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Preamble: many of these issues are small, yet each issue is just that… an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then the larger issues often take care of themselves and you can focus on the larger issues… a larger, more profitable practice and more family time.

“Get Paid in 2017”

An Alarming National Trend
 
“If you pay exquisite attention to detail, the big things become small.” Mark Studin 2017

 
2017 is becoming the year of “Beware the Predatory Lawyers”

In the past, the lawyers and doctors were on the same team and the opposition was the carriers. Today, it is becoming apparent that it is “every man for himself” and that sucks!!! There is a national trend where lawyers are aggressively utilizing every means possible to NOT PAY the doctor (YOU), regarless of legality and ethics. Lawyers are banking (literally) that you will be intimidated, not understand the law and be so desperate for their relationship that they can and will exploit you financially. 

 
Therefore, you MUST double and triple check that you have your paperwork and verifications in order regarding liens and letters of protection. Without them, you stand little chance of getting paid. In addition, you must stay in close contact with the lawyers' offices on a regular basis to know when cases are settled to ensure you get paid and then cannot be afraid to go after the lawyer, using any legal means to get paid. This is inclusive of licensure complaints and lawsuits. 

 
It is no longer business as usual and I am sure this is a reflection of lawyers being squeezed concurrently by the carriers and the courts. It is the “trickle down” effect and if they get screwed, some (or many) will then attempt to screw you. 

 
I have given you, and will continue to share with you strategies used and letters written by doctors that have helped them be successful in getting paid. Please understand that this is not a foolproof process, but it is working most of the time.

 
 
Respectfully,



Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chiropractic, University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic
Adjunct Professor, Division of Clinical Sciences, Texas Chiropractic College
Educational Presenter, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Joint Partnership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

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