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That which affects, characterizes, or belongs to an individual person, as opposed to the general public.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

LAW, PRIVATE. An act of the legislature which relates to some private matters, which do not concern the public at large.

PRIVATE. Not general, as a private act of the legislature; not in office; as, a private person, as well as an officer, may arrest a felon; individual, as your private interest; not public, as a private way, a private nuisance.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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* Public-private mix-tuberculosis (PPM-TB) policy has categorised all types of private practitioners (PPs) (irrespective of system of practice) under one broad group as 'private providers.' The policy document tends to see all practitioners through the same lens of financial incentives.
As a clinician, my appreciation goes to Pearson for extending the JMHC's scholarly focus to private practitioners.
Given that a private practitioner is not restricted to working in a specific environment, the location which best suits the child can be selected for intervention.
During the refinement of a relationship, administrators should know the private practitioner's standard operating procedures so that they know when to expect replies and services to be performed, billing for services, and any reporting requirements.
teaching hospital attached tertiary medical care center and private practitioner.
Andreas, a private practitioner, writer, and trainer on personal change and communication, offers additional ideas following his Transforming Negative Self-Talk that provide more comprehensive ways to change negative self-talk, taking into account the larger context of the inner voice, the consequences of the communication, its positive intent, and other aspects of the experience.
Private Practitioner as Proactive Compliance officer?"
Founder and director of the California Implant Institute as well as a private practitioner, Al-Faraje offers a checklist of things dentists should make sure of before they begin an implantation surgery.
hospitalists are there for safety: They cover triage, labor, delivery, and postpartum care for all unassigned patients, as well as for those patients signed out to them by a private practitioner. They commonly assist at cesarean sections, respond to almost all true emergencies, and do consults and operative deliveries for family practitioners and midwives.
He was a private practitioner in Lawrence, Waltham and Boston, MA.
This is why he believes he has found a niche in the market for a small private practitioner rather than a large partnership or general accountancy service.
When differences arise between the public and private practitioner's view of clients' needs, communicating positively with colleagues remains an ongoing challenge.

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