Use medical 'gag orders' responsibly

Physicians have no control over what is posted about them on online review sites, and little ability to refute negative or false information provided by patients. So to regain some control over their medical reputations, a growing number of physicians are requiring patients to sign a "mutual agreement to maintain privacy," which prohibits them from posting anything about their experience with the doctor or practice online, writes FiercePracticeManagement editor Deb Beaulieu. However, some practices are trying to sneak the agreements into the stack of everyday paperwork, including HIPAA statements, that patients sign in the doctor's office. A poll from flagship ratings site Angie's List found that 88 percent of respondents were unaware that some doctors are requiring patients to sign mutual agreements. -- Read the full article at FiercePracticeManagement