Waxman, DeGette and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) asked the company for information on its policies and for a list of its clients after Minnesota's attorney general released results of an inquiry into Accretive Health in April that said the company may have violated laws by aggressively collecting bills from emergency room patients as they sought treatment.
The attorney general sued the company in January after the theft of a laptop with patient information and this week asked a judge to allow new allegations the company violated debt collection and consumer protection laws. The company's response to Senate inquiries, the attorney general's new claims and patient complaints “also raise important new questions and issues,” said Waxman and DeGette.
The lawmakers said they are seeking information about patient complaints, polices on privacy, revenue collection, price estimates and compliance with federal laws on emergency-room access and debt collection, more information on collection efforts ahead of treatment, and a client list.
Accretive Health declined to comment on the lawmakers' letter.