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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Beattie

Occupational Therapy and ICBC Coverage

ICBC recently transitioned to their Enhanced Care model, but what does it mean for accident victims and access to treatment?

It is up to the ICBC claims injury staff to advise victims of their rehabilitation benefits. It is important to stay informed and know what you or your patients are entitled to under the new model.

What Rehabilitation is covered:

  1. Occupational Therapy - No additional charges to clients, often requires a doctor's referral or a referral from an allied health team member. Must be approved by ICBC.

  2. Physiotherapy - 25 sessions pre approved ($82.00/visit)

  3. Kinesiology - 12 sessions pre approved ($81.00/visit)

  4. Counselling - 12 sessions pre approved ($124.00/visit)

  5. Psychology - 12 sessions pre approved ($201.00/visit)

  6. Massage Therapy - 12 sessions pre approved ($83.00/visit)

  7. Chiropractic Treatment - 12 sessions pre approved ($54.00/visit)

  8. Acupuncture- 12 sessions pre approved ($91.00/visit)

*If your therapist charges more than these amounts you will be required to pay out of pocket for the difference.

Early access to Treatment

  • Within the first 12 weeks of the date of your accident

  • Access to treatments without pre-approval from ICBC up to a maximum # of sessions

Other benefits that are covered with appropriate justification (ask an Occupational Therapist for help if you're not sure):

  1. Attendant Care services (bathing, dressing, meal preparation, etc.) + Nursing Care

  2. Home making services

  3. Transportation services (Hospital transport or taxi account)

  4. Pharmacy account for accident-related medications

  5. Income replacement benefits

  6. Home safety equipment (grab bars, walkers, wheelchairs, shower chairs, etc.) - assessed by an OT

What can an Occupational Therapist do for you if you've been involved in a car accident?

  1. Conduct a holistic assessment of the impact of your accident on your physical, cognitive, and psychosocial function.

  2. Consider your home/work/community environments and the impact of those on your recovery.

  3. Make recommendations and arrange delivery and installation of home adaptive equipment.

  4. Connect injured clients with other treatment services that may benefit them.

  5. Facilitate communication between the treatment team members to ensure clarity in the treatment plan.

  6. Advocate for injured clients with the insurer, employer, and treatment team to ensure appropriate supports are in place for a smooth recovery.

  7. Provide education and rehabilitation for injured clients in the areas of:

    1. Concussion recovery/cognitive impairment

    2. Management of Depressed mood

    3. Improving Anxiety-management in real-life situations

    4. Graded exposure therapy for PTSD

    5. Management of chronic pain

    6. Ergonomic Assessments and equipment recommendations

    7. Work site assessments and Return To Work planning

    8. Home safety and mobility

If you were involved in a car accident (MVA) and reside in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, or the Sunshine Coast, get in touch with us today to find out if occupational therapy is right for you.

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