Records show that just months after consulting firm Accretive swept into the Fairview health care system with a new approach to collecting money from patients, hospital employees were expressing alarm and frustration, the Star Tribune reports. "We are giving the image that we are money-hungry," one employee said. Said another: "The patients are being bombarded by phone calls."
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Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 26
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List of the coldest wind chills in Minnesota Wednesday morning
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Driver, 41, killed in crash with box truck on Hwy. 10 near St. Cloud
The deceased driver is from St. Cloud.
Task force uses 'box maneuver' to arrest teen fugitive in Brooklyn Center
There was an infant in the car with him.
Spielman: 'That head coach has to have a relationship with that QB'
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Gallery: France 44 to build two-story addition, rooftop patio
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Ryan Poles picking Chicago creates battle of the rebuilds with Vikings
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Report: 'This Is Us' star creating NBC series about MN girls' hockey team
No word on when the show will launch.
Accretive stock plunges on regulator's report
Chicago-based Accretive Health Inc.'s stock was down more than 11 percent after it was announced Thursday that aggressive collection practices at a Minnesota hospital formerly affiliated with the company violated federal patient protection laws, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Settlement bans Accretive from Minnesota for at least two years
A settlement agreement in Minnesota's lawsuit against Accretive Health Services will keep the consulting firm from doing business in the state for at least two years. Accretive also agreed to pay $2.5 million in restitution to patients, although the company says it is admitting no wrongdoing. Attorney General Lori Swanson sued Accretive over aggressive payment collection, alleging the company invaded patients' privacy and subjected some to emergency room shakedowns before they'd been treated.
Accretive files motion to dismiss lawsuit, says allegations are 'simply wrong'
The Chicago-based consulting firm wants a federal judge to throw out a second amended complaint filed by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson after more patients came forward accusing the company of overly aggressive billing and collection tactics, the Pioneer Press reports. Accretive Health is accused of violating state and federal privacy laws, state debt collection laws and state consumer protection laws through its work with Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services.
Accretive says it's addressing concerns raised in Swanson's report
Accretive Health says it's working with advisers on addressing the concerns about high-pressure tactics that Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson raised in her report last week. But the medical debt collection agency calls it a "flagrant distortion" to say the company solicited payments from patients in their hospital beds.
Fairview Health Services terminates contract with Accretive Health
The health care system felt it was necessary to cut its ties with the debt collector. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson accused Chicago-based Accretive of using high-pressure strategies to get Minnesota hospital patients to pay for their treatments. The Business Journal reports Fairview began reducing its contract with the collection firm after a laptop with unencrypted patient information was stolen. Meanwhile, a Democratic Congressman from California is now calling for a federal investigation.
New Franken legislation aimed at aggressive patient debt collection tactics
Responding to complaints about Fairview Southdale Hospital's former debt collector Accretive Health, U.S. Sen. Al Franken Wednesday introduced legislation Wednesday designed to stop debt collectors from approaching patients in emergency rooms, delivery wards and intensive care units. The legislation also take steps to protect patient medical information.
Lori Swanson: Medical bill collector overly aggressive
Minnesota's Attorney General released an investigative report Tuesday into Accretive Health Inc. It accuses the Chicago-based consultant, who was hired by Fairview Health System, of imposing collection quotas and pressuring hospital employees to collect money from patients before treatment.
Swanson, Accretive trade barbs over new documents
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson released a new batch of patient affidavits Thursday on Accretive Health Inc. – including accounts by parents who said they were hounded for payment while their crying children waited for care – as she and the Chicago firm traded filings over the merit of her lawsuit. The firm first filed for dismissal in late April and said that the new documents are a rehash of "baseless allegations and mischaracterizations.''
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