Fairview patients receive payouts from Accretive settlement

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Ninety people who claimed they were subject to aggressive collection tactics at Fairview Health Services will receive $364,000 as part of a settlement with Chicago-based Accretive Heath, the Pioneer Press says.

Patients and their relatives claimed they were abused and harrassed by debt collectors from Accretive while waiting for treatment.

Although Accretive denied any wrongdoing, the firm agreed not to conduct business in Minnesota for at least two years and to pay $2.5 million to patients.

The St. Paul newspaper says patients will receive an average of $4,000 individually, but anywhere from $1,000 to $7,000. The remaining $2.1 million will go to the state's general fund, according to Attorney General Lori Swanson's Office.

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