We Won a Big Victory for Chiropractors!
There’s good news coming the first week in August that could mean more money for you and more flexibility in how you care for your personal injury patients. On May 29, 2015, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Senate bill 15-265, titled Concerning Conditions that Must Be Met Before a Hospital Care Lien is Created. We worked hard to make this bill happen, and it is a big victory for personal injury attorneys and chiropractors alike.
Before this law, when a client who was hurt in a car crash was treated at the emergency department, the hospital could choose to take 100 percent of its billed charges from the case settlement instead of having to accept the rate they contracted for with a health insurer. That tilted the tables in their favor, the hospitals knew it, and they regularly took advantage of it. Not anymore.
What does this mean to chiropractors?
When your patient has health insurance, the hospital will no longer be allowed to unfairly gobble up a huge chunk of the settlement and force you to take a deep reduction in your lien. Now, they must file their bill with the insurer first and accept the rates they’ve contracted. With the hospital no longer taking unfair advantage of your patient, your lien can be paid at a higher value because there’s more money available. You will have the freedom and resources to direct care for your patient’s whole health, as a chiropractor who understands trauma care knows best how to do.
This is one of the most important things Colorado lawmakers have done for injured patients in many years. I can give you more detail on how this helps you, if you’d like – just give me a call at (303) 758-4777.