When looking at NFL prospects every night things c

first_imgWhen looking at NFL prospects every night things can start to run together. I mean, I like to watch groups of positions so I am able to jot down notes, scribble out my thoughts and produce a “grade” of sorts. My grades are where I would feel comfortable drafting a player, and as you go through you always wait to have that moment of “wow!”Well, when you watch Ezekiel Ansah play on defense there are times you say “wow!” Now, I will say that those plays aren’t always good — in fact, a lot of them leave you scratching your head. But he’s coming to visit the Arizona Cardinals and he is a guy who can be a weapon on defense. Here’s a closer look at Brigham Young defensive end Ziggy Ansah. The GoodAnsah the FreakWhen they build a prototype defensive end, they would use Ansah’s measurements.Ezekiel measures in at 6-foot-5, 271 pounds, with an arm length of 35″. He clocked a forty time of 4.63 seconds, but more importantly his 10-yard split in the forty was 1.56 seconds.His frame is long, he is well put together, and shows room to add bulk that shouldn’t slow him down.Ansah displays a first step that would rival anyone’s in the draft, and when you put the package together you see a player that could easily rival or surpass any prospect in terms of upside.Flashes productionAnsah is young in his development as a football player, but shows an interesting and rare combination of power and quickness that allows him to play on the edge as either a defensive end or standing up as an outside linebacker.When playing as a 3-4 defensive end, Ansah showed an ability to not just use his speed to rush the passer or penetrate and chase down the ball carrier, but to also consistently drop his pad level and anchor against the run. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   When he is asked to stand up as a 3-4 OLB he looks comfortable in changing direction — albeit a little stiff — but I attribute that to indecision more than not being flexible, and shows a good burst in the pass rushing game.Ansah is a sound tackler in form, using his long arms to wrap up and drag down, but doesn’t always bring his lower half with him in tackles which could present a problem as he gets into the league.The BadNeeds timeWhen you say a player is raw, you think of a guy like Ezekiel Ansah.He’s only played football for three years at BYU, and only started nine games in his senior season.He needs to learn how to use his advantages outside of his speed and power. Too often he initiates contact with his body instead of his hands, and in the NFL he will be stoned more often than not when he does that. People keep talking about this athlete lining up outside as a linebacker and being the answer to the Cardinals’ missing pass rush, but I don’t see that.I mean, he can obviously stand up at times and be effective, but in my opinion I see Ansah as something else.There was one play that Ansah made versus Idaho that stuck with me more than any other in all the film I watched on him, and it was when he was lined up as a 3-4 defensive end. He did that by getting into the blocker with a quick jolt and then stacking them up and using his length to keep the blocker away from his body, before shedding the block and attacking the ball carrier. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img I watched Ansah penetrate through the tackle, guard gap, move down the line and decapitate the running back. I thought to myself, “that’s what I would want Ansah to be in my defense.”A one-gap 3-4 defensive end — that allows him to penetrate, attack and keeps his responsibility at a minimum.I see a guy who could come in and play in a rotation at defensive end and even some time at outside linebacker, but could eventually take over the full time duties from Darnell Dockett and flourish.Is that something fans would be happy with, though? Is the seventh pick too early for a part time 3-4 defensive end/outside linebacker until he filled out and developed into a full-time starter? When he gets knocked out of a play he struggles to get back into proper position to make an attempt at the ball carrier or quarterback, and will often let his blocker use his own momentum to take him out of the picture.Ansah admittedly got winded as games progressed, and when he was stoned on pass rushes would rely on standing and just trying to deflect passes, which with his long arms and good jumping ability actually worked quite well.The AnsahWhere does he play?One of the things I kept battling with as I’ve watched Ansah over the last couple of months was where would I line him up if the Cardinals drafted him?He played as a defensive end, outside linebacker and nose tackle in the 3-4, but is built more like a 4-3 defensive end right now.How would he fit in with the Cardinals? He doesn’t have the look of an elite pass rusher right now from the outside linebacker position and he looks uncomfortable dropping into coverage, so you aren’t drafting him to play as a situational pass rusher or as an every down linebacker in the 3-4 right away.OverallWhen I watch Ansah play, I kept trying to imagine him in Cardinal red, and admittedly was missing the fascination. If Ansah learns to use his arms/hands to keep blockers at bay more consistently and then shed them, he could become an unstoppable force. But he struggles disengaging from good blockers.The biggest issue with Ansah right now is how he handles the little stuff.He takes on blocks with the wrong shoulder, and then is taken completely out of plays unless they come back his way. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Medical Debt Collection Company Accretive Settles Suit With Minnesota

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Chicago-based Accretive Health agrees to pay $2.5 million and end operations in the state for at least two years to settle charges that it violated federal law requiring hospitals to provide emergency care even if people cannot afford to pay.The New York Times: Medical Debt Collector To Settle Suit For $2.5 MillionAccretive Health, one of the nation’s largest collectors of medical debt, has agreed to pay $2.5 million to the Minnesota state attorney general’s office to settle accusations that it violated a federal law requiring hospitals to provide emergency care, even if patients cannot afford to pay (Silver-Greenberg, 7/30).Kaiser Health News: Hospital Debt Collector Settles Minnesota Case For $2.5 MillionAccretive Health, the former bill collector for Fairview Health Service in Minnesota, has agreed to pay a $2.5 million fine and leave the state as part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit brought by state Attorney General Lori Swanson. A federal judge approved the settlement late Monday. The case against Chicago-based Accretive attracted national attention with allegations of repeated privacy breaches and abusive collection tactics, such as approaching patients in emergency room for payment (Stawicki, 7/31).(St. Paul) Pioneer Press: Accretive Settles With Minnesota Over Hospital Debt-Collection PracticesFiled in federal court in January, Swanson’s lawsuit alleged violations of state and federal health privacy laws by the Chicago-based health care consulting firm, which worked under contracts at hospitals operated by Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services and Robbinsdale-based North Memorial Health Care. Swanson claimed Accretive Health also broke state debt collection and consumer protection laws — points she underscored in April with the release of a report that alleged overly aggressive collection techniques in emergency rooms and maternity wards by Accretive Health and Fairview (Snowbeck, 7/30).Minneapolis Star Tribune: Accretive Is Banned From Minnesota Accretive Health will be barred from operating in Minnesota for two to six years under a settlement agreement announced Monday by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. … Accretive, one of the country’s largest health care consulting firms, has consistently denied any wrongdoing. In a statement Monday, the company said there were “no findings of fault,” and that it agreed to the settlement “in order to prevent this matter from being a continued distraction” (Kennedy and Lerner, 7/31).Modern Healthcare: Accretive Health To Pay $2.5 Million SettlementThe company agreed to destroy or return health and financial information of its Minnesota clients within 60 days of closing down its Minnesota operations, the agreement said. Accretive will also pay for an independent consultant to verify it did so. Minnesota’s attorney general will have the power to oversee Accretive’s return to Minnesota’s market for four years after the company’s two-year exile ends. The company must provide 120 days notice of plans to do business in Minnesota and enter into a consent decree with the attorney general (Evans, 7/30).MarketWatch: Accretive To Halt Minnesota Operations, Pay $2.5 MAccretive Health Inc. has agreed to cease its operations in Minnesota and pay $2.5 million to settle a case brought by the state’s attorney general, according a Securities and Exchange Commission filing posted Monday. Accretive promises to stay out of Minnesota for two years after Attorney General Lori Swanson leveled charges against Accretive — a health-care billing consultant — alleging that it employed overly aggressive collection tactics in the emergency rooms, cancer wards and delivery rooms of its clients Fairview Health Services, based in Minneapolis (Britt, 7/30).Reuters: Accretive Health To Exit Minnesota Under SettlementMedical billing services provider Accretive Health Inc said it would wind down its Minnesota operations to settle a 6-month-old lawsuit by the state that has led to the loss of a contract for the company…. Accretive must pay $2.5 million and stop all business operations in Minnesota within the next 90 days under the settlement. The money will partly be used to compensate patients, with the rest going to the state treasury. Accretive said in a statement that it has not yet determined when it will complete the wind down process (Siddiqui, 7/30).The Associated Press: Minn. Settles Suit Over Hospital Debt CollectionsAttorney General Lori Swanson announced a legal settlement Monday that will bar a Chicago medical revenue company from doing business in Minnesota for six years after she accused Accretive Health Inc. of intrusive efforts to collect money from patients in several hospitals. The settlement requires Accretive to stop operations in Minnesota by November. Accretive will be banned for two years outright and another four years after that unless the attorney general approves. Accretive also will pay $2.5 million to set up a restitution fund for patients and return patient data to its client hospitals in the state, which include Fairview Health Systems hospitals, North Memorial Health Care and Maple Grove Hospital. Fairview terminated its contract with Accretive in April (Lohn, 7/30). Medical Debt Collection Company Accretive Settles Suit With Minnesotalast_img read more