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Published November 20, 2012, 02:47 PM

Patients paid in Minnesota hospital billing settlement

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 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.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 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.

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.

A Swanson spokesman tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press former state Supreme Court Justice James Gilbert acted as a special master in deciding how to distribute the funds.

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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