Transitioning to Practice

Transition to Practice: a checklist

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We know how overwhelming it can be to get your ducks in a row for the next step on your path. To make things a little easier on you, we’ve gathered everything an Ontario physician will need to transition to practice.

1. Get an OHIP billing number

TIP: You can actually start practising while you wait for your billing number, if you have a CPSO independent practice license. Keep records of your billings and submit them once you have received your OHIP number. You can bill up to six months retroactively.

The how-to apply for your OHIP billing number here.

2. Enroll in MCEDT Service

Once you receive your OHIP billing number, you will automatically receive a welcome letter from the ministry including information required to register for Medical Claims Electronic Data Transfer Internet claims submission service.

3. Update your CMPA insurance

Find the Canadian Medical Protective Association online insurance application form here.

4. Research the Medical Liability Protection Reimbursement Program

TIP: You may be able to get a portion of your CMPA fees reimbursed. Under an agreement with the OMA, the Ontario government reimburses part of CMPA fees for certain specialties.

For more info on the MLP Reimbursement Program, click here or call: 1-888-805-9877

5. Obtain hospital privileges.

If you plan to work in a hospital either part time or full time, you will be required to apply for privileges.  The hospital admin will be able to help you through this step.

6. Register with WSIB

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board provides specific resources to physicians who treat injured and sick workers. Once you have an OHIP billing number, you can register with WSIB.

Register for WSIB here.

7. Register for IVR

The Interactive Voice Response system allows healthcare professionals to confirm healthcard numbers and version codes by phone.

Find the IVR participation application form here.