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Hospital CEO Tied To Billing Collection Controversy Will Leave

Fairview Health Services of Minnesota opted not to renew the contract of CEO Mark Eustis after investigations into the role of bill collection company Accretive Health at the hospital.

Wall Street Journal: Hospital CEO Will Depart
A Minnesota health system that has come under scrutiny for its hiring of hospital contractor Accretive Health Inc. to handle billing and collections functions said its chief executive will leave at the end of July. The board of Fairview Health Services said Thursday that it decided in a special meeting not to renew the contract of CEO Mark Eustis, and that he will retire on July 31, when the contract expires. The Minneapolis-based nonprofit system, which includes seven hospitals and 42 primary-care clinics, didn't give a reason for the move (Wilde Mathews, 5/24).

Modern Healthcare: CEO Mark Eustis To Leave Fairview Health Services
Fairview Health Services, the Minneapolis-based system at the center of the controversy with billing and collections company Accretive Health, did not renew the contract of President and CEO Mark Eustis during a special meeting Wednesday. Eustis will retire July 31. Chuck Mooty, Fairview's board chairman, was named interim chief executive (Evans and Carlson, 5/24).

Minnesota Public Radio: Fairview Health CEO Leaves
The head of Fairview Health Services, a major Minnesota health system under investigation for bill collection practices, is leaving. The Fairview board held a special meeting Wednesday night and decided not to renew the contract of CEO Mark Eustis. He will retire at the end of July, after serving as head of Fairview for five years. The action comes as Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson pursues a highly critical review of Fairview's contract with its debt collector -- Accretive Health (Stawicki, 5/24).

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