Despite that a patient sought recovery of a hospital’s full medical charges in the patient’s suit against a third party, the Texas Supreme Court recently held that the hospital can not recover the difference between its full charges and the amount paid by the patient’s workers’ compensation carrier from the patient’s tort recovery by filing a lien for the full amount of the hospital’s charges. The Court stated that the hospital could not do indirectly (filing a lien), what it could not do directly (filing suit against the patient for its full charges). The Court held that hospital liens involving workers’ compensation patients must be limited to amounts due under the workers’ compensation system, even though it also acknowledged that the Labor Code prohibits liens against compensation patients. Daughters of Charity Health Services of Waco v. Linnstaedter and Bolen, No. 05-0108 (June 1, 2007).