A recent court case titled, Raguin v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (2011 BCCA 482.) has concluded that ICBC is required to pay for Massage Therapy treatments. The plaintiffs (two children) were in a motor vehicle accident and each sustained soft tissue injuries. Click here for more information.
ICBC – Current Massage Therapy Policy as of January 2012
For RMTs Registered as ICBC Providers – New Items in Bold
- ICBC now categorizes massage therapy as nondiscretionary therapy as per physiotherapy and chiropractic. This means that treatment is automatically approved for a claimant injured in an MVA
- ICBC has removed the “1st 8 week post MVA” time limitation on massage therapy treatments. This means that a patient can seek and receive massage therapy any time after an MVA, provided that the claim is still open.
- An MD referral is no longer necessary for the first 12 treatments. But all therapists are required to assess and determine that their treatment plan (as per CMTBC practice standards) is reasonable and necessary.
- The MTABC encourages RMTs to contact the ICBC adjuster to advise of the therapy being provided.
- ICBC is regulated to pay a minimum 12 treatments but as the discretion to authorize further therapy (up to 20 treatments). A request for more than 12 treatments is given if further therapy is recommended by an MD, and again the treatments are deemed to be reasonable and necessary. The Current rate of reimbursement by ICBC is $23.00 per treatment
- The MTABC encourages RMTs to base their treatment plans on the best available research evidence, clinical reasoning and patient values.