Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions

  1. How long should I keep medical records?
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  2. May I warn another physician about a patient's drug-seeking behavior?
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  3. I am purchasing a practice, what is my responsibility for the medical records of patients who leave the practice?
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  4. What precautions should I take when faxing patient information?
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  5. What are my responsibilities if a third-party payer does not approve care I recommended?
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  6. Can I transfer a “difficult” managed-care contract patient to another physician?
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  7. Who is financially responsible when a minor requests care and treatment?
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  8. Can I leave messages on a patient’s answering machine?
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  9. Can I leave messages for a patient at his or her workplace?
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  10. If I agree to reduce a patient’s bill due to an unexpected outcome, am I making an admission of negligence?
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  11. Are x-ray films the property of the patient?
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  12. What action should be taken when a patient is noncompliant or refuses to undergo diagnostic studies, care or treatment?
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  13. Does state or federal law set forth a specific manner in which obsolete patient records must be destroyed?
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  14. Is the physician-patient relationship automatically severed when a patient leaves the hospital against medical advice?
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This information is provided as a guideline only and is not intended as legal advice. If legal advice is necessary, please consult your own attorney.

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