AGG health care litigation partners Jason E. Bring, Chesley S. McLeod, and W. Jerad Rissler recently filed a friend of the court brief with the Georgia Supreme Court on behalf of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals (GACH). The case involves a class action lawsuit challenging the ability of a hospital to use its chargemaster rates when filing hospital liens for patients injured by third party tortfeasors. In seeking Supreme Court review of that decision, the hospital and the Associations argued that the lien act expressly allows hospitals to file liens for amounts “claimed to be due” in order to give notice of the lien claimed by the hospitals. The Associations further argued that the hospital lien act does not create a private right of action or otherwise impose any duties on the hospitals for the benefit of the injured patient.
For a copy of the brief, please access below.