calprotectin (FC) testing would be covered by MSP only for those diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel disease.

In February, the Ministry of Health announced that Fecal calprotectin (FC) testing would be covered by MSP only for those diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel disease (IBD) (click here for reference bulletin .)

We are seeing that these new ordering guidelines are not being followed by many health care providers.

To comply with these guidelines, LifeLabs will only accept MSP requests for FC testing for patients with IBD. All other requests for FC testing will still be offered but will be charged as a private pay test.

What does this change mean for you?

Please comply with the guidelines outlined by the Ministry of Health, which state that health care providers MUST indicate IBD in the diagnosis box on the requisition to ensure that the test request is accepted by MSP.

What does this change mean for your patients?

If the requisition is not filled out accurately (with IBD indicated), the patients will not be covered by MSP. All patients who require MSP-covered FC test must have the correct diagnosis documented on the requisition. Private pay tests do not require a diagnosis.

When does this change go into effect?

Going forward, please indicate IBD on requisition forms for FC testing in order for the test to qualify for MSP coverage.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Call Centre at 1-800-431-7206

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