Taking Action When a Patient Violates the Patient Contract

When a patient violates a treatment agreement, you have the right to discontinue treatment but you should NOT release him/her from your practice without a plan in place.

Consider the following guidelines before discharging a patient from your practice:

  • Such patients are often in need of more intensive treatment and you should arrange for another physician (such as a psychiatrist and/or addiction specialist) to take over treatment.
  • Work with the patient's psychosocial treatment providers to assure that there is continuity of care after the patient is discharged from your practice.
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This website is designed to support physicians who prescribe buprenorphine by linking them up with a national network of trained physician mentors.
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Physician Clinical Support System (PCSS)
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A directory of treatment programs and physicians authorized to treat patients with buprenorphine.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
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