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.
This website is designed to support physicians who prescribe buprenorphine by linking them up with a national network of trained physician mentors.
Physician Clinical Support System (PCSS)
A directory of treatment programs and physicians authorized to treat patients with buprenorphine.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Physician stage in practice: