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Accretive Readies Responses About Business Practices

Health care consultant group Accretive plans to answer questions from the Minnesota senator and respond to the state's attorney general in a report to be released today.

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Accretive To Comply With Franken's Query, CEO Says 
Accretive Health CEO Mary Tolan has pledged to fully respond to questions that Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., posed last month about the company's debt-collection tactics and patient-privacy practices at Fairview hospitals. Speaking with Wall Street analysts, Tolan said she plans to have answers by Friday to Franken's questions, plus a response to a blistering report that Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson compiled on the Chicago-based firm. Her comments came in a previously scheduled call to discuss Accretive's latest financial results, but the issue of Swanson's report came up in conversations with the analysts (Mitchell, 5/10). 

Market Watch: Another Politician Intervenes In Accretive Case
Another politician is stepping into the fray in the Accretive Health collections issue, as U.S. Sen. Al Franken has asked for information from the company. Franken, the Minnesota Democrat, is pressing the company for answers after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel acted on behalf of Accretive  last week in an effort to smooth over some of the troubles the health care consultant is having (Britt, 5/10).

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