CEJA’s role is to analyze and address timely issues confronting physicians and the medical profession.The AMA is bound by due process in all matters related to complaints and generally does not have the legal authority or possesses the proper resources to investigate individual cases.The watchdog has now issued new guidelines clarifying the risks doctors need to consider before embarking on a romance with a former patient, such as taking into account that some patients can be more vulnerable than others.The guidance, issued yesterday, tells doctors they still cannot initiate 'sexual' or 'improper' relationships with current patients, but says they can date former patients, as long as they give "careful consideration" to certain factors.
Individual states may have regulations defining reasonable fee, contact your state medical licensing board to find out what the regulations are in your state.This industry-wide mandatory transparent reporting was due in part to AME’s Herculean effort to get the Physician Sunshine Act passed.AME’s co-founder was the ONLY physician to testify before Congress for this – at the opposition of medical societies and companies alike, both of whom don’t want you to “follow the money” in research.Joyce Robins, of Patient Concern, said: "I don't see any problem with it if they are no longer their doctor."I think it was all a bit of an old fashioned idea quite honestly. "They are getting into the 21st century and it's a good updating." Some senior GPs, however, have previously warned that such relationships are always problematic.Grievances against a medical professional who you believe is acting unethically or not providing a certain standard of care should be directed to your state medical licensing board.Legal standards of professional conduct are set by individual state medical licensing boards and may vary from state to state.While there is no single definition of unprofessional conduct, the Federation of State Medical Board defines such conduct as: Billing disputes and poor customer service are generally not viewed as unprofessional conduct.Contact your state medical licensing board to find out what the standards are in your state.Opinion 1.1.2 “Prospective Patients” defines circumstances in which a physician may ethically decline to accept specific patients before a patient-physician relationship has been established.Until now, the General Medical Council has discouraged doctors from having relationships with former patients deemed vulnerable at the time they were being treated, and it continues to ban them with current patients.