Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program
Quickie Consult 325
From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic
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.
I just received another call from a doctor who paid his tuition from the school of "Hard Knocks" in the "I screwed myself" category and was not happy...but his lesson was well learned and I am sure he will not pay twice. The good news is that if you follow the game plan, you won't have to pay even once!!!
The doctor had a lien (really 2 of them) in his files, but either overlooked sending it to the lawyer in a timely fashion or had no system in place to automate the flow of paperwork. He sent the lien to the lawyer after the settlement check was received and proceeds disbursed. After a 30 minute phone call with the doctor giving me every type of scenario he could think of, my answer was, "The lawyer played by the rules and was better at what he does than you are at what you do." The doctor didn't like that answer, however, it is the truth. The doctor now has 2 choices going forward; either do the same thing and keep screwing himself or get better at what he does and get paid for services rendered gracefully. You have the same two choices.
The doctor's only recourse at this time is to bill and run after the patient who already received his settlement check and I can guarantee has already spent the money. Should the doctor have had a system in place to automatically send a signed lien to the lawyer, he would be $1000's richer instead of treating his patient potentially for free for 6 months and left with increased practice stress.
Consultation #94 gives you a complete system on how to ensure that you get paid with your liens. I urge you not to just read it, but follow it to the letter and own it by placing systems in your practice to automate the process and secure payment. You will get paid in timely manner and not have to re-invent the wheel.
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