Remember when "tough tactics" used to be a euphemism for torture?
Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals
One of the nation’s largest medical debt-collection companies is under fire in Minnesota for having placed its employees in emergency rooms and other departments at two hospitals and demanding that patients pay before receiving treatment, according to documents released Tuesday by the Minnesota attorney general. The documents say the company also used patient health records to wrangle for more money on overdue bills.
Indistinguishable from medical staff members, Accretive employees register patients, take down sensitive health information and champion aggressive bill collection goals with incentives like gift cards for staff members, the company records show.
Sounds like Excretive would be a better name for these weasels than Accretive, but let that pass. I knew our health care system was sick, but I didn't know it was this sick.
I wonder if it's possible to sue the hospitals for allowing non-medical staff to pose as medical staff?
NOTE * The example is from the Obama administration, of course. This story also reminds me of the way the Obama administration discrediting rural vaccination programs in Pakistan, by using one as cover for gathering intelligence about Obama's compound. And so what if some peasants die because they think all doctors are spies, now? Of course, Obama had the justification that killing Bin Laden would help his re-election chances, but this program doesn't even have that justification.
Anyhow, hitherto, one hadn't expected to find a debt collector using the uniform of an Emergency Room intake nurse as cover, but I suppose that means none of us were cynical enough.
One more reason to never, ever to get involved with the medical system if you can possibly avoid it.