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Disability Tax Credit

The NP council of NNPBC would like to thank Diane Middagh and Michelle Sims for their contribution in putting together "A Nurse Practitioner Resource Guide To the Disability Tax Credit.".

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Changes under the Laboratory Services Act (LSA)

Two decisions were made recently under the Laboratory Services Act (LSA) by the Ministry of Health for the following items:
  • LSA2017-034: Antinuclear Antibodies Testing (ANA), and
  • LSA2017-039: Chlamydia and Gonnorhea testing using Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) for specimens collected by swabs.
A summary of these decisions can be found on the Laboratory Services website.

If you require any further information on this decision, please make a request to Laboratory Services at labservices@gov.bc.ca.

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At Home Program (AHP) Guide Revisions

As of November 16, 2018 Nurse Practitioners will now have the ability to refer children for AHP Assessments and will be able to request equipment, supplies and therapies for eligible children.

Read the updated guide by going to:  At Home Program Guide (PDF).

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Thyroid Function Testing in the Diagnosis and Monitoring of Thyroid Function Disorder 2018

New BC Guidelines announcement (www.bcguidelines.ca)

Key changes to the 2010 guideline include:
  1. A laboratory algorithm which outlines changes to thyroid test ordering. If central hypothyroidism is being investigated "suspicion of pituitary insufficiency" should be included as a clinical indication and a request for fT4 (with or without TSH) should be indicated in the space provided on the standard out-patient laboratory requisition.
  2. Thyroid function test reports will include additional information. Laboratories in BC will be reporting trimester specific reference intervals as an appended comment on all women of child bearing age.
Read the updated guideline by going to: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/practitioner-professional-resources/bc-guidelines/thyroid-testing

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