Accretive slashes forecast as Minnesota exit hits profits

Accretive Health Inc.'s quarterly results missed analysts' expectations, and the medical billing services company cut its full-year forecast after it settled a lawsuit and shut down its operations in Minnesota. The company in July said it would wind down its Minnesota operations to settle a 6-month-old lawsuit by the state. The suit accused Accretive of aggressive collection tactics.
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It's only been days since Accretive Health said it would pull its business out of Minnesota to settle a 6-month-old lawsuit by the state of Minnesota that had led to the loss of a contract for the company.

But it didn't take long for the loss of that business to hurt the company's bottom line, Reuters reports. Accretive Health Inc.'s quarterly results missed analysts' expectations, and the medical billing services company cut its full-year forecast, Reuters says.

The lawsuit accused the company of violating state and federal health privacy laws through aggressive collection tactics.

The settlement banned the company from the state for at least two years.

Accretive had denied Minnesota's charges, but ultimately agreed to settle.

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