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It is not enough that the patient signs documentation allowing you to place a lien on the funds. You must also have the patients sing an "Assignment of Benefits" to you. As an added measure of security, you can include in the Assignment a statement that if the insurance company makes any checks payable to the patient, you name should also be included on the check. This way, if the check is inadvertently sent to the patient, they will not be able to cash it because you would have to endorse it.
The insurance company should not be able to set your lien aside, but if they manage somehow to set it aside, even with all these safeguards, you will have to sue the insurance company for setting aside your lien. Once you sue one or two insurance companies, the word will get around that you do not put up with this type of conduct on the part of the insurance companies, and it will no longer happen.
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