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OHIP Billing Support – Don’t Forget the Service Location Indicator

The Dr. Bill Team
Mar. 11, 2019
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What is the Service Location Indicator?

The Service Location Indicator (SLI) is a mandatory field that must be filled out on all billing software that electronically submits claims to OHIP. The SLI field simply lets OHIP know where the patient is being seen. In total, there are 8 options to choose from and each option is represented by a 3-letter code.

Billing Tip: Our OHIP billing experts find that a lot of submission errors are due to the incorrect use of an SLI code.

Therefore, to make things easier, we’ve created a reference chart of all SLI codes so you can quickly find the one you’re looking for and avoid getting submission errors once and for all!

SLI Code Indicator Guidelines Reminders
HOP Hospital out Patient Patient seen in a hospital but not admitted – clinic setting. If you are a specialist and see a patient in the emergency department (thus aren’t the emergency doctor) you need to bill as HIP. (EX: A135 K994 K962 E082).
HIP Hospital in Patient Patient located in a hospital or long-term facility with an admission date. Must use facility # for hospital or long-term care facility AT (acute care treatment hospital).
HED Hospital Emergency Department Patient located in emergency department and does not get admitted. Example: if you get called to emergency to assess a patient and the patient goes home.
IHF Independent Health Facility Clinic outside of the hospital, walk in clinic. May or may not have a facility number – doesn’t require one to be added to claim.
OFF Office of Community Physician Private Doctor’s office Office out of a home or private office space, leave the facility # blank
OTN Ontario Telemedicine Network A telemedicine designated room in a hospital or facility pre booked by OTN, use facility # of hospital. When billing OTN the B100, B200 etc. are premiums, you must also bill a consult or assessment.
HDS Hospital Day Surgery Patient undergoes a surgery or procedure and is not admitted to hospital; one day stay. Use facility # for that hospital AM (ambulatory care).

Common SLI Error Codes

If you do get an SLI a submission error, you might see one of these error codes:

Error Code Reason Explanation
ET5 Telemedicine SLI Code Missing or Invalid When a claim includes the “OTN” SLI code but does not include a telemedicine premium code (B100, B1010, B102, B201, B202) or telemedicine tracking code (B099)
V62 Invalid SLI Code This error code indicates there was data present in the SLI code field of a claim but the data was not one of the valid SLI codes recognized by OHIP.
V65 Missing Hospital Master Number When a claim includes the SLI code “HDS”, “HED”, “HIP”, “HOP”, or “HRP” but does not include a hospital Master Number
V66 Missing Hospital Admission Date When a claim includes the SLI code “HIP” but does not include a hospital admission date.
V68 Incorrect SLI Code When a claim includes a hospital admission date but the SLI code is not “HIP”; or includes the “IHF” SLI code but is not submitted by an IHF group; or includes an SLI code other than “IHF” and is submitted by an IHF group.
W4 Warning: Service Location Indicator Code Missing A warning on the Remittance Advice to indicate that a claim was processed and paid but the claim did not include the applicable SLI code. (The ministry will provide sufficient advance notice should any SLI code become mandatory).

 SLI Codes for RMB and WCB

There are no SLI codes required for claims submitted under the Reciprocal Medical Billing (RMB) or Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WCB).

If you’d like to double check something or are still unsure of what SLC code to use, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here, we’re happy to help.


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