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August - Against Medical Advice Correction

Rob Orman, MD
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In our AMA segment this month, it was stated that a patient who leaves the ED against medical advice is at risk for their insurance company not paying the bill. We have been inundated with emails saying, “Is that really true? I heard it was a myth…” It turns out that this IS a myth! Thank you for helping us set the record straight. Listen in for details.

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Andrew B., MD -

Any evidence that someone signing out AMA vs. discharging and documenting prevents a lawsuit?

Melissa M. -

I was taught as a resident that the act of signing an AMA provides no protection. I tend to discharge and document unless I think that the patient isn't really understanding the gravity of the situation, in which case an AMA can be a useful to tool to make someone understand that I really don't think leaving is a good idea.

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August - Against Medical Advice Correction Full episode audio for MD edition 3:04 min - 3 MB - M4A