Mrs. Smith the patient is there for her annual and the scenario states she has not been seen in the office for a year. This complicates the case. Stephanie has knowingly prescribed a medication to a patient that has not been assessed for symptoms and whom has not been to the office in over a year. The practitioner must find out what happened and be honest with the patient. Physicians have an obligation to be truthful with their patients. The "honest" approach is the most honorable and respectful thing a provider can do for their patients (Viale, 2015). As for a refill, the practitioner would not refill the same medication amoxicillin. The patient must be assessed to know if a medication needs to be prescribed at all and which one. After tending to the patient a meeting must happen between the MA and provider. If Stephanie did prescribe a medication she should be terminated immediately and at the least suspended until further investigation. References Gray, C. P., Harrison, M. I., & Hung, D. (2016). Medical Assistants as Flow Managers in Primary Care: Challenges and Recommendations. Journal Of Healthcare Management , 61 (3), 181-191. Hallquist Viale, P. (2015). Communication of Bad News to Patients: Is Honesty the Best Policy?. Journal Of The Advanced Practitioner In Oncology , 6 (3), 189. doi:10.6004/jadpro.2015.6.3.
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