A physician must provide medical records to a patient within 30 days of the receipt of a records request.§ 31-33-2A covered entity must act on a request for access to medical records within 30 days.This Article describes some steps a physician should take before terminating his or her relationship with a patient. C -6.5 provide that the licensee may not charge a fee for a copy of the patient's records if the physician affirmatively terminates the patient-physician relationship (described in detail in Step 8 below).Step One: As a practical matter, when faced with a difficult patient situation, the best course of action is to try to avoid a unilateral termination of the physician/patient relationship by addressing the problem. The patient should be advised of the situation and given the opportunity to correct the problem. Step Three: The American Medical Association ( the “AMA”) has provided guidance on terminating the physician/patient relationship. Circumstances leading up to this unfortunate decision may include a difficult or disruptive patient who is abusive to the staff or a patient who repeatedly fails to show up for appointments. Mack At times physicians are faced with the burden of having to remove a patient from their practice.The Social Security number or other identifying information the patient provided is the same as identifying information in the practice's records provided by another individual, or the Social Security number is invalid.Below are links for a Patient Registration form and a HIPPA Privacy Notice.
This requirement may be waived for patients who have visited the practice within the last six months.g.
In all events, it is important for physicians to follow the legal and ethical guidelines for terminating the physician/patient relationship.
Failure to follow these guidelines may subject the physician to allegations of patient abandonment and other potential legal and disciplinary action.
The physician should make it clear that failure to correct the problem may result in the dismissal of the patient from the practice. The AMA defines abandonment as "the termination of a professional relationship between physician and patient at an unreasonable time and without giving the patient the chance to find an equally qualified replacement." According to the AMA's Code of Medical Ethics, Opinion 8.115, physicians have the option of terminating the physician/patient relationship, but they must give sufficient notice of withdrawal to the patient, relatives, or responsible friends and guardians to allow another physician to be secured.
State licensing boards govern the practice of medicine and the relationship between a physician licensed in that state and his or her patients. The AMA recognizes that there are times when a physician may no longer be able to provide care to a certain patient, including when the patient is noncompliant, unreasonably demanding, threatening to the physician or staff, or otherwise contributing to a breakdown of the physician/patient relationship.