Tips for Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship With Problem Patients

One question I get from time to time is how a doctor may discharge "problem patients" and end the physician-patient relationship. Doctors who terminate the relationship improperly can face disciplinary charges for patient abandonment or worse. Medical Board complaints for patient abandonment are generally the result of poor communication and typically are the product of a doctor moving to a new practice group; the closing of a medical practice; or a physician moving to a new city. I'll deal with...
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Social Media & Medicine — Tips for Avoiding Trouble

The ever-increasing popularity of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and others, can create issues for doctors and other health care providers. A few weeks ago, I posted about the Rhode Island physician who lost her job and was reprimanded by the Medical Board for inadvertently  identifying a patient on Facebook. Other than the HIPAA and physician-patient privilege issues, social media can present other issues for doctors. For example, last year, CNN.com ran a story about physicians on a ...
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WYOMING: Supreme Court Upholds Revocation of Privileges for “Disruptive Physician”

One of the primary reasons doctors receive Medical Board complaints is communication with patients, but also with hospital and office staff as well. Although many believe that treatment of hospital staff cannot result in discipline or privileging issues, a recent Wyoming case illustrates otherwise. On February 24, 2001, the Wyoming Supreme Court upheld the St. John's Medical Center's revocation of medical staff privileges of a physician described as "disruptive." Significantly, both sides agr...
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