Patients Paid in Minn. Hospital Billing Settlement
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is distributing money to patients who claimed they were subject to aggressive collection tactics at Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services.
Ben Wogsland with the Minnesota Attorney General's Office confirms Swanson has distributed $364,000 to 90 people.
The money comes from a July agreement in which Fairview vendor Accretive Health paid $2.49 million to settle allegations that the company broke Minnesota debt collection and consumer protection laws.
Individual awards vary from $1,000 to $7,000. The remaining $2.1 million will go into Minnesota's general fund.
Swanson alleged that Chicago-based Accretive Health instituted overly aggressive collection tactics at Fairview. The company admitted no wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
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