The American Hospital Association agreed to meet with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, to discuss hospital billing and collection practices. AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack said he was called out of his office this morning to meet about 70 ACORN members who showed up unannounced at the AHA's Washington headquarters. Pollack said ACORN, which represents mostly moderate- and low-income families, requested further dialogue on the matter, preferably within 30 days. In notices to the media, the group said it intended to request that "all non-profit hospitals live up to their responsibilities to the uninsured and underinsured." -- by Ralph Loos
AHA, community group to meet over hospital billing
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