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Lien Laws

The WSMA believes it is not improper for a physician to use a physicians' lien law as a means of assuring payment of their fee, provided their fee is fixed in amount and not contingent on the amount of settlement of the patient's claim against a third party. (JC 8.09-87) (Reaffirmed A-23)

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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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