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Entries by Jeffrey Young from 05/2012

Debt Collectors At Hospitals Face Federal Inquiry Over Allegations Of Hassling Patients

Posted 05.02.2012 | Business

Government regulators are looking into reports of aggressive debt collectors hassling patients at hospitals. Health and Human Services Secretary Ka...

U.S. Leads Industrialized Nations In Health Care Costs, Falls Behind In Quality: Study

Posted 05.03.2012 | Business

Health care in America costs more than in other industrialized nation and we aren't even getting the world's best care for our dollars, according to a...

Health Care Reform In Oregon Gets $1.9 Billion From U.S. For Poor Residents

Posted 05.03.2012 | Business

Oregon may have found a way to improve the health care it provides poor residents while saving money. The federal government has agreed to give the st...

Health Care Costs Have Older, Wealthier Americans 'Terrified,' Survey Shows

Posted 05.07.2012 | Money

Health care costs have even the wealthy worried. According to a new survey commissioned by Nationwide Financial and conducted by Harris Interactive...

Health Care Access Worsened For Americans Since 2000: Report

Posted 05.07.2012 | Business

Even having good health insurance is no guarantee of getting the best health care. Ashlie Hubbard learned this the hard way after the birth of her dau...

Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Mayor, Asks Minnesota To Ease Off Hospital Debt Collection Firm

Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants his Democratic colleague Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson to lay off hospital debt-collector Accretive Health,...

Accretive Health Debt Collector Defends Embedding Employees Inside Hospitals

Posted 05.11.2012 | Business

Accretive Health, a debt-collection company under fire from Minnesota and federal officials for aggressive tactics to squeeze money from hospital pati...

Health Care Costs To Exceed A Record $20,000 Per Year For Families With Insurance, Study Says

Posted 05.15.2012 | Money

Health care costs for a family of four covered by workplace health insurance will exceed $20,000 for the first time ever this year -- $20,728 to be pr...

Accretive Health Hires Mike Leavitt, Ex-Bush Cabinet Member, In Bid To Restore Reputation

Posted 05.15.2012 | Business

Accretive Health, a debt-collection company under fire for allegedly hounding hospital patients over unpaid bills, has hired former President George W...

Hospital Employees Criticize Accretive Health's Debt Collection Methods: Report

Posted 05.16.2012 | Business

Employees at Minnesota hospitals that contracted with Accretive Health repeatedly complained about the company's methods of getting money from patient...

Hospital Debt Collection A Symptom Of A Sick Health Care System

Posted 05.18.2012 | Business

No one at the hospital ever said Bruce Folken's medical care would suffer if he didn't pay up, but it sure felt that way. Folken, 62, went to Fairv...

Mark Eustis Steps Down, Fairview Health Services CEO Was Criticized For Debt-Collection Practices

Posted 05.24.2012 | Business

Mark Eustis, the president CEO of a Minnesota hospital company under fire from state and federal authorities for allegedly harsh tactics its employees...