Health system backs off patient debt collections

Fairview Health Services in Minnesota has pulled back on collecting patient debts after the state's Attorney General accused the firm it hired to obtain payments of widespread abuses, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Attorney General Lori Swanson last month condemned Chicago-based Accretive Health and suggested it engaged in aggressive collections practices on behalf of other providers.

Meanwhile, Fairview CEO Mark Eustis disclosed that both his son and the son of the head of Fairview's medical group are Accretive employees. Article