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'You're Fired,' Said The Doctor to the Patient

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jul 30, 2014 9:14:30 PM

"No shows" -- patients who miss appointments a lot -- and those who repeatedly show up late, run the risk of being 'fired' by their doctor. Usually they receive a letter from their physician saying that they would be better off seeking care elsewhere. But this is no longer the most common reason for asking a patient to find another doctor. Most dismissals today "involve disruptive and threatening behavior often linked to drug abuse," says Ann Whitehead, the vice president of risk management and patient safety at The Cooperative of American Physicians. "It's progressively getting worse," says Whitehead, as more patients go "from one doctor to another, going down the line to get a number of prescriptions."

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Topics: difficult patients, Dr. Ken's Corner, locum tenens, pain medication

'You're Fired,' Said The Doctor to the Patient

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Mar 13, 2014 4:49:17 PM

"No shows" -- patients who miss appointments a lot -- and those who repeatedly show up late, run the risk of being 'fired' by their doctor. Usually, they receive a letter from their physician saying that they would be better off seeking care elsewhere. But this is no longer the most common reason for asking a patient to find another doctor. Most dismissals today "involve disruptive and threatening behavior often linked to drug abuse," says Ann Whitehead, the vice president of risk management and patient safety at The Cooperative of American Physicians. "It's progressively getting worse," says Whitehead, as more patients go "from one doctor to another, going down the line to get a number of prescriptions."

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Topics: difficult patients, Dr. Ken's Corner, locum tenens, pain medication

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