FAKE AGENT CALLS
The Board Staff has received several phone calls from multiple licensees stating that someone is calling pretending to be an agent of the Medical Board and trying to obtain personal information. These calls are scams. Information regarding your licensure number, issue date, expiration date, and address of record is available on the Board’s website. Your NPI number is also available on the Internet. The Board would not contact you by phone to obtain your personal information. We would contact you to set up a time that you can contact us and give you a valid call back number or schedule an in person meeting. The Board is located in Atlanta, GA and all phone numbers from the Board will have Atlanta area codes. (404, 470, 678 or 770) If you receive a call like this please do not give any personal information and disconnect the call. If you need any additional information, please contact Jonathan McGehee, Director of Investigations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can my physician terminate my care or discontinue seeing me?
Yes, a physician generally has the right to terminate the doctor-patient relationship. In most cases, the physician may terminate a doctor-patient relationship upon giving the patient adequate written notice, preferably through certified mail. Physicians should give the patient adequate notice and a reasonable amount of time to find another health care provider. "Adequate notice" and "adequate written notice" are not legal terms and will depend on the circumstances. Generally speaking, 30 days is considered "adequate notice."
If so, what, if any, guidelines are there for such circumstances? Except in limited circumstances involving transfers between hospital and emergency situations, a physician may refuse to accept a new patient.