Minn. files memo de­tail­ing pa­tients’ Ac­cre­tive deal­ings

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Min­nesota’s at­tor­ney gen­eral filed a mem­o­ran­dum in fed­eral court with new state­ments from pa­tients to sup­port the state’s law­suit against Ac­cre­tive Health. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Lori Swan­son had sued the Chicago-based health­care billing and col­lec­tion com­pany in Jan­uary af­ter the theft of an Ac­cre­tive lap­top in 2011. The un­en­crypted lap­top con­tained in­for­ma­tion about pa­tients treated at Fairview Health Ser­vices, Min­neapo­lis, and North Memo­rial Health Care, Rob­bins­dale. It later amended the com­plaint last month, al­leg­ing that its em­ploy­ees vi­o­lated debt col­lec­tion and con­sumer pro­tec­tion laws when they pres­sured pa­tients at Fairview Health Ser­vices to make pay­ments for their care in ad­vance of re­ceiv­ing treat­ment. The mem­o­ran­dum in­cludes af­fi­davits from an ad­di­tional 10 pa­tients. “Ac­cre­tive or­ches­trated a pat­tern of un­law­ful and rep­re­hen­si­ble con­duct to­ward emer­gency room and other hospi­tal pa­tients in Min­nesota,” Swan­son said in the court fil­ing. “These pa­tients should be heard, and this law­suit should move for­ward.” Ear­lier this month, Ac­cre­tive filed a mo­tion to dis­miss the state’s sec­ond amended com­plaint. “Once again, the at­tor­ney gen­eral has re­hashed the same base­less al­le­ga­tions and mis­char­ac­ter­i­za­tions on which her orig­i­nal claim was based,” Ac­cre­tive said in a state­ment. “Her fil­ings are de­signed to dis­tract at­ten­tion from the in­con­tro­vert­ible fact that she has not been able to iden­tify a sin­gle pa­tient who had an in­ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ac­tion with an Ac­cre­tive Health em­ployee or who was de­nied care for any rea­son.”

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