Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Medical debt collector in MN tried to interfere with emergency care


A medical debt collection company, Accretive Health, has agreed to pay a civil fine to the Minnesota state attorney general’s office and has been barred from contracting with hospitals in Minnesota for two years.

The company is said to have hindered operation of a federal law that requires provision of emergency care to uninsured patients who cannot pay.
   
The company was accused of placing debt collectors near hospital emergency rooms and trying to pressure patients to pay before receiving treatment.

Kaiser has a news story on the litigation here
  
It is common for debt collection companies to have separate departments for medical collections.  A debt collector that I worked for in 2003 had such an operation. 

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