Understanding the Risks: How to Dismiss a Patient from Your Practice

Program Description

 Physicians will benefit from an increased awareness and understanding of risks associated with patient dismissal. This program will provide information and guidance on best practice when dismissing a patient from the medical practice. The session will also provide guidance to avoid allegations of patient abandonment and to appropriately document the patient dismissal process.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss the rationale for ending a physician- patient relationship
  • Describe how to avoid abandonment charges when dismissing a patient
  • Assess two priority areas for documentation when dismissing a patient from the medical practice


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.


Kathleen Stillwell, MPA/HSA, RN, CPHRM
Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager
The Doctors Company

Rich Cahill, Esq.
Vice President and Associate General Counsel
The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of one and one-half (1.5) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only those credit(s) commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course ID#:    TDS 17062.1
Issue Date for This Activity: 6/26/17
Expiration Date for This Activity: 8/25/17


The information and guidelines contained in this activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. The faculty recommends that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes and should be used as a reference guide only.

Contact Us

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