Small claims court is a viable option for me but collecting is probably going to be a challenge, based on what I hear.
Is there any language you can suggest in our letters to the patient that may provoke payment. Perhaps, about tax liability, fraudulent acts, etc?
Does the OCGA you sited require insurance companies to pay us directly? I didn't think that was an option for us in some cases.
We did have a lien that was sent to the insurance company with the medical bills. They paid the patient anyway. Perhaps we are not adamant enough about payment coming to us? Perhaps our lien is out of date? Here is an example as attachment.
to summarize; i must file a lien with the superior court prior to sending bills to insurance company. Upon sending bills I must provide copy of that lien. Do I need a seperate document to force the insurance co. to pay me instead of them? Where do I find such a document?
Thanks for your help, I appreciate it!
I asked you a question earlier this week about receiving payment from a chiropractic patient. i have come to find that your advice is not within the scope of the law. Chiropractors cannot file medical liens like you suggested. If you know otherwise please respond with new info.
A chiropractor is not a medical doctor therefore does not have a license to practice medicine.
Here is the text from thegeorgialawyer.com:
Notably, it does not appear that the law (O.C.G. A. 44- 14- 470) allows a chiropractor’s office to file this type of medical lien unless the chiropractor’s office is part of a and “physician practice,” meaning part of a practice operated by physicians licensed to practice medicine in Georgia. If you have treated with a chiropractor on a “chiropractic lien” or, sometimes known as an “attorneys lien,” this means that the chiropractor may not have the same type of enforceable lien against the settlement itself, unless the chiropractor operates as part of a physician’s practice. However, a chiropractic lien is still a medical bill that the patient is responsible for, and the lack of a “medical lien” does not mean that a patient can ignore the chiropractic bill.
If you have further suggestions it would be appreciated.
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