Dismissing a patient is sometimes the best option for the practitioner and the patient. However, it can be uncomfortable and challenging. Knowing when and how to correctly terminate the relationship is critical to avoid an issue such as abandonment.
Formal, written notice should be mailed to the patient (no email or text!). Under Colorado law, certain provisions must be met when dismissing the patient such as reason(s) for dismissal, advising patient of conditions requiring further treatment or evaluation, 30 days of dental emergency availability, as well as other requirements. Each dismissal case is different and the letter should, therefore, be individualized.
Ultimately, the decision to dismiss a patient is the practitioner’s. For a more thorough discussion of Dismissing a Patient as well as guidelines visit the Resource Library for the full article, Dismissing a Patient (Breaking Up is Hard to Do…or is it?)
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