A patient can terminate the physician-patient relationship at any time and is always free to seek another provider. The physician, however, cannot fire a patient, without risking a patient abandonment complaint. When the time comes to terminate the relationship, take these actions to terminate patients in a smooth legally-free manner. Provide a Patient Dismissal Letter […]
I must have been living under a rock to not see the skyrocketing trend of emotional support animals (ESA). Across the country patients are using animals from snakes to guinea pigs for emotional support, and expecting to bring these animals everywhere they go, including your medical office. Emotional support animals are NOT the same as […]
We normally look to the Supreme Court to make landmark decisions (like the Affordable Care Act), but the court rules on many smaller cases that — while they may not make it to the nightly news — still affect our daily lives. One of those is the May 2019 decision on Cochise Consultancy Inc. v. […]
Several weeks ago, a customer called and asked, “How long should we keep our patients’ medical records before destroying them?” Over the years, I’ve heard a variety of answers to this question, and it never seemed...
Making the mistake of employing an excluded physician, nurse, nonphysician provider or administrator will lead to you facing thousands in civil money penalties — not to mention the money you’ll lose for services you’ve provided that can never be billed. Thinking that this can’t affect your practice is a HUGE mistake. In fact, the Office […]