Patients Paid in Minn. Hospital Billing Settlement

Updated: 11/20/2012 3:45 PM By: Leslie Dyste

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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