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Accretive launching collection-standards panel

By Melanie Evans
Posted: May 15, 2012 - 5:00 pm ET

Accretive Health, the billing and collection company that is under scrutiny after a highly critical report by Minnesota's attorney general, said it would launch and fund a panel to set patient collection standards.

Accretive named Mike Leavitt, former HHS secretary and founder of a healthcare consulting company, to chair the panel, according to a news release.

The company also named a few prominent health and public policy experts as advisers to the panel, including Dr. Mark McClellan, former CMS administrator, and Donna Shalala, former HHS secretary. Advisers also include Tom Daschle and Dr. Bill Frist, former U.S. senators, and Jamie Gorelick, formerly U.S. deputy attorney general.

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Accretive said it would fund the initiative with other healthcare organizations but would have no role in the panel other than providing data, the release said.

The panel will select a not-for-profit, independent standard development organization to bring together healthcare industry organizations, patient advocates, trade groups and others to create “voluntary consensus standards” that will be sent to a national accreditation group, the release said. “It is anticipated that the conveners will organize in May and commence their work in June,” the release said.

The American Hospital Association recently updated its guidance on hospital billing and collection practices. The trade group has not been contacted about the panel, a spokeswoman said.

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