AHA Updates Debt Collection Rules Amid Accretive Fuss

Law360, New York (May 30, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT) -- The American Hospital Association on Wednesday publicly released updated billing and collections practice guidelines, which the group revisited for the first time since 2003 after one major collection agency's aggressive methods attracted extensive press coverage and congressional inquiries.

"Recently, the collections issue has again become a prominent topic," the AHA said in a message to members explaining the updates. "The press has reported on aggressive collection activities, focusing on specialized firms retained by hospitals."

Although the AHA board of trustees did not make major changes to...
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