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Massage therapists must apply for accreditation with the WCB. Learn about accreditation, authorization to treat, billing, payments, reporting to the WCB and what forms you need.

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Before you can provide services to customers and bill the WCB directly for those services, you must be accredited by the WCB.

To apply for accreditation with the WCB:

  1. Read the Practice Standards for Massage Therapy Service Providers.
  2. Complete, print and sign the Accreditation Request – Primary Level Services form.
  3. Attach copies of your educational credentials.
  4. Attach copies of your current membership registration with the Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS) to practice in Saskatchewan.
  5. Fax this information to the WCB’s health care services department to the fax number on the form.

Make sure all documentation is included. Note: The WCB cannot process incomplete applications.

Our health care services department will review your application after receiving it. We will:

  • Review your credentials against the requirements listed in the Practice Standards for Massage Therapy Service Providers.
  • Add your name to our approved providers list, if you are eligible.
  • Notify you by mail that your accreditation request has been accepted or denied.
  • Mail your WCB billing number to you.

Accreditation is non-transferable

You can only bill for services from all the clinics you listed on your application. If you want to add a clinic to your portfolio or if a clinic changes location, you must submit a separate accreditation request for that clinic before you begin treating customers there. We cannot issue payment for care at a clinic where the provider is not accredited prior to that care being provided.

You must get approval from the WCB to treat WCB customers. Don’t rely on customers for authorization because they may think their claim number means the WCB has agreed to pay for their treatment.

First, the injured worker’s primary care provider (physician, chiropractor, or physical therapist) must provide a written referral to include massage therapy treatment. The referral will identify the goals and objectives for massage therapy.

Next, massage therapists must include this referral, along with a completed Primary Authorization to Treat form to the customer’s WCB representative before any treatment begins. If treatment is approved, the WCB representative will sign the form and fax it back to the massage therapist.

Note: If you don’t receive approval before treatment, any services you provide may not be paid for by the WCB.

Therapist’s Billing Form (THER)

To prevent financial hardship to a WCB customer, bill the WCB directly for approved services. Do not bill the worker, employer or other insurance plans for amounts in excess of the massage therapist fee schedule. (Note: The WCB will not pay for treatment given before your accreditation date or for treatment provided at a clinic not listed on your accreditation form.)

If a claim is later denied following approval for treatment, the WCB will only pay for approved treatment given to date of notice of termination.

Payment can only be issued if the invoice meets our criteria. The following information is required:

  • worker’s name
  • worker’s address
  • Provincial Health Number (PHN)
  • date of birth
  • date(s) of service
  • care provider number
  • clinic number
  • massage therapist’s name
  • massage therapist’s address
  • massage therapist’s phone and fax number
  • fee code(s)
  • fee code amount(s)
  • number of units

If the WCB receives an application for payment after a 12-month period from the time the medical aid is provided to an injured worker, the WCB will not pay any account rendered by a physician, surgeon, hospital or other health care professional or institution. See WCB procedure, Medical Aid Billings – Payment (PRO 53/2006).

Keep your daily record of the service you provide to our customers in case an audit is required.

You are encouraged to register for a secure WCB online account, which allows you to view medical documents and payment statements.

The WCB issues payments to care providers weekly and provides statements to confirm the payments were issued. These statements may include explanatory codes to provide details regarding specific services.

Submit a direct deposit application to avoid delays in your WCB payments by receiving your payments by electronic transfer. Register for direct deposit.

Care providers, like employers and workers, are required to report to the WCB any work-related injury that requires medical attention, whether or not the worker needs time off work beyond the day of the injury. Prompt reporting allows the WCB to arrange timely payment of benefits to injured workers.

Legislative obligations

Under legislation, care providers do not require a signed release from an injured worker in order to provide medical information to the WCB because:

  • WCB staff need customers’ medical records to process claims and appeals.
  • The WCB may need to provide copies of reports to other care providers, such as assessment teams, treatment centres and specialists, to assist in obtaining the best possible assessments and treatments for injured workers.
  • In the case of an appeal, a worker’s records may be made available to an employer or others, but only with the worker’s approval.

Forms

Massage therapists report to the WCB using the following TX coded forms that provide information about treatment, functional recovery, and response to treatment:

Massage therapists only need to submit these reports if the WCB requests them. Information about the worker’s functional ability may be given to the employer so a return-to-work plan can be created.

The WCB limits the number of massage therapy treatments to five sessions per claim. Payment for additional massage therapy treatments will not be reimbursed by the WCB.

If the injured worker’s recovery does not progress, contact the worker’s primary care provider who can request advanced assessment and treatment, or expedited appointments, if required.

Returning to work should generally be part of each worker’s treatment plan. For more information, see our recovery and return to work page.

When treating WCB customers, care providers assume certain roles and responsibilities. The WCB relies on all care providers to ensure that:

  • All work-related injuries requiring medical aid are reported promptly.
  • All treatment is necessary and consistent with established agreements.
  • All invoices accurately reflect the services provided.
  • The employer and worker are aware of current restrictions to allow early return to work.

When treating WCB customers, massage therapists will:

  • Know and follow the guidelines listed in Practice Standards for Massage Therapy Service Providers, as well as WCB billing and reporting requirements.
  • Get approval before treating WCB customers on a file-by-file basis.
  • Follow the practice standards and fee schedule created for massage therapists.
  • Show ethical practice standards on a day-to-day basis. This includes informing any prospective WCB customer of business relationships you may have with their employer so the worker can decide whether they want to choose you as a care provider.
  • Avoid mentioning in either your clinic’s advertisements or personal advertisements that you treat WCB customers or you are affiliated with the WCB in any way.

To ensure that Practice Standards for Massage Therapy Service Providers are being followed, the WCB may conduct compliance surveys. You will receive a notice from the WCB at least two weeks before you, your clinic, or your treatment centre receives its compliance survey so you can review the survey form and guidelines. It will take about 1.5 hours for you to complete the survey.

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