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Steven J. Bruzonsky

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Professional Publications


Attorney Bruzonsky has authored many professional publications, primarily to assist attorneys in properly handling complex lien issues in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Following is a list of his recent publications, which includes his "Liens Corner" articles in the monthly Arizona Trial Lawyers Association (AzTLA) publication The Advocate. Please click on each "Liens Corner" article to read it.


Associate Editor and Chapter Author, Arizona Personal Injury Lien Law and Practice (2006), Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. Authored chapters on AHCCCS (Medicaid), Federal Medicare, and Other Federal liens.


Chapter Author, Arizona Personal Injury Lien Law and Practice (2007 Supplement), Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. Authored chapters on AHCCCS (Medicaid), Federal Medicare, Other Federal, and ERISA liens.


Monthly "Liens Corner" Articles in The Advocate. Following is a list of lien subject areas followed by the articles:


Arizona Anti-Subrogation Caselaw


2015-02: Arizona Anti-Subrogation Caselaw (AzTLA Annual Liens Seminar Handout)


Arizona State & Political Subdivision Lien Claims


2007-02/03: ARS. §12-962 Liens, Parts 1-2

2009-10/11: The Cox Case and Its Implications for ARS §12-962 and AHCCCS Liens, Parts 1-2

2008-12: ARS §12-962 Liens Litigation Update

2011-03: Why Surviving Family Members’ Arizona Wrongful Death Settlements are Not Subject To Liens

2014-01: The Ins and Outs of AHCCCS Liens (AzTLA Annual Liens Seminar Handout)

2015-05/06: Update AHCCCS & State or Political Subdivision Lien Statute of Limitations

2014-09/10: AHCCCS & State or Political Subdivision Lien Statutes of Limitations

2013-01/02: Summary ARS 12-962 & AHCCCS Cases


Arizona Worker's Compensation Liens


2014-05/06: Acosta Case That No Automatic Assignment to Workmen's Compensation Carrier After One Year

2014-07/08: Az Legislature Reinstitutes Automatic Assignment of Injury Claim to Worker's Compensation Carrier After One Year


Balance Billing & Statutory Lien Claims


2007-10: The Medical Savings Case

2007-05: A.R.S. §33-931 et seq Liens Filed by Health Care Providers Other Than Hospitals or Ambulances

2006-10: Medicare and Medicare Advantage (+Choice) Balance Billing

2006-05: TriCare Balance Billing

2006-04: AHCCCS Balance Billing

2015-03/04: Update On The Winters Case; Key Health Case That AHCCCS Providers Must Bill AHCCCS

2014-07/08: Update On The Winters Case

2015-03/04: Medicare Advantage Balance Billing Class Action Litigation Consent Judgments and Settlement Agreements

2014-05/06: The Winters Case - AHCCCS Hospital Balance Billing

2016-07/08: The Winters Case: Abbott v. Banner Health Network: The Arizona Supreme Court Issues Its Decision in This AHCCCS Hospital Balance Billing Controversy

2014-07/08: Medicare Advantage Balance Billing Class Action Recently Filed

2016-11/12: Premier v Navarro:Non-Hospital ARS 33-931 Liens

2017-03/04: AHCCCS & FEHBA & Other Balance Billing Updates


ERISA Plan/Healthplan Lien Claims


2009-02: ERISA Liens Key Points

2007-06/09: ERISA Liens, A Brief Primer, Parts 1-3

2010-06: ERISA Liens - The "Payroll Practice" Exemption

2006-08: How the US Supreme Court Decision in Sereboff Effects ERISA Liens

2010-07/08: ERISA Liens - The Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA) Exemption

2009-09: ERISA Liens Specific Funds Cases

2011-02/04: Obtaining Payment of Healthplan Medical Benefits, Parts 1-2

2011-07/08: Cigna v Amara: Plan Document is Key to Subrogation Rights

2011-10/11: ERISA Plan Documents, Parts 1 and 2

2012-03/06: ERISA Liens: Equitable Defenses Including the Make-Whole Rule

2012-09/10: ERISA Liens – Statute of Limitations

2012-07/08: ERISA Liens – The Ninth Circuit in CGI v. Rose Applies Equity

2013-07/08: McCutchen – Another Landmark U.S. Supreme Court ERISA Lien Case

2014-03/04: Update ERISA Liens

2014-05/06: Update ERISA Liens

2014-01: ERISA Liens Q & A (AzTLA Annual Liens Seminar Handout)

2012-01: Beating ERISA Liens in a Pro-Subrogated State: Ways to Minimize and Defeat ERISA Subrogation/Lien Claims (AzTLA Annual Liens Seminar Handout)

2015-07/08: The Ninth Circuit Pritchard Case, Part 1

2015-09/10 The Ninth Circuit Pritchard Case, Part 2

2016-05/06: McCutchen Revisited: Excellent Guidance on the SPD vs Plan Document & Incorporation By Reference Issues

2016-03/04: The Montanile Case and HowTo “Beat” an Air Tight Written ERISA Lien

2017-05/06: ERISA Plan Document Request


Fair Debt Collection Practices Act


2007-04:The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act


Federal Medical Recovery Act Lien Claims


2006-05:TriCare Balance Billing


FEHBA (Federal Employees Health Benefits Act) Lien Claims


2010-03/05: FEHBA Lien Claims, a Brief Primer, Parts 1-3

2006-12: FEHBA Liens U.S. Supreme Court Case Empire HealthChoice Assurance

2015-05/06: US Supreme Court Invites Solicitor General Brief in Kobold

2014-11/12: ER 1.15 Compliance in Consideration of Kobold?

2013-05/06: FEHBA Liens Cases Update

2014-03/04: The Kobold Case (Division One, Az Court of Appeals)

2014-05/06: The FEHB Program Carrier Letter

2014-07/08: Some Not All FEHBA Carriers Suspend Collection Efforts in View of Kobold

2016-07/08: Div. One Reverses Itself, FEHBA Liens Lawful & Enforceable

2017-03/04: The Kobold Case: FEHBA Liens Legally Enforceable in Arizona

2017-03/04: FEHBA Balance Billing: Wigand v. Scottsdale Healthcare Hospitals:


Hold Harmless & Indemnity Clauses


2008-11: Hold Harmless & Indemnity Provisions


Legal Ethics & Lien Claims


2008-02: ER 1.15, Parts 1-3

Arizona Ethics Opinion 11-03 (December 2011)

2014-03/04: Amended ER 1.15

2015-11/12: A Sample Amended ER 1.15 Ninety Day Notice

Arizona Ethics Rule (ER) 1.15 as amended 2014

2017-03/04: Use of ER 1.15(f) Ninety Day Notices in Balance Billing Lien Situations:


Lien Settlement Agreement


2008-10: Lien Settlement Agreement


Medicaid/AHCCCS Lien Claims


2006-04: AHCCCS Balance Billing

2006-06: Ahlborn Decision Restriction on AHCCCS Liens

2006-09: Healthcare Group of Arizona Lien Claims

2011-05: Southwest Fiduciary Case and Its Implications for AHCCCS Liens

2015-05/06: Update AHCCCS & State or Political Subdivision Lien Statute of Limitations

2014-09/10: AHCCCS & State or Political Subdivision Lien Statutes of Limitations

2015-03/04: Update On The Winters Case; Key Health Case That AHCCCS Providers Must Bill AHCCCS

2013-01/02: Summary ARS 12-962 & AHCCCS Cases

2014-03/04: AHCCCS Contractor Liens? Congress Repeals Ahlborn As of Oct 1, 2014

2014-05/06: The Winters Case - AHCCCS Hospital Balance Billing

2014-07/08: Update On The Winters Case

2014-01: The Ins and Outs of AHCCCS Liens (AzTLA Annual Liens Seminar Handout)

2016-07/08: The Winters Case: Abbott v. Banner Health Network – The Arizona Supreme Court Issues Its Decision in This AHCCCS Hospital Balance Billing Controversy:

2016-07/08: Ahlborn Repeal:Delayed to Oct. 1, 2017

2017-03/04: Reminder: Ahlborn Repeal Effective October 1, 2017

2017-03/04: AHCCCS Balance Billing Update on Abbott v. Banner Health Network:


Medical Payments Coverage & Lien Claims


2007-11/2008-01: Medical Payments Coverage, Parts 1-3


Medicare & Medicare Advantage Lien Claims


2007-01: Medicare Wrongful Death Liens

2010-02: More On Medicare Set-Asides Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice

2009-03/04: Medicare Liens Set Asides, Parts 1-2

2009-05/08: Federal Medicare Advantage Liens Update, Parts 1 - 3

2008-06/09: Medicare Liens, a Brief Primer, Parts 1 - 3

2006-10: Medicare and Medicare Advantage (+Choice) Balance Billing

2006-11: Federal Medicare Advantage (+Choice) Lien Claims

2010-09: Medicare Liens: Future Accident-Related Medical Expenses Settlement Addendum

2010-10/11: Medicare Lien Checklist, Parts 1-2

2011-06: Parra v Pacificare Medicare Advantage Lien Case

2011-03: Arizona Wrongful Death Lien Claims & Bradley v Sebelius

2011-09 Haro v Sebelius - Medicare Lien Collection Revision

2015-03/04: Medicare Advantage Balance Billing Class Action Litigation Consent Judgments and Settlement Agreements

2013-09/10: Recent Medicare Advantage Lien Cases Pt 1

2013-11/12: Recent Medicare Advantage Lien Cases Pt 2

2014-05/06: Update Medicare Advantage Liens

2015-05/06: Update Medicare Advantage Liens & Medicare Set Asides

2014-07/08 Medicare Advantage Balance Billing Class Action Recently Filed

2016-09/10 Medicare Set Asides Not Required


Wrongful Death Lien Claims


2007-01: Medicare Wrongful Death Liens

2011-03: Arizona Wrongful Death Lien Claims & Bradley v Sebelius

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