Six days after Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson released a report detailing her criticisms with Accretive Health Inc., the company asked U.S. District Judge Richard H. Kyle in St. Paul, Minnesota to throw out a lawsuit Swanson filed in January which accused the hospital billings and collections company of breaching privacy laws when they lost a laptop that contained data of 23,500 patients.
According to court filings, Accretive called Swanson’s lawsuit “factually baseless and legally indefensible.” The company also said, “Rather than litigate this case in the courtroom, the attorney general orchestrated a nationwide media campaign against Accretive Health giving numerous television and print interviews to trumpet her release of a so-called ‘compliance review,’” Bloomberg Businessweek reported.
Accretive said that Swanson’s claims that the company planted debt collectors in several hospital emergency rooms and even at the besides of patients, which sometimes included pressuring patients for payment before they even received care, a “flagrant distortion of fact.”
Shortly after the report by Swanson was released, news sources reported that Accretive investors filed a lawsuit claiming securities fraud. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said that the agency could lift Accretive’s license if they have been found guilty of committing a wrongdoing. A spokesperson for the Illinois Attorney General’s office said in a phone interview with Bloomberg, “We are reaching out to the Minnesota attorney general’s office, to get a sense of what they’re working on.”