Legal Advisor: Terminating the Doctor- Patient Relationship
A physician has both an ethical and legal obligation to provide
services to his or her patients. If they do not end the relationship properly,
the physician could be liable for a claim of patient abandonment. The American
Medical Association (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." This CME activity explores under what conditions a physician may
terminate his or her relationship with a patient and actions that may reduce
- Cite situations that
warrant termination of the doctor-patient relationship.
- List specific
information that should be communicated to the patient prior to
- Explore potential patient-termination scenarios which
require additional steps to terminate the relationship properly.
MMS Member Physicians: $12
Allied Health Professionals: $9.60
CME Credit: 1 AMA PRA Category 1
Credit™, risk management study
The Massachusetts Medical Society
designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1
Credit™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent
of their participation in the activity.
The Massachusetts Medical
Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1
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