Starting this Fall, you will have the option to submit the Assessment of Attendant Care Needs – Form 1 via HCAI. This announcement was made by FSCO in its Bulletin No. A-11/16.
The facilities and healthcare providers who choose to submit the Form 1 via HCAI will be able to do so starting Monday, October 3. Submitting your Form 1 through HCAI is voluntary for the first year – during the pilot phase of the project.
As mentioned in our OCFs Revised, Yet Again blog post, the revised Form 1 must be used for all new and existing claims on or after October 1, 2016. However, the voluntary submission of Form 1 via the HCAI system begins two days later on October 3. For more information, see the HCAI Bulletin posted back on June 23, 2016.
As with the paper claim form, the Assessment of Attendant Care Needs – Form 1 can be prepared and submitted to HCAI only by Occupational Therapists and Registered Nurses, as outlined in section 42 of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS), effective September 1, 2010.
The HCAI Update, however, goes on to extend this list to include Registered Practical Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.
We are working to integrate the Form 1 submission to HCAI into Universal Office, in order to have it ready for the launch in October.
Also, the Form 1 Explanation of Benefits (EOB), which displays the detailed response from the insurance adjuster, will be added to Universal Office, so all you need is at your fingertips.
You can continue faxing or mailing your Form 1; however, submitting it through HCAI will get you a faster response from the insurer. You may want to keep in mind that while using HCAI to submit your Form 1 is voluntary at this time, it’s expected to become mandatory after the successful run of the pilot program.