Premier Physicians Group, PLLC v. Navarro, 746 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 29 (August 30, 2016) (J. Bolick)
NONHOSPITAL MEDICAL LIEN MUST BE RECORDED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF FIRST PROVIDING SERVICES
Plaintiff recorded a lien for some $12,000 in medical services provided to Mandy Gipson for injuries arising out of an automobile accident caused by defendant Kimberley Navarro. The lien was recorded within 30 days of when services were last provided Gipson. Navarro's insurer settled Gipson's personal injury claim but did not honor the lien. This suit was brought to collect on the lien. The trial court dismissed the Complaint as untimely finding the lien only valid if perfected within 30 days of the first services provided. The Arizona Court of Appeals reversed holding the lien was perfected as to services provided within 30 days of the lien being filed even though filed more than 30 days after the first services were provided. The Arizona Supreme Court vacated the court of appeals decision.
A.R.S. §33-932(A) requires providers to record their liens
within thirty days after first providing services. . . .
Health care services provided in connection with accidents can be
of indefinite duration. Recording a lien within thirty days of providing initial
services places insurers and other parties on notice that any settlements
are subject to a lien. At the same time, the non-hospital provider will
have a lien for charges incurred for the entire service duration. Hospitals,
by contrast, typically provide services within a discrete and identifiable
time frame, thus making it sensible to allow them to record a lien within
thirty days after a patient's discharge.