Congressman Pete Stark Requests Probe of Accretive Health
Congressman Pete Stark (D-Calif.) has asked CMS to investigate Accretive Health, one of the country's largest medical debt collectors, after Minnesota's attorney general sued the company for patient privacy violations, according to a New York Times report.
Mr. Stark has sent letters to Marilyn B. Tavenner, the acting administrator of CMS, and Daniel R. Levinson, the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Stark wants to probe Accretive for potentially violating the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, a federal law requiring hospitals to provide emergency care regardless of patients' citizenship, legal status or ability to pay.
Accretive Health declined to comment, according to the report. Shares of its stock dropped by nearly 42 percent Wednesday following news of the Minnesota attorney general's lawsuit.
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