TL;DR: How do you handle unexpected fire drills when you are in the middle of regular patient appointments?
Context: I work a group of other mental health professionals. The building we work was zoned into a city which handles fire drills differently, and is much more strict. We no longer get any sort of heads up when a drill is coming, so we might be in with a patient when this happens (as happened with my colleague today). On the one hand, we don't have anyone dressed in a paper gown or in the middle of having a cyst removed, etc.! On the other, we are often in the middle of conversations that are not easily and quickly paused (e.g trauma work, assessing suicidality/safety). If a patient has to leave, who pays for the appointment? Billing insurance would be fraud, but it's unfair to both the patient and to the provider.
I figure that this process has to have some sort of leeway for a medical office, so I'm wondering how your offices handle it?
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