Shares of Accretive Health (AH +4.4%) bounce after the company submits a 29-page reply to...


Shares of Accretive Health (AH +4.4%) bounce after the company submits a 29-page reply to questions raised by Senator Al Franken after Minnesota's AG alleged that AH used potentially illegal tactics to collect payments from patients at a Minnesota health facility. In its reply the company insisted it did not violate any federal laws related to patient privacy or debt collection and said it "appreciates the opportunity to set the record straight."

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  • davidbdc
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    They didn't violate any laws except the laws of decency.

     

    I'm all for paying for what you buy. And I don't believe health care is "free". But no way should the halls and emergency rooms in a hospital be filled with debt collectors.

     

    IF people don't pay their bill, there are legal methods of collecting money that don't involve subjecting sick/injured people to additional stress. Not to mention, they are effectively acting as judge and jury if people actually have challenged whatever the bill collector is saying they owe.

     

    Twice in my life I've had a bill which I refused to pay. Once it was for goods sent to me that I didn't order. The second was for a doctor's bill.... from a doctor that didn't perform the service billed. Both times I had debt collectors send letters, threaten me on the phone, and once even showed up in person. I told them to pound sand and finally had a lawyer send a cease and desist letter threatening legal action given that I claimed I didn't owe the money. But how many people 1. Realize they have avenues to challenge the claim. 2. Have the resources to afford a lawyer. 3. Have the werewithall to challenge the original bill that is erronous or fraudulent.

     

    Bill collectors run legitimate businesses (I'd question many of their practices) but that place isn't in the hospital. If Hospitals want to be proactive on the revenue side I'd suggest posting cash prices on the doors when you walk in and offer good discounts to people who pay for service!
    15 May 2012, 01:46 PM Reply Like
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