Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fairview boss apologizes for criticized billing tactics, Accretive Health, #nurseup #nursefriendly #healthcare


Fairview boss apologizes for criticized billing tactics, Accretive Health, #nurseup #nursefriendly #healthcare:”In a report this week, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson detailed how Fairview workers and consultants from Accretive Health Inc. employed what she called overly aggressive tactics to get patients to pay their medical bills.
On Friday, April 27, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., wrote to the Chicago-based consulting firm seeking responses by next week to a list of questions. Meanwhile, Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., has called for a federal probe of Accretive, which has seen its stock price fall by about half since Swanson’s report.
Friday night, Fairview officials said they told Accretive they plan to terminate their last remaining contract – an agreement in which Accretive consulted on certain Fairview contracts with health insurance companies.
”These alleged activities included demanding that patients pay for services before and during treatment, particularly targeting pregnant women,” Franken wrote in his letter.
”The report also alleged that Accretive provided a broad range of its employees, including debt collection agents, with full access to Fairview patients’ detailed medical records.”



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