British Columbia (BC) Hospital clients seeking laboratory testing services from In-Common Laboratories (ICL) must apply for and obtain an Out Of Province (OOP) funding letter if they would like these laboratory testing services to be funded publicly. This is a requirement of the BC Agency For Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (BCAPLM).
Criteria for these letters are set by BCAPLM. If these criteria are not met, BC Hospital clients will be responsible for paying in full for any laboratory testing services requested through ICL.
In order to avoid this situation, ICL has put together guidelines for our BC clients to reference. These are outlined below.
OOP approval letters are only valid for three months.
OOP letters are only valid for use once per specimen, unless otherwise stated on your OOP funding letter. For additional testing, clients must obtain a new OOP letter.
Please note that timed test orders must be submitted with an individual approval letter.
Please ensure that the test requisition is completed in full.
The completed requisition must indicate the billing type in order for ICL to process test orders. Failure to indicate this information will result in testing delays.
If you have any questions regarding ICL’s requirements for BC clients utilizing an OOP funding letter, please contact email@example.com. We are here to help!
For any inquiries regarding the BC OOP/OOC application process, please contact the BC Agency For Pathology and Laboratory Medicine directly: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-714-2850.