Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program
Quickie Consult 1089
Compliance 59 CA
Preamble: Many of the issues I bring to you are very small, yet each issue is just that, an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and more importantly, focus on the bigger issues...a larger practice and more family time. -Mark Studin 2006
"URGENT...How to lose you license and go to JAIL"
“I am special, so the rules don’t apply… aka… I am a moron and try to get away with stuff!” Mark Studin 2019
The following is a letter one of our doctors wrote, and THANKFULLY I had him send it to me first. Commentary to follow:
Dear Mr. Lawyer,
We are not going to be able to accept that 1000.00 dollar offer on 6000.00 dollar bill unless we have documentation that everyone involved in this case is taking an equal reduction of the proceeds. I, like yourself run a small business which operates at 60 % overhead, meaning that to treat Mr. Patient cost my company $3600.00. Much of his treatment was done by myself personally. I called you during his treatment suggesting that perhaps there were no permanent injuries, but after discussion we decided to proceed with imaging in hopes of building a case for Andre. I did not think that at that time my care and office reports would be valued so minimally. Now, we are stuck with both medical and imaging bills which need to be paid.
I did not go to school to pay to see your clients. If we had a mutually beneficial relationship, then I would be more apt to accept your offer, but I will not accept the promise of future business as placation for the tremendous reduction you are asking for me to take. The best solution is for all to be completely transparent, and handle this amicably and fairly, and move forward as business partners, not making the same mistake again.
The Crime: ”I called you during his treatment suggesting that perhaps there were no permanent injuries, but after discussion we decided to proceed with imaging in hopes of building a case for Mr. Patient.” This acknowledges that you knew there was nothing, but you ordered tests in an attempt to find something, when it was not clinically indicated.
The Motive: “If we had a mutually beneficial relationship, then I would be more apt to accept your offer,” This says (not implies) that you intended to build future referrals so you can make more money.
Everything else in this correspondence is not relevant. IF the lawyer recorded the previous conversation this doctor had with this lawyer, where the doctor explained what his actions and goals were, this lawyer would “own” this doctor for the rest of his career. IF… the doctor would have sent this letter, the lawyer could have (and probably would have to make an extra $1,500 in settlement recover) turn this doctor into the district attorney for prosecution for insurance fraud.
At the end of the day, IF all of that happened, the doctor would lose his money, probably his license and perhaps his freedom. For those of you who have been around as long as I have, most of you know doctors who are spending time in jail for perhaps less. For the rest of you who are younger… shit happens and don’t let it happen to you! Play by the rules, never, ever, ever cross that line.