Dismissing Patients

April 1, 2009

I would like to discontinue a doctor-patient relationship because the patient’s mother is unreasonably demanding. Is it legit to do it?

 

Question: I would like to discontinue a doctor-patient relationship because the patient’s mother is unreasonably demanding. Is it legit to do it?

Answer: Let me suggest you review this “How to Dismiss Problem Patients” which goes into a lot of detail. Generally, you can dismiss patients for pretty much any reason, barring other rules from your payers. However, you will need to word your letter carefully since you need to provide an explanation for the dismissal.

The article should help, also check out our sample dismissal letter.