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Terminating a Patient
How can a physician terminate a patient?

Physicians must give reasonable written notice to a patient when the physician withdraws from the case in order to allow the patient to find another physician. The law does not require that the letter be sent via certified mail, but physicians should consider whether it will help them ensure proper notice has been given. The physician must make copies of the patient’s medical records available.

Physicians who are contracted with the patients' insurer (e.g., commercial or government payer) may also be obligated to notify the payer. Check your contracts. 844 IAC 5-2-4

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