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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

“Patients and Lawyers Scheming to Screw You Out of Your Lien ”



and... You gave permission.
A $15,000 lesson to someone who didn't listen

​​​​​​“I told you so - Na Na Na Na Poo Poo” Mark Studin 2021

A doctor just sent me paperwork from a lawyer who refused to honor his lien. When the doctor investigated fully, this was a slip and fall case and the initial bills went to BC/BS. In this doctor's state, he is out of network, so all of the payments went to the patient. The patient never turned any payment to the doctor. 

The doctor has a lien with the lawyer. Here are the defects in the doctor's business system that has brought this case to $zero payment on his $15,000 worth of care despite a $100,000 settlement. 

1. The doctor did not have an irrevocable assignment of benefits with the carrier 
2. The doctor did not have an irrevocable lien with the lawyer
3. The doctor did not send the lien certified, return receipt and have a 2nd mandated verification of a fax with fax-back proof or receipt. 
4. The doctor did not have the patient sign a statement of responsibility inclusive of collection and legal fees. 
5. The doctor did not have an irrevocable waiver of statute of limitations on getting paid form the patient. 
6. The doctor did not follow up with the insurance carrier regularly to track the monies paid to the patient he would never get. Then stop treating unless payment was handed over. 

Here is the problem; the patient instructed the lawyer to not honor the lien. Here is the lawyers response to the patient in protecting the firm. This was just discovered by the doctor in 2021 and written 3 years ago. The doctor did zero follow-ups with either the lawyer or patient on outstanding fees owed over those three years, and could have worked on resolving this when it was fresh, increasing the possibility of getting paid.  

This is what getting screwed looks like on paper ?

This could have all been prevented and can be prevented if you follow my direction and LISTEN. Please go to the consulting site, section #15 Forms and Communications, the 5th item, Assignments of Rights and Benefits. That single page document resolves almost every issue you will face and prevents you from getting screwed. It was crafted by some of the brightest personal injury lawyers in the country and it will protect you. 


Make sure every past, current and future patient signs this form. I also want you to have one of your staff members become a notary. Have them notarize the document to add a layer of legal protection to get paid. These little things that are annoying to do, are why my doctors on average, take home 61% more than non-members of this program. 

I have shared this document with you for years, and if you don't listen, you will be the cause for getting screwed, and when you are looking for someone to blame, just look in the mirror if you don't do what I tell you.  

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