Accretive Health has responded to questions from Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) over the company's patient privacy practices at Fairview hospitals. The 29-page response follows a "highly critical report" from Minnesota's attorney general, who has also filed a lawsuit alleging the debt collection agency illegally obtained and shared patient data, Modern Healthcare reports. Accretive has filed a motion to dismiss the suit. The company has also established a standards group on how healthcare providers interact with patients on financial obligations and has reportedly hired a former Bush administration top health official to lead the new panel. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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