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Risk Management Guide: Patient Dismissal

PATIENT DISMISSAL Once the physician-patient relationship has begun, the physician has a duty to continue seeing the patient for as long as treatment is necessary. However, there may be instances in which it becomes non-beneficial for either or both of the parties to continue the relationship. A physician may choose to terminate a relationship with a patient when the relationship has been compromised due to communication breakdowns, non-adherence to treatment plans, missed appointments, unreasonably demanding behavior, verbal or physical abuse of staff, or other issues non-compatible with continued care. Note: It is not acceptable and could open the physician/practice up to civil liability actions to dismiss a patient solely based on…

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