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1. Develop a policy for provider-patient termination that is made available to patients at the initiation of service.

10-Point Patient Termination Plan

Have you ever wanted to fire a difficult patient? You know, those patients who fail to complete indicated tests, refuse necessary treatments, miss appointments, do not pay bills, are rude, unreasonably demanding, dissatisfied, dishonest, threatening, violent or litigious? When the patient-provider relationship is unable to continue towards a therapeutic goal, termination may become an attractive…

For most people, pain is an automatic reflex that protects them from damaging stimulus like a hot stove or candle. For example, heat exposure activates pain receptors in the skin, which pass a signal along a sensory neuron to the spinal cord. This activates a motor neuron, which sends a signal to the muscles in the arm, causing it to contract. But nerve damage can send false signals that cause real pain, or prevent individuals from feeling pain when they are injured.

Neuropathic Pain Symptoms & Treatment

Nerve damage affects approximately 20 million Americans. There more than 100 different types of nerve damage with a range of different causes including compression, trauma, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, motor neuron diseases, nutritional deficiencies, infections, cancer and drug side effects and toxicities. Learn more about the symptoms of and treatments for neuropathic pain with this slideshow.

People with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), the most severe end of the FASD spectrum, often have abnormal facial features, and/or growth and central nervous system problems. A characteristic pattern of facial anomalies associated with FAS include, small eye openings, a thin upper lip or flattened ridges between the base of the nose and the upper lip (a flattened philtrum). A child must have all three characteristics to receive an FAS diagnosis.

Fetal Acohol Spectrum Disorders

Alcohol use among women of childbearing age (18 to 44 years) is a leading, preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities in the U.S., known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). The CDC estimates that approximately 0.2 to 1.5 cases occur for every 1,000 live births in certain areas of the United States.FASDs are…