A six-month legal feud between Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and Accretive Health Services has come to an end with a settlement. The medical bill collection consultant will do no business in the state for at least two years and will pay $2.5 million to Minnesota patients.
While agreeing to the conditions and payment contained in the settlement, Accretive emphasized that it is admitting no wrongdoing and insisted Swanson failed to identify any problems.
Swanson first sued Accretive over the loss of a laptop computer that contained patient information. But she upped the ante in April when she blasted the company for debt collection practices that she said included emergency room shakedowns of patients before they were treated. The firestorm soon prompted Fairview Health Services to cancel its contract with Accretive, although some employees had apparently had misgivings about the consultant for two years.