Statutory Medical Provider Liens are Not Subrogation Liens.

Statutory medical provider liens are often compared to Medicare, Medicaid, and Workers Compensation liens because all four involve (1) medical services, (2) statutory liens and (3) seeking payment.

However, there is a major and fundamental difference between medical provider liens and the other three: Medicare, Medicaid and Workers Compensation liens are subrogation liens arising from money paid, but statutory medical provider liens arise from and seek payment for services rendered, not money paid.

The distinction is important because sometimes there are restrictions on subrogation rights but those do not apply to an entity seeking payment for services.