release a patient from your optometric care

How to Release a Patient from Your Optometric Care

8 tips to ensure you are protected from liability.

If you’re wondering how to release a patient from your optometric care, you’re not alone. It is a weighty decision. And it should be handled with extreme care. As the AOA’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct states, “Optometrists should strive to ensure that all persons have access to eye, vision and general health care.”

Refusal to pay, unreasonable demands, disruptive behavior, chronic no-show, threatening behavior: these can be reasonable cause to release a patient from your optometric care.

In a recent case study published by the American Optometric Association, Morris Berman and Doug Totten, ODs and members of the AOA Ethics and Values Committee, offer 8 practical protocols to follow when you release a patient from your optometric care. Specifically, these protocol help to ensure a doctor does not abandon patient care and, subsequently, is protected from liability.

Read the full article here on how to release a patient from your optometric care.