GP focused practice designation

The GP focused practice designation was established in order to recognize specialized services provided by GP focused practice physicians, and their possible impact on the access bonus of physicians participating in Harmonized Model agreements. The 2008 Physician Services Agreement expanded the focused practice self-identification process, which was originally outlined in the 2004 Physician Services Agreement, and the 2007 Reassessment Agreement.

This designation is solely for the purposes of exempting focused practice physicians’ billings from impacting the access bonus, a payment incentive that is offered under the Ministry of Health primary health care harmonized payment models, and is not intended to be a reflection of skills or abilities for the purposes of practicing medicine.

When a physician is granted a focused practice designation, the specified fee codes/diagnostic codes associated with that focus area — and billed by the GP focused practice physician — will not impact (negate) the access bonus of physicians practicing in FHO and FHN models.

For more information on what fee and diagnostic codes are exempt from negation in each focus area, please refer to the GP focused application form. 

Application deadline

Applications are due Feb. 1 and Sept. 1 of each year.

Please ensure your application is complete prior to the deadline. Any documents in relation to your application will not be accepted after the deadline has passed.

Successful applicants will have selected fee and diagnostic codes for their focus area exempt from access bonus negation. Applications for the GP focused practice designation and supporting documents must be submitted as one PDF document and sent to

Access the application form.

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