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Aided by Fox News, For-Profit Colleges Use Shameless Propaganda to Mask Shameful Conduct

David_Halperin | Posted 04.23.2013 | College
David_Halperin

Instead of taking this opportunity to reform, the industry's big players appear to be digging in, and continuing to use their revenues -- about 86 percent of which come from taxpayers -- to engage in lobbying and propaganda aimed at convincing the public that everything is fine.

Here Come The Feds: Minnesota Hospital Faces Sanctions Over Shaking Down Patients

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business

A Minnesota hospital company that worked with debt-collection firm Accretive Health is in hot water with the federal government over allegedly harassi...

Jeffrey Young

Paid In Full: Controversial Hospital Debt Collector Barred From Minnesota

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business

Accretive Health, a hospital billing and debt-collection contractor accused of badgering patients for money, won't be allowed to do business in Minnes...

Shareholder Sues Debt-Collection Company Over 'Deplorable' Practices

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

The problems just keep piling up for the nation's most famous collector of hospital debts. Accretive Health, the Chicago-based debt collection comp...

Hospital Debt Collection Could Soon Get Tougher

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.26.2012 | Business

When it comes to settling hospital bills, government officials want to give patients a little bit of breathing room. New rules proposed last Frida...

Hospital CEO To Step Down Amid Accretive Health Debt-Collection Controversy

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | 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...

Jeffrey Young

'Do You Want To Pay Now?': How A Hospital Hounded A Sick Patient

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.21.2012 | 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...

'We Are Giving The Image That We Are Money-Hungry,' Hospital Workers Say

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business

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

Jeffrey Young

Hospital Debt Collector Taps Washington Bigwigs In Bid To Restore Reputation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | 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...

Jeffrey Young

For Your Own Good: Debt Collectors Say They Help Hospital Patients By Demanding Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | 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...

Matt Sledge

Chicago To Give Aggressive Hospital Debt Collector Millions

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.10.2012 | Chicago

Under an agreement approved by the City Council last year, Chicago is set to hand over $6 million in tax increment financing to Accretive Health, the ...

Jeffrey Young

Rahm Emanuel Fights For Widely Criticized Debt Collector

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | 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,...

Jeffrey Young

Here Come The Feds: Hospital Debt Collection Under Scrutiny From Obama Cabinet Member And Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | 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...

Nonprofit Hospitals Sued 40,000 Patients Over Unpaid Bills

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business

Hospitals in North Carolina are taking debt-collection to a whole new level. Certain North Carolina hospitals sued 40,000 patients for unpaid bill...

A Candy Store for Criminals: The Debt-Collection Business

Bill Bartmann | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Bill Bartmann

It would be convenient to paint an innocent, it-happens-to-everyone portrait of the debt-collection industry, but the truth looks much less like a portrait and more like a mug shot: The debt-collection business has become a career of choice for criminals.

It's Time for a "Regulatory Cocktail" Against Unethical Debt Collectors

Bill Bartmann | Posted 05.21.2012 | Business
Bill Bartmann

Many U.S. attorneys general are working with each other and with the federal government to control and eventually eradicate the scourge that is unethical debt collectors, because just one strategy alone seems not to be enough.

William Alden

Minnesota Attorney General Backs New York's Eric Schneiderman In Foreclosure Talks

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- As government officials work to settle claims that the nation's biggest banks illegally foreclosed on American homeowners, Minnesota Attor...

Consumer Agency's Path Will Be Set By First Chief

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

More than 400 pages of legislation detail the duties and powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that Congress is set to create. But the fi...

Illinois Tollway Wrongly Targeting Minnesota Drivers: Minnesota AG

AP | ELIZABETH DUNBAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota's Attorney General on Thursday called on Illinois officials to stop sending tickets to Minnesota drivers until they...

$15,000 DOORS! St. Paul AG Goes SOUNDPROOF - But WHY?

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ST. PAUL, Minn. A report says Attorney General Lori Swanson's office paid $15,000 in taxpayer money for two special-order soundproof doors. WCCO...