Senate Bill #443 (2021)

AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- THE HOSPITAL CONVERSIONS ACT

Requires the transacting parties/new hospital seeking conversion to supply additional information in application for review by the DOH/DAG relating to staffing levels/pension plans/community impact.

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  • 2021 – S 0443
  • 2021 – S 0443 SUBSTITUTE A AS AMENDED
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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS LAND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2021
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  • A N A C T
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2021
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – THE HOSPITAL CONVERSIONS ACT
  • Introduced By: Senators McCaffrey, Ruggerio, Goodwin, Miller, Coyne, Bell, Gallo,
  • Lombardo, Cano, and Archambault
  • Date Introduced: February 25, 2021
  • Referred To: Senate Judiciary
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Sections 23-17.14-6, 23-17.14-7, 23-17.14-10 and 23-17.14-12.1 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-17.14 entitled "The Hospital Conversions Act" are hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 23-17.14-6.Initialapplication– Conversions involvingfor-profitcorporations ornot- for-profit as acquirors.
  • (a) Nopersonshall engage in a conversion with a for profit corporation as the acquiror and a not-for-profit corporation as the acquiree involving the establishment, maintenance, or operation of a hospital or a conversion subject to § 23-17.14-9 without prior approval of both the department of attorney generaland the departmentof health. The review of the two(2) departments shall occur concurrently, and neither department shall delay its review or determination because the other departmenthas not completed its review or issued its determination. The applicant mayrequestthat the review bythe departments occur concurrently with the review of anyrelevantfederalregulatory authority. The transacting parties shall file an initial application in accordance withsubsection (b) of this section that shall, at minimum, include the following information with respect to each transacting party and to the proposed new hospital:
  • (1) A detailed summary of the proposed conversion;
  • (2) Names, addresses and phone numbers of the transacting parties;
  • (3) Name, address, phone number, occupation, and tenure of all officers, members of the board of directors, trustees, executives, and senior managers, including for eachposition, current persons and persons holding such position during the past two (2) years;
  • (4) A list of all committees, subcommittees, taskforces, or similar entities of the board of directors or trustees,including a shortdescription of the purpose of eachcommittee, subcommittee, task force, or similar entity and the name, address, phone number, occupation, and tenure of each member;
  • (5) Agenda and minutes of all meetings of the board of directors or trustees andany of its committees, subcommittees, task forces related to the conversion, or similar entities excluding those focused on peer review and confidential medical matters, that occurred within the two (2) year period prior tosubmission of the application, including, upon the requestof the departmentor attorney general, any meeting packages;
  • (6) Articles of incorporation and certificate of incorporation;
  • (7) Bylaws and organizational charts;
  • (8) Organizational structure for existing transacting parties and each partner, affiliate, parent, subsidiary or related corporate entity in which the acquiror has a twenty percent(20%) or greater ownership interest;
  • (9) Conflict of interest statements, policies and procedures;
  • (10) Names, addresses and phone numbers of professional consultants engaged in connection with the proposed conversion;
  • (11) Copies of audited income statements, balance sheets,other financial statements, and managementlettersfor the pastthree (3) years andtothe extenttheyhave beenmade public,audited interim financial statements and income statements together with detailed description of the financing structure of the proposed conversion including equity contribution, debt restructuring, stock issuance, partnership interests, stock offerings and the like;
  • (12) A detailed description of realestate issues including title reports for land owned and lease agreements concerning the proposed conversion;
  • (13) A detailed description aseachrelatestothe proposed transaction for equipment leases, insurance, regulatory compliance, tax status, pending litigation or pending regulatory citations, pension plan descriptions and employee benefits, environmental reports, assessments and organizational goals;
  • (14) Copies of reports analyzing the proposed conversion during the past three (3) years including, but not limited to, reports by appraisers,accountants, investment bankers, actuaries and other experts;
  • (15) Copies of any opinions or memoranda addressing the state and federal tax consequences of the proposed conversion prepared for a transacting party by an attorney,
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  • (16) A description of the manner in which the price was determined including which methods of valuation and whatdata were used, and the names and addresses of persons preparing the documents, and this information is deemed to be proprietary;
  • (17) Patient statistics for the past three (3) years and patient projections for the next one year including patient visits, admissions, emergencyroom visits, clinical visits, and visits to each department of the hospital, admissions to nursing care or visits by affiliated home healthcare entities;
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Sections 23-17.14-4, 23-17.14-6, 23-17.14-7, 23-17.14-8, 23-17.14-10, 23- 17.14-12.1 and 23-17.14-31 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-17.14 entitled "The Hospital Conversions Act" are hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 23-17.14-4. Definitions.
  • For purposes of this chapter:
  • (1) "Acquiree" means the person or persons that lose(s) any ownership or control in the new hospital as a result of a conversion, as the terms "conversion," "new hospital," and "person(s)" are defined within this chapter;
  • (2) "Acquiror" means the person or persons which gain(s) an ownership or control in the new hospital as a result of a conversion, as the terms "conversion," "new hospital," and "person(s)" are defined within this chapter;
  • (3) "Affected community" means any city or town within the state wherein an existing hospital is physically located and/or those cities and towns whose inhabitants are regularly served by the existing hospital;
  • (4) "Charity care" is defined as healthcare services provided by a hospital without charge to a patient and for which the hospital does not and has not expected payment;
  • (5) "Community benefit" means the provision of hospital services that meet the ongoing needs of the community for primary and emergency care in a manner that enables families and members of the community to maintain relationships with person who are hospitalized or are receiving hospital services, and shall also include, but not be limited to charity care and uncompensated care;
  • (6)"Conversion"meansanytransferbyapersonorpersonsofanownershipormembership interest or authority in a hospital, or the assets of a hospital, whether by purchase, merger, consolidation, lease, gift, joint venture, sale, or other disposition which results in a change of ownership or control or possession of twenty percent (20%) or greater of the members or voting rights or interests of the hospital or of the assets of the hospital or pursuant to which, by virtue of the transfer, a person, together with all persons affiliated with the person, holds or owns, in the aggregate, twenty percent (20%) or greater of the membership or voting rights or interests of the hospital or of the assets of the hospital, or the removal, addition or substitution of a partner which results in a new partner gaining or acquiring a controlling interest in the hospital, or any change in membership which results in a new person gaining or acquiring a controlling vote in the hospital;
  • (7) "Current conflict of interest forms" means conflict of interest forms signed within one year prior to the date the application is submitted in the same form as submitted to auditors for the transacting parties in connection with the preparation of financial statements, or in such other on a form as is acceptable to the department of the attorney general, together with a description of any conflicts of interest that have been discovered by or disclosed to a transacting party since the date of such conflict of interest forms setting forth any possible conflict of interest for all officers, directors, members of the board, trustees, senior management, chairpersons or department chairpersons and medical directors or the transacting parties and their families;
  • (8) "Department" means the department of health. However "departments" shall mean the department of health and the department of the attorney general;
  • (9) "Director" means the director of the department of health;
  • (10) "Existing hospital" means the acquiree hospital as it exists prior to the acquisition;
  • (11) "For-profit corporation" means a legal entity formed for the purpose of transacting business which has as any one of its purposes pecuniary profit;
  • (12) "Hospital" means a person or governmental entity licensed in accordance withchapter 17 of this title to establish, maintain and operate a hospital;
  • (13) "Incumbent or recently incumbent" means those individuals holding the position at the time the application was submitted and any individual who held a similar position within one year prior to the application's acceptance;
  • (13)(14) "New hospital" means the acquiree hospital as it exists after the completion of a conversion;
  • (14)(15) "Not-for-profit corporation means a legal entity formed for some charitable or benevolent purpose and not-for-profit which has been exempted from taxation pursuant to Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)(3), 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3);
  • (15)(16) "Person" means any individual, trust or estate, partnership, corporation (including associations, joint stock companies and insurance companies), state or political subdivision or instrumentality of the state;
  • (16)(17) "Senior managers" or "senior management" means executives and senior level managers of a transacting party;
  • (17)(18) "Transacting parties" means the acquiree and the acquiror; and
  • (18)(19) "Uncompensated care" means a combination of free care, which the hospital provides at no cost to the patient, bad debt, which the hospital bills for but does not collect, and less than full Medicaid reimbursement amounts.
  • 23-17.14-6. Initial application – Conversionsinvolving for-profit corporationsor not- for-profit as acquirors. Initial application – Conversions involving for-profit corporations or not-for-profit corporations as acquirors or acquirees.
  • (a) No person shall engage in a conversion with a for profit for-profit corporation as the acquiror and or a not-for-profit corporation as the acquiror or acquiree involving the establishment, maintenance, or operation of a hospital or a conversion subject to § 23-17.14-9 without prior approval of both the department of attorney general and the department of health. The review of the two (2) departments shall occur concurrently, and neither department shall delay its review or determination because the other department has not completed its review or issued its determination. The applicant may request that the review by the departments occur concurrently with the review of any relevant federal regulatory authority. The transacting parties shall file an initial application in accordance with subsection (b) of this section that shall, at minimum, include the following information with respect to each transacting party and to the proposed new hospital:
  • (1) A detailed summary of the proposed conversion;
  • (2) Names, addresses and phone numbers of the transacting parties;
  • (3) Name, address, phone number, occupation, and tenure of all officers, members of the board of directors, trustees, executives, and senior managers, including for each position, current persons and persons holding such position during the past two (2) years;
  • (4) A list of all committees, subcommittees, task forces, or similar entities of the board of directors or trustees, including a short description of the purpose of each committee, subcommittee, task force, or similar entity and the name, address, phone number, occupation, and tenure of each member;
  • (5) Agenda and minutes of all meetings of the board of directors or trustees and any of its committees, subcommittees, task forces related to the conversion, or similar entities excluding those focused on peer review and confidential medical matters, that occurred within the two (2) year period prior to submission of the application, including, upon the request of the department or attorney general, any meeting packages;
  • (6) Articles of incorporation and certificate of incorporation;
  • (7) Bylaws and organizational charts;
  • (8) Organizational structure for existing transacting parties and each partner, affiliate, parent, subsidiary or related corporate entity in which the acquiror has a twenty percent (20%) or greater ownership interest;
  • (9) Conflict of interest statements, policies and procedures;
  • (10) Names, addresses and phone numbers of professional consultants engaged in connection with the proposed conversion;
  • (11) Copies of audited income statements, balance sheets, other financial statements, and managementlettersforthepastthree(3)yearsandtotheextenttheyhavebeenmadepublic,audited interim financial statements and income statements together with detailed description of the financing structure of the proposed conversion including equity contribution, debt restructuring, stock issuance, partnership interests, stock offerings and the like;
  • (12) A detailed description of real estate issues including title reports for land owned and lease agreements concerning the proposed conversion;
  • (13) A detailed descriptionas eachrelatestotheproposed transaction forequipment leases, insurance, regulatory compliance, tax status, pending litigation or pending regulatory citations, pension plan descriptions and employee benefits, environmental reports, assessments and organizational goals;
  • (14) Copies of reports analyzing the proposed conversion during the past three (3) years including, but not limited to, reports by appraisers, accountants, investment bankers, actuaries and other experts;
  • (15) Copies of any opinions or memoranda addressing the state and federal tax consequences of the proposed conversion prepared for a transacting party by an attorney, accountant, or other expert;
  • (16) A description of the manner in which the price was determined including which methods of valuation and what data were used, and the names and addresses of persons preparing the documents, and this information is deemed to be proprietary;
  • (17) Patient statistics for the past three (3) years and patient projections for the next one year including patient visits, admissions, emergency room visits, clinical visits, and visits to each department of the hospital, admissions to nursing care or visits by affiliated home healthcare entities;
  • (18) The name and mailing address of all licensed facilities in which the for-profit corporation maintains an ownership interest or controlling interest or operating authority;
  • (19) A list of pending or adjudicated citations, violations or charges against the facilities listed in subdivision (a)(18) brought by any governmental agency or accrediting agencywithin the past three (3) years and the status or disposition of each matter with regard to patient care and charitable asset matters;
  • (20) A list of uncompensated care provided over the past three (3) years by each facility listed in subdivision (a)(18) and detailas to how that amount was calculated;
  • (19) A list of pending or adjudicated citations, violations or charges against the facilities listed in subdivision (a)(18) brought by any governmental agency or accrediting agency within the past three (3) years and the status or disposition of each matter with regard to patient access and care and charitable asset matters;
  • (20) A list of uncompensated care provided over the past three (3) years by each facility listed in subdivision (a)(18) and detail as to how that amount was calculated;
  • (21) Copies of all documents related to:
  • (i) Identification of all charitable assets
  • (ii) Accounting of all charitable assets for the past three (3) years; and
  • (iii) Distribution of the charitable assets including, but not limited to, endowments, restricted, unrestricted and specific purpose funds as each relates to the proposed transaction;
  • (22) A description of charitycareanduncompensatedcareprovided by the existing hospital for the previous three (3) year period to the presentincluding a dollar amount and a description of services provided to patients;
  • (22)Adescriptionofcharitycareanduncompensatedcareprovidedbytheexistinghospital hospital(s) for the previous three (3) year period to the present including a dollar amount and a description of services provided to patients;
  • (23) A description of bad debt incurred by the existing hospital for the previous three (3) years for which payment was anticipated but not received;
  • (24) A description of the plan as to how the new hospital will provide community benefit and charity care during the first three (3) years of operation;
  • (25) A description of how the new hospital will monitor and value charity care services and community benefit;
  • (26) The names of persons currently holding a position as an officer, director, board member, or senior manager who will or will not maintain any position with the new hospital and whether any said person will receive any salary, severance stock offering or any financial gain, current or deferred, as a result of or in relation to the proposed conversion;
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  • (27) Copies of capital and operating budgets or other financial projections for the new hospital during the first three (3) years of operation;
  • (28) Copies of plans relative to staffing during the first three (3) years at the new hospital;
  • (29) A list of all medical services, departments and clinical services, and administrative services which will be maintained at the new hospital, including staffing levels;
  • (30) A description of criteria established by the board of directors of the existing hospital transacting parties for pursuing a proposed conversion with one or more healthcare providers;
  • (31) Copies of reports of any due diligence review performed by eachtransacting party in relation to the proposed conversion. These reports are to be held by the attorney general and department of health as confidential and not releasedto the public regardless of any determination made pursuant to § 23-17.14-32 and not withstanding any other provision of the generallaws;
  • (31) Copies of reports of any due diligence review performed by each transacting party in relation to the proposed conversion. These reports are to be held by the attorney general and department of health as confidential and not released to the public regardless of any determination made pursuant to § 23-17.14-32 and not withstanding any other provision of the general laws;
  • (32) A description of request for proposals issued by the existing hospital transacting parties relating to pursuing a proposed conversion;
  • (33) Copies of reports analyzing affiliations, mergers, or other similar transactions consideredby anyof thetransactingparties during the pastthree(3)years,including, butnot limited to, reports by appraisers, accountants, investment bankers, actuaries and other experts;
  • (33) Copies of reports analyzing affiliations, mergers, or other similar transactions consideredbyanyofthetransactingpartiesduringthepastthree(3)years,including,butnotlimited to, reports by appraisers, accountants, investment bankers, actuaries and other experts;
  • (34) A copy of proposed contracts or description of proposed contracts or arrangements with senior managers, board members, officers, or directors of the existing hospital transacting parties for severance consulting services or covenants not to compete following completion of the proposed conversion;
  • (35) A copyor description of all agreements or proposed agreements reflectingany current and/or future employment or compensatedrelationship betweenthe acquiror (or any related entity) and any officer, director, board member, or senior manager of the acquiree (or any related entity);
  • (36) A copy or description of all agreements executedor anticipated to be executedby any of the transacting parties in connection with the proposed conversion;
  • (37) Copies of documents or description of any proposed plan for any entity to be created for charitable assets,including but not limited to, endowments, restricted,unrestricted and specific purpose funds, the proposed articles of incorporation, bylaws, mission statement, program agenda, method of appointment of board members, qualifications of board members, duties of board members, and conflict of interest policies;
  • (38) Description of all departments, clinical, social, or other services or medical services that will be eliminated or significantly reduced atthe new hospital by transacting parties at either the new hospital(s) or the existing hospital(s);
  • (39) Description of staffing levels for five (5) years of all categories of employees,
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  • (35) A copy or description of all agreements or proposed agreements reflecting any current and/or future employment or compensated relationship between the acquiror (or any related entity) and any officer, director, board member, or senior manager of the acquiree (or any related entity);
  • (36) A copy or description of all agreements executed or anticipated to be executed by any of the transacting parties in connection with the proposed conversion;
  • (37) Copies of documents or description of any proposed plan for any entity to be created for charitable assets, including but not limited to, endowments, restricted, unrestricted and specific purpose funds, the proposed articles of incorporation, bylaws, mission statement, program agenda, method of appointment of board members, qualifications of board members, duties of board members, and conflict of interest policies;
  • (38) Description of all departments, clinical, social, or other services or medical services that will be eliminated or significantly reduced at the new hospital by transacting parties at either the new hospital(s) or the existing hospital(s);
  • (39) Description of staffing levels for five (5) years of all categories of employees, including full-time, part-time, and contract employees currently working at or providing services to the existing hospital and description of any anticipated or proposed changes in current staffing levels, including any reduction in staffing, relocation of staffing, or additional staffing affecting the new hospital and the exiting hospital;
  • (40) Describe retirement plan(s) for all employees, full-time or part-time, including any supplemental executive retirement plans;
  • (41) Copies of retirement plans accounting; management letters, and reports, including unfunded liabilities for retirement plans for the last five (5) years;
  • (42) Copies of plans to fund unfunded liabilities for pension and any retirement plans;
  • (43) Copies of any impact analysis for the affectedcommunities both before conversion and after proposed conversion, including community benefits, economic impact, and staffing.
  • (40)(44) Copies of current conflict of interest forms from all incumbent or recently incumbent officers, members of the boards of directors or trustees andsenior managers, including the medical directors, of the transacting parties on a form acceptable to the attorney general; "incumbent or recently incumbent" means those individuals holding the position at the time the application is submitted and anyindividual who held a similar position within one year prior tothe application's acceptance;
  • (41)(45) If the acquiror is a for profit corporation that has acquired a not for profit hospital under the provisions of this chapter, the application shall also include a complete statement of performance during the preceding one year with regardto the terms and conditions of approval of conversion and each projection, plan, or description submitted as part of the application for any conversion completed under an application submitted pursuant to this section and made a part of an approval for the conversion pursuant to § 23-17.14-7, 23-17.14-8 or 23-14.14-19; and
  • (42)(46) Copies of IRS Form 990 for any transacting party required by federallaw to file such a form for each of the three (3) years prior to the submission of the application.
  • (b) Two(2) copies of the initial application shall be provided to eachof the department of health anddepartmentof the attorneygeneralsimultaneously by United Statesmail, certified, return receiptrequested. Filings may be submitted electronically if acceptable tothe department of health and/or attorney general.
  • (c) Except for information determined by the attorney general in accordance with § 23- 17.14-32 to be confidential and/or proprietary, or otherwise required by law to be maintained as confidential, the initial application and supporting documentation shall be considered public records and shallbe available for inspection upon request.
  • 23-17.14-7.Reviewprocessofthe departmentofattorneygeneralandthe department
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  • (a) The department of attorneygeneralshall review all conversions involving a hospital in which one or more of the transacting parties involves a for-profit corporation as the acquiror anda not-for-profit corporation as the acquiree.
  • (b) In reviewing proposed conversions in accordance with this section and § 23-17.14-10, the department of attorney generaland department of health shalladhere to the following process:
  • (1) Within thirty (30) days after receiptof aninitial application, the department of attorney general and department of health shall jointly advise the applicant, in writing, whether the application is complete, and, if not, shall specifyall additional information the applicant is required to provide;
  • (43) Copies of any impact analysis for the affected communities both before conversion andafterproposedconversion,includingbenefitstothecommunity,economicimpact,andstaffing;
  • (40)(44) Copies of current conflict of interest forms from all incumbent or recently incumbent officers, directors, members of the boards of directors or trustees, and senior managers, including management and the medical directors, of the transacting parties on a form acceptable to the department of attorney general; "incumbent or recently incumbent" means those individuals holding the position at the time the application is submitted and any individual who held a similar position within one year prior to the application's acceptance;
  • (41)(45) If the acquiror is a for profit corporation that has acquired a not for profit hospital under the provisions of this chapter, the application shall also include a complete statement of performance during the preceding one year with regard to the terms and conditions of approval of conversion and each projection, plan, or description submitted as part of the application for any conversion completed under an application submitted pursuant to this section and made a part of an approval for the conversion pursuant to § 23-17.14-7, 23-17.14-8 or 23-14.14-19; and
  • (42)(46) Copies of IRS Form 990 for any transacting party required by federal law to file such a form for each of the three (3) years prior to the submission of the application.
  • (b) Two (2) copies of the initial application shall be provided to each of the department of healthanddepartmentoftheattorneygeneralsimultaneouslybyUnitedStatesmail,certified,return receipt requested. Filings may be submitted electronically if acceptable to the department of health and/or attorney general.
  • (c) Except for information determined by the attorney general in accordance with § 23- 17.14-32 to be confidential and/or proprietary, or otherwise required by law to be maintained as confidential, the initial application and supporting documentation shall be considered public records and shall be available for inspection upon request.
  • 23-17.14-7. Review process of the department of attorney general and the department of health and review criteria by department of attorney general.
  • (a) The department of attorney general shall review all conversions involving a hospital in which one or more of the transacting parties involves a for-profit corporation as the acquiror and and/or a not-for-profit corporation as the acquiree.
  • (b) In reviewing proposed conversions in accordance with this section and § 23-17.14-10, the department of attorney general and department of health shall adhere to the following process:
  • (1) Within thirty (30) days after receipt of an initial application, the department of attorney general and department of health shall jointly advise the applicant, in writing, whether the application is complete, and, if not, shall specify all additional information the applicant is required to provide;
  • (2) The applicant will submit the additional information within thirty (30) working days. If the additional information is submitted within the thirty-day (30) period, the department of attorney general and department of health will have ten (10) working days within which to determine acceptability of the additional information. If the additional information is not submitted by the applicant within the thirty-day (30) period or if either agency determines the additional information submitted by the applicant is insufficient, the application will be rejected without prejudice to the applicant's right to resubmit, the rejection to be accompanied by a detailed written explanation of the reasons for rejection. If the department of attorney general and department of health determine the additional information to be as requested, the applicant will be notified, in writing, of the date of acceptance of the application;
  • (3) Within thirty (30) working days after acceptance of the initial application, the department of attorney general shall render its determination on confidentiality pursuant to § 23- 17.14-32 and the department of attorney general and department of health shall publish notice of the application in a newspaper of generalcirculation in the state and shall notify by United States mail any person who has requested notice of the filing of the application. The notice shall:
  • (3) Within thirty (30) working days after acceptance of the initial application, the department of attorney general shall render its determination on confidentiality pursuant to § 23- 17.14-32 and the department of attorney general and department of health shall publish notice of the application in a newspaper of general circulation in the state and shall notify by United States mail any person who has requested notice of the filing of the application. The notice shall:
  • (i) State that an initial application has been received and accepted for review;
  • (ii) State the names of the transacting parties;
  • (iii) State the date by which a person may submit written comments to the department of attorney generalor department of health; and
  • (iv) Provide notice of the date, time, andplace of informational meeting open to the public which shall be conducted within sixty (60) days of the date of the notice;
  • (4) The department of attorney general and department of health shall each approve, approve with conditions directly relatedto the proposed conversion, or disapprove the application within one hundred twenty (120) days of the date of acceptance of the application.
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  • (c) In reviewing an application pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the departmentof the attorney generalshall consider the following criteria:
  • (1) Whether the proposed conversion will harmthe public's interestin trustproperty given, devised, or bequeathed to the existing hospital for charitable, educational, or religious purposes located or administered in this state;
  • (2) Whether a trustee or trustees of any charitable trust located or administered in this state will be deemed to have exercised reasonable care, diligence, and prudence in performing as a fiduciary in connection with the proposed conversion;
  • (3) Whether the board established appropriate criteria in deciding to pursue a conversion in relation to carrying out its mission and purposes;
  • (4) Whether the boardformulated and issuedappropriate requestsfor proposals in pursuing a conversion;
  • (5) Whether the board considered the proposed conversion as the only alternative or as the best alternative in carrying out its mission and purposes;
  • (6) Whether any conflict of interest exists concerning the proposed conversion relative to members of the board, officers, directors, senior management, experts, or consultants engaged in connection with the proposed conversion including, but not limited to, attorneys, accountants, investment bankers, actuaries, healthcare experts, or industry analysts;
  • (7) Whether individuals described in subsection (c)(6) of this section were provided with contracts or consulting agreements or arrangements that included pecuniary rewards based in whole, or in part on the contingency of the completion of the conversion;
  • (8) Whetherthe board exerciseddue carein engaging consultants with the appropriate level of independence, education, and experience in similar conversions;
  • (9) Whether the board exercised due care in accepting assumptions and conclusions provided by consultants engaged to assist in the proposed conversion;
  • (10) Whether the board exerciseddue care in assigning a value to the existing hospital and its charitable assets in proceeding to negotiate the proposed conversion;
  • (11) Whether the board exposed an inappropriate amount of assets by accepting in exchange for the proposed conversion future or contingent value based upon success of the new hospital;
  • (12) Whether officers,directors, board members, or senior management will receive future contracts in existing, new, or affiliated hospital or foundations;
  • (13) Whether any members of the board will retain any authority in the new hospital;
  • (14) Whether the board accepted fair consideration and value for any management
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  • (15) Whether individual officers, directors, board members, or senior management engaged legal counsel to consider their individual rights or duties in acting in their capacity as a fiduciary in connection with the proposed conversion;
  • (16) Whether the proposed conversion results in an abandonment of the original purposes of the existing hospital or whether a resulting entity will departfrom the traditional purposes and mission of the existing hospital such that a cy pres proceeding would be necessary;
  • (iii) State the date by which a person may submit written comments to the department of attorney general or department of health; and
  • (iv) Provide notice of the date, time, and place of informational meeting open to the public which shall be conducted within sixty (60) days of the date of the notice;
  • (4) The department of attorney general and department of health shall each approve, approve with conditions directly related to the proposed conversion, or disapprove the application within one hundred twenty (120) one hundred eighty (180) days of the date of acceptance of the application.
  • (c) In reviewing an application pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the department of the attorney general shall consider the following criteria:
  • (1) Whether the proposed conversion will harm the public's interest in trust property given, devised, or bequeathed to the existing hospital for charitable, educational, or religious purposes located or administered in this state;
  • (2) Whether a trustee or trustees of any charitable trust located or administered in this state will be deemed to have exercised reasonable care, diligence, and prudence in performing as a fiduciary in connection with the proposed conversion;
  • (3) Whether the board established appropriate criteria in deciding to pursue a conversion in relation to carrying out its mission and purposes;
  • (4)Whetherthe board formulatedandissuedappropriate requestsfor proposalsinpursuing a conversion;
  • (5) Whether the board considered the proposed conversion as the only alternative or as the best alternative in carrying out its mission and purposes;
  • (6) Whether any conflict of interest exists concerning the proposed conversion relative to members of the board, officers, directors, senior management, experts, or consultants engaged in connection with the proposed conversion including, but not limited to, attorneys, accountants, investment bankers, actuaries, healthcare experts, or industry analysts;
  • (7) Whether individuals described in subsection (c)(6) of this section were provided with contracts or consulting agreements or arrangements that included pecuniary rewards based in whole, or in part on the contingency of the completion of the conversion;
  • (8)Whethertheboardexercisedduecareinengagingconsultantswiththeappropriatelevel of independence, education, and experience in similar conversions;
  • (9) Whether the board exercised due care in accepting assumptions and conclusions provided by consultants engaged to assist in the proposed conversion;
  • (10) Whether the board exercised due care in assigning a value to the existing hospital and its charitable assets in proceeding to negotiate the proposed conversion;
  • (11) Whether the board exposed an inappropriate amount of assets by accepting in exchange for the proposed conversion future or contingent value based upon success of the new hospital;
  • (12) Whether officers, directors, board members, or senior management will receive future contracts in existing, new, or affiliated hospital or foundations;
  • (13) Whether any members of the board will retain any authority in the new hospital;
  • (14) Whether the board accepted fair consideration and value for any management contracts made part of the proposed conversion;
  • (15) Whether individual officers, directors, board members, or senior management engaged legal counsel to consider their individual rights or duties in acting in their capacity as a fiduciary in connection with the proposed conversion;
  • (16) Whether the proposed conversion results in an abandonment of the original purposes of the existing hospital or whether a resulting entity will depart from the traditional purposes and mission of the existing hospital such that a cy press proceeding would be necessary;
  • (17) Whether the proposed conversion contemplates the appropriate and reasonable fair market value;
  • (18) Whether the proposed conversion was based upon appropriate valuation methods including, but not limited to, market approach, third-party report, or fairness opinion;
  • (19) Whether the conversion is proper under the Rhode Island Nonprofit Corporation Act;
  • (20) Whether the conversion is proper under applicable state tax code provisions;
  • (21) Whether the proposed conversion jeopardizes the tax status of the existing hospital;
  • (22) Whether the individuals who representedthe existing hospital in negotiations avoided conflicts of interest;
  • (23) Whether officers, board members, directors, or senior managementdeliberately acted or failed to act in a manner that impacted negatively on the value or purchase price;
  • (24) Whether the formula used in determining the value of the existing hospital was appropriate and reasonable which may include, but not be limited to, factors such as:the multiple factor applied to the "EBITDA" – earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization; the time period of the evaluation; price/earnings multiples; the projected efficiency differences betweenthe existing hospital and the new hospital; and the historic value of any tax exemptions granted to the existing hospital;
  • (22) Whether the individuals who represented the existing hospital in negotiations avoided conflicts of interest;
  • (23) Whether officers, board members, directors, or senior management deliberately acted or failed to act in a manner that impacted negatively on the value or purchase price;
  • (24) Whether the formula used in determining the value of the existing hospital was appropriate and reasonable which may include, but not be limited to, factors such as: the multiple factor applied to the "EBITDA" – earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization; the time period of the evaluation; price/earnings multiples; the projected efficiency differences between the existing hospital and the new hospital; and the historic value of any tax exemptions granted to the existing hospital;
  • (25) Whether the proposed conversion appropriately provides for the disposition of proceeds of the conversion that may include, but not be limited to:
  • (i) Whether an existing entity or a new entity will receive the proceeds;
  • (ii) Whether appropriate tax status implications of the entity receiving the proceeds have been considered;
  • (iii) Whetherthe mission statementandprogramagenda will be or should be closely related with the purposes of the mission of the existing hospital;
  • (iii)Whetherthemissionstatement andprogramagendawill beorshouldbecloselyrelated with the purposes of the mission of the existing hospital;
  • (iv) Whether any conflicts of interest arise in the proposed handling of the conversion's proceeds;
  • (v) Whether the bylaws and articles of incorporation have beenpreparedfor the new entity;
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  • (v) Whether the bylaws andarticles of incorporation have been prepared for the new entity;
  • (vi) Whether the board of any new or continuing entity will be independent from the new hospital;
  • (vii) Whether the method for selecting board members, staff, and consultants is appropriate;
  • (viii) Whether the board will comprise an appropriate number of individuals with experience in pertinent areas such as foundations, health care, business, labor, community programs, financial management, legal, accounting, grant making, and public members representing diverse ethnic populations and the interests of the affected community; and
  • (ix) Whether the size of the board and proposed length of board terms are sufficient;
  • (26) Whether the transacting parties are in compliance with the Charitable Trust Act, chapter 9 of title 18;
  • (27) Whether a right of first refusalto repurchase the assets has been retained;
  • (28) Whether the character,commitment, competence, and standing in the community, or any other communities served by the transacting parties, are satisfactory;
  • (29) Whether a controlpremium is an appropriate component of the proposed conversion;
  • (30) Whether the value of assets factoredin the conversion is basedon past performance or future potential performance; and
  • (31) Whether the proposed conversion is proper under chapter 36 of title 6 ("Rhode Island Antitrust Act");
  • (32) Whether the board established appropriate criteria for staffing levels post conversion, including any reduction in staffing, relocation of staffing, or additional staffing affecting the new hospital(s) and the exiting hospital(s);
  • (33) Whether the board exercised due care concerning staffing levels post conversion to comply with federal employment and labor laws, including the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) 29 U.S.C. §§ 151-169, Age Discrimination in Employment Actof 1967, Public Law 90- 202 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq.,Civil Rights Actof 1964, Public Law 88-352 (78 Stat. 241) Title VI, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.;
  • (34) Whether the board exercised due care concerning staffing levels post conversion to comply with stateemployment andlabor laws, including chapter5 of title 28 (the "fair employment practices act");
  • (35) Whether the board exerciseddue care in funding employee and retirement plans and pensions, including developing plans to fund unfunded liabilities for retirement plans and pensions for all employees, full-time or part-time;
  • (36) Whether the retirement and pensions plans are in compliance with the Employee
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  • (37) Whether the board established appropriate criteria for any impact analysis for the affectedcommunities both before conversion andafter proposedconversion, including community benefits, economic impact, and staffing.
  • 23-17.14-10. Review process of department of attorney general and department of healthandcriteriaby department ofattorneygeneral – Conversions limitedtonot-for-profit corporations.
  • (a)Inreviewing anapplication of aconversion involving a hospital in which the transacting parties are limited to not-for-profit corporations, except as provided in § 23-17.14-12.1, the department of attorney generaland department of health shalladhere to the following process:
  • (1) Within thirty (30) days after receiptof aninitial application, the department of attorney general and department of health shall jointly advise the applicant, in writing, whether the application is complete, and, if not, shall specifyall additional information the applicant is required to provide;
  • (ix) Whether the size of the board and proposed length of board terms are sufficient;
  • (26) Whether the transacting parties are in compliance with the Charitable Trust Act, chapter 9 of title 18;
  • (27) Whether a right of first refusal to repurchase the assets has been retained;
  • (28) Whether the character, commitment, competence, and standing in the community, or any other communities served by the transacting parties, are satisfactory;
  • (29) Whether a control premium is an appropriate component of the proposed conversion;
  • (30) Whether the value of assets factored in the conversion is based on past performance or future potential performance; and
  • (31) Whether the proposed conversion is proper under chapter 36 of title 6 ("Rhode Island Antitrust Act");
  • (32) Whether the board established appropriate criteria for staffing levels post conversion, including any reduction in staffing, relocation of staffing, or additional staffing affecting the new hospital(s) and the exiting hospital(s);
  • (33) Whether the board exercised due care concerning staffing levels post conversion to comply with federal employment and labor laws, including the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) 29 U.S.C. §§ 151-169, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Public Law 90- 202 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq., Civil Rights Act of 1964, Public Law 88-352 (78 Stat. 241) Title VI, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.;
  • (34) Whether the board exercised due care concerning staffing levels post conversion to complywith state employment and laborlaws, includingchapter 5 of title 28(the "fair employment practices act");
  • (35) Whether the board exercised due care in funding employee and retirement plans and pensions, including developing plans to fund unfunded liabilities for retirement plans and pensions for all employees, full-time or part-time;
  • (36) Whether the retirement and pensions plans are in compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 1001 et seq.; and
  • (37) Whether the board established appropriate criteria for any impact analysis for the affected communities both before conversion and after proposed conversion, including benefits to the community, economic impact, and staffing.
  • 23-17.14-8. Review process and review criteria by department of health for conversions involving for-profit corporation as acquiror. Review Process and review criteria by department of health for conversions involving for-profit corporation as acquiror and acquiree.
  • (a) The department of health shall review all proposed conversions involving a hospital in which one or more of the transacting parties involves a for-profit corporation as the acquiror and a not-for-profit corporation as the acquiree.
  • (b) In reviewing an application for a conversion involving hospitals in which one or more of the transacting parties is a for-profit corporation, as the acquiror the department of health shall consider the following criteria:
  • (1) Whether the character, commitment, competence, and standing in the community, or any other communities served by the proposed transacting parties, are satisfactory;
  • (2) Whether sufficient safeguards are included to assure the affected community continued access to affordable care;
  • (3) Whether the transacting parties have provided clear and convincing evidence that the new hospital will provide health care and appropriate access with respect to traditionally underserved populations in the affected community;
  • (4) Whether procedures or safeguards are assured to insure that ownership interests will not be used as incentives for hospital employees or physicians to refer patients to the hospital;
  • (5) Whether the transacting parties have made a commitment to assure the continuation of collective bargaining rights, if applicable, and retention of the workforce;
  • (6) Whether the transacting parties have appropriately accounted for employment needs at the facility and addressed workforce retraining needed as a consequence of any proposed restructuring;
  • (7) Whether the conversiondemonstrates that the public interest will be served considering the essential medical services needed to provide safe and adequate treatment, appropriate access and balanced health care delivery to the residents of the state; and
  • (8) Whether the acquiror has demonstrated that it has satisfactorily met the terms and conditions of approval for any previous conversion pursuant to an application submitted under § 23-17.14-6.
  • (c) In reviewing proposed conversions in accordance with this section, the department of health shall adhere to the process in § 23-17.14-7(b).
  • 23-17.14-10. Review process of department of attorney general and department of health and criteria by department of attorney general – Conversions limited to not-for-profit corporations.
  • (a) Inreviewinganapplicationofaconversioninvolvingahospitalinwhichthetransacting parties are limited to not-for-profit corporations, except as provided in § 23-17.14-12.1, the department of attorney general and department of health shall adhere to the following process:
  • (1) Within thirty (30) days after receipt of an initial application, the department of attorney general and department of health shall jointly advise the applicant, in writing, whether the application is complete, and, if not, shall specify all additional information the applicant is required to provide;
  • (2) The applicant will submit the additional information within thirty (30) working days. If the additional information is submitted within the thirty-day (30) period, the department of attorney general and department of health will have ten (10) working days within which to determine acceptability of the additional information. If the additional information is not submitted by the applicant within the thirty-day (30) period or if either agency determines the additional information submitted by the applicant is insufficient, the application will be rejected without prejudice to the applicant's right to resubmit, the rejection to be accompanied by a detailed written explanation of the reasons for rejection. If the department of attorney general and department of health determine the additional information to be as requested, the applicant will be notified, in writing, of the date of acceptance of the application;
  • (3) Within thirty (30) working days after acceptance of the initial application, the department of attorney general shall render its determination on confidentiality pursuant to § 23- 17.14-32 and the department of attorney general and department of health shall publish notice of the application in a newspaper of generalcirculation in the state and shall notify by United States mail any person who has requested notice of the filing of the application. The notice shall:
  • (3) Within thirty (30) working days after acceptance of the initial application, the department of attorney general shall render its determination on confidentiality pursuant to § 23- 17.14-32 and the department of attorney general and department of health shall publish notice of the application in a newspaper of general circulation in the state and shall notify by United States mail any person who has requested notice of the filing of the application. The notice shall:
  • (i) State that an initial application has been received and accepted for review;
  • (ii) State the names of the transacting parties;
  • (iii) State the date by which a person may submit written comments to the department of attorney generalor department of health; and
  • (iv) Provide notice of the date, time, andplace of informational meeting open to the public which shall be conducted within sixty (60) days of the date of the notice;
  • (4) The department of attorney general and department of health shall each approve, approve with conditions directly relatedto the proposed conversion, or disapprove the application within one hundred twenty (120) days of the date of acceptance of the application.
  • (b) Inreviewing anapplication of aconversion involving ahospital in which the transacting parties are limited to not-for-profit corporations, the department of attorney generalmay consider the following criteria:
  • (1) Whether the proposed conversion will harmthe public's interestin trustproperty given, devised, or bequeathed to the existing hospital for charitable, educational, or religious purposes located or administered in this state;
  • (iii) State the date by which a person may submit written comments to the department of attorney general or department of health; and
  • (iv) Provide notice of the date, time, and place of informational meeting open to the public which shall be conducted within sixty (60) days of the date of the notice;
  • (4) The department of attorney general and department of health shall each approve, approve with conditions directly related to the proposed conversion, or disapprove the application within one hundred twenty (120) one hundred eighty (180) days of the date of acceptance of the application.
  • (b)Inreviewinganapplicationofaconversioninvolvingahospitalinwhichthetransacting parties are limited to not-for-profit corporations, the department of attorney general may consider the following criteria:
  • (1) Whether the proposed conversion will harm the public's interest in trust property given, devised, or bequeathed to the existing hospital for charitable, educational, or religious purposes located or administered in this state;
  • (2) Whether a trustee or trustees of any charitable trust located or administered in this state will be deemed to have exercised reasonable care, diligence, and prudence in performing as a fiduciary in connection with the proposed conversion;
  • (3) Whether the board established appropriate criteria in deciding to pursue a conversion in relation to carrying out its mission and purposes;
  • (4) Whether the boardformulated and issuedappropriate requestsfor proposals in pursuing a conversion, including considered the proposed conversion as the only alternative or as the best alternative in carrying out its mission and purposes;
  • (4)Whetherthe board formulatedandissuedappropriate requestsfor proposalsinpursuing a conversion, including considered the proposed conversion as the only alternative or as the best alternative in carrying out its mission and purposes;
  • (5) Whether any conflict of interest exists concerning the proposed conversion relative to members of the board, officers, directors, senior management, experts, or consultants engaged in connection with the proposed conversion including, but not limited to, attorneys, accountants, investment bankers, actuaries, healthcare experts, or industry analysts;
  • (6) Whether individuals described in subsection (b)(5) of this section were provided with contracts or consulting agreements or arrangements that included pecuniary rewards based in whole, or in part on the contingency of the completion of the conversion;
  • (7) Whetherthe board exerciseddue carein engaging consultants with the appropriate level of independence, education, and experience in similar conversions;
  • (7)Whethertheboardexercisedduecarein engagingconsultantswiththeappropriatelevel of independence, education, and experience in similar conversions;
  • (8) Whether the board exercised due care in accepting assumptions and conclusions provided by consultants engaged to assist in the proposed conversion;
  • (9) Whether officers, directors, board members, or senior management will receive future contracts in existing, new, or affiliated hospital or foundations;
  • (10) Whether any members of the board will retain any authority in the new hospital;
  • (11) Whether the board accepted fair consideration and value for any management contracts made part of the proposed conversion;
  • (12) Whether individual officers, directors, board members, or senior management engaged legal counsel to consider their individual rights or duties in acting in their capacity as a fiduciary in connection with the proposed conversion;
  • (13) Whether the proposed conversion results in an abandonment of the original purposes of the existing hospital or whether a resulting entity will departfrom the traditional purposes and mission of the existing hospital such that a cy pres proceeding would be necessary;
  • (13) Whether the proposed conversion results in an abandonment of the original purposes of the existing hospital or whether a resulting entity will depart from the traditional purposes and mission of the existing hospital such that a cy pres proceeding would be necessary;
  • (14) Whether the proposed conversion contemplates the appropriate and reasonable fair market value;
  • (15) Whether the proposed conversion was based upon appropriate valuation methods including, but not limited to, market approach, third-party report, or fairness opinion;
  • (16) Whether the conversion is proper under the Rhode Island Nonprofit Corporation Act;
  • (17) Whether the conversion is proper under applicable state tax code provisions;
  • (18) Whether the proposed conversion jeopardizes the tax status of the existing hospital;
  • (19) Whether the individuals who representedthe existing hospital in negotiations avoided conflicts of interest;
  • (20) Whether officers, board members, directors, or senior managementdeliberately acted or failed to act in a manner that impacted negatively on the value or purchase price;
  • (19) Whether the individuals who represented the existing hospital in negotiations avoided conflicts of interest;
  • (20) Whether officers, board members, directors, or senior management deliberately acted or failed to act in a manner that impacted negatively on the value or purchase price;
  • (21) Whether the transacting parties are in compliance with the Charitable Trust Act, chapter 9 of title 18; and
  • (22) Whether the proposed conversion is proper under chapter 36 of title 6 ("Rhode Island Antitrust Act");
  • (23) Whether the board established appropriate criteria for staffing levels post conversion, including any reduction in staffing, relocation of staffing, or additional staffing affecting the new hospital(s) and the exiting hospital(s);
  • (24) Whether the board exercised due care concerning staffing levels post conversion to comply with federal employment and labor laws, including the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) 29 U.S.C. §§ 151-169, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Public Law 90- 202 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq., and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Public Law 88-352 (78 Stat. 241) Title VI, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.;
  • (25) Whether the board exercised due care concerning staffing levels post conversion to comply with stateemployment andlabor laws, including chapter5 of title 28 (the "fair employment practices act");
  • (26) Whether the board exerciseddue care in funding employee and retirement plans and pensions, including developing plans to fund unfunded liabilities for retirement plans and pensions for all employees, full-time or part-time;
  • (27) Whether the retirement and pensions plans are in compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) 29 U.S.C. §§ 1001 et seq.; and
  • (28) Whether the board established appropriate criteria for any impact analysis for the affectedcommunities both before conversion andafter proposedconversion, including community benefits, economic impact, and staffing.
  • (25) Whether the board exercised due care concerning staffing levels post conversion to complywith state employment and laborlaws, includingchapter 5 of title 28(the "fairemployment practices act");
  • (26) Whether the board exercised due care in funding employee and retirement plans and pensions, including developing plans to fund unfunded liabilities for retirement plans and pensions for all employees, full-time or part-time;
  • (27) Whether the retirement and pensions plans are in compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 1001 et seq.; and
  • (28) Whether the board established appropriate criteria for any impact analysis for the affected communities both before conversion and after proposed conversion, including benefits to the community, economic impact, and staffing.
  • 23-17.14-12.1. Expedited review for unaffiliated community hospitals or not-for- profit hospitals.
  • (a) Notwithstanding §§ 23-17.14-6(a) and 23-17.14-10 of this chapter, if a proposed conversion involves: (1) Two (2) or more hospitals that are not in common control with another hospital; or (2) One hospital not under common control with another hospital anda hospital system parent corporation; or (3) Two (2) affiliated hospitals the conversion of which was previously approved in accordance with this chapter and another hospital or hospital system parent corporation, or (4) One or more hospital(s) thatare determined to be distressedas under subsection (a)(2) of this section, including hospitals that are part of a not-for-profit hospital system parent corporation, as acquiree, such conversion will be reviewed under an expedited review process conducted solely by the department of health (without derogation of the authority of the attorney general in accordance with § 23-17.14-21), only if the acquiree and acquiror are both nonprofit corporations exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code as organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of such code, or any successor provisions, and:
  • (1) The acquiree and acquiror are both nonprofit corporations that have directly or indirectly continuously operatedat leastone licensed hospital either in Rhode Island or in another jurisdiction either on its own or it is part of a healthcare system that has operated for at least the preceding three (3) years; and
  • (a) Notwithstanding §§ 23-17.14-6(a) and 23-17.14-10 of this chapter, if a proposed conversion involves: (1) Two (2) or more hospitals that are not in common control with another hospital; or (2) One hospital not under common control with another hospital and a hospital system parent corporation; or (3) Two (2) affiliated hospitals the conversion of which was previously approved in accordance with this chapter and another hospital or hospital system parent corporation, or (4) One or more hospital(s) that are determined to be distressed as under subsection (a)(2) of this section, including hospitals that are part of a not-for-profit hospital system parent corporation, as acquiree, such conversion will be reviewed under an expedited review process conducted solely by the department of health (without derogation of the authority of the attorney general in accordance with § 23-17.14-21), only if the acquiree and acquiror are both nonprofit corporations exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code as organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of such code, or any successor provisions, and:
  • (1) The acquiree and acquiror are both nonprofit corporations that have directly or indirectly continuously operated at least one licensed hospital either in Rhode Island or in another jurisdiction either on its own or it is part of a healthcare system that has operated for at least the preceding three (3) years; and
  • (2) The combined hospitals of the acquiree and acquiror are licensed for not more than twenty percent (20%) of licensed hospitals in Rhode Island according to the department of health;
  • (2)(3) The acquiree operates one or more distressed Rhode Island hospitals facing significant financial hardship that may impair its or their ability to continue to operate effectively without the proposedconversion and havebeendetermined tobe distressedby the director of health based upon whether the hospital(s) meets one or more of the following criteria:
  • (2)(3) The acquiree operates one or more distressed Rhode Island hospitals facing significant financial hardship that may impair its or their ability to continue to operate effectively without theproposedconversionandhavebeendeterminedtobedistressedbythedirectorofhealth based upon whether the hospital(s) meets one or more of the following criteria:
  • (i) Operating loss for the two (2) most recently completed fiscal years;
  • (ii) Less than fifty (50) days cash-on-hand;
  • (iii) Current asset to liability ratio of less than one point five (1.5);
  • (iv) Long-term debt to capitalization greater than seventy-five percent (75%);
  • (v) Inpatient occupancy rate of less than fifty percent (50%);
  • (vi) Would be classified as below investment grade by a major rating agency.
  • (b) The transacting parties shall file aninitial application pursuant to this section that shall include the following information with respect to each transacting party and the proposed conversion:
  • (b) The transacting parties shall file an initial application pursuant to this section that shall include the following information with respect to each transacting party and the proposed conversion:
  • (1) A detailed summary of the proposed conversion;
  • (2) Charter, articles of incorporation, or certificate of incorporation for the transacting parties and their affiliated hospitals, including amendments thereto;
  • (3) Bylaws and organizational charts for the transacting parties and their affiliated hospitals;
  • (4) Organizational structure for the transacting parties and eachpartner, affiliate, parent, subsidiary, or related legal entity in which either transacting party has a twenty percent(20%) or greater ownership interest or control;
  • (4) Organizational structure for the transacting parties and each partner, affiliate, parent, subsidiary, or related legal entity in which either transacting party has a twenty percent (20%) or greater ownership interest or control;
  • (5) All documents, reports, meeting minutes, and presentations relevant to the transacting parties' board of directors' decision to propose the conversion;
  • (6) Conflict of interest policies and procedures;
  • (7) Copies of audited income statements,balance sheets,and other financial statements for the past three (3) years for the transacting parties and their affiliated hospitals where appropriate and to the extent they have been made public, audited interim financial statements and income statementstogether with detailed descriptions of the financing structure of the proposed conversion including equity contribution, debt restructuring, stock issuance, and partnership interests;
  • (8) Copies of reports analyzing the proposed conversion during the past three (3) years including, but not limited to, reports by appraisers,accountants, investment bankers, actuaries and other experts;
  • (9) Copies of current conflict of interest forms from all incumbent or recently incumbent officers, members of the board of directors or trustees and senior managers of the transacting parties;"incumbent or recently incumbent" meansthose individuals holding the position atthe time the application is submitted and any individual whoheld a similar position within one year prior to the application's acceptance;
  • (10) Copies of all documents related to: (i) Identification of all current charitable assets; (ii) Accounting of all charitable assetsforthe pastthree(3) years;and(iii) Distribution of charitable assetsfor the pastthree (3) yearsincluding, but not limited to, endowments, restricted,unrestricted, and specific purpose funds as each relates to the proposed conversion;
  • (7) Copies of audited income statements, balance sheets, and other financial statements for the past three (3) years for the transacting parties and their affiliated hospitals where appropriate and to the extent they have been made public, audited interim financial statements and income statements together with detailed descriptions of the financing structure of the proposed conversion including equity contribution, debt restructuring, stock issuance, and partnership interests;
  • (8) Copies of reports analyzing the proposed conversion during the past three (3) years including, but not limited to, reports by appraisers, accountants, investment bankers, actuaries and other experts;
  • (9) Copies of current conflict of interest forms from all incumbent or recently incumbent officers, members of the board of directors or trustees and senior managers of the transacting parties; "incumbent or recentlyincumbent" means those individuals holdingthe positionat thetime the application is submitted and any individual who held a similar position within one year prior to the application's acceptance;
  • (10) Copies of all documents related to: (i) Identification of all current charitable assets; (ii)Accountingofall charitableassetsforthepast three(3)years; and(iii)Distributionofcharitable assets for the past three (3) years including, but not limited to, endowments, restricted, unrestricted, and specific purpose funds as each relates to the proposed conversion;
  • (11) A description of the plan as to how the affiliated hospitals will provide consolidated healthcare services during the first three (3) years following the conversion;
  • (12) Copies of plans for all hospital departments and services that will be eliminated or significantly reduced during the first three (3) years following the conversion; and
  • (13) Copies of plans relative to staffing levels for all categories of employees during the first three (3) years following the conversion.
  • (c) In reviewing an application under an expedited review process, the department shall consider the criteria in § 23-17.14-11.
  • (d) Within twenty (20) working days of receipt by the department of an application satisfying the requirements of subsection(b) above,the departmentwill notify andaffordthe public an opportunity to comment on the application.
  • (e) The decision of the departmentshall be renderedwithin ninety (90) days of acceptance of the application under this section.
  • (f) Costs payable by the transacting parties under § 23-17.14-13 in connection with an expedited review bythe departmentunder this sectionshall not exceedtwenty-five thousanddollars ($25,000) per one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) of total net patient service revenue of the acquiree and acquiror in the most recentfiscalyear for which audited financial statements are available.
  • (g) Following a conversion, the new hospital shall provide on or before March 1 of each calendar year a report in a form acceptable to the director and attorney general containing all updated financial information required to be disclosed pursuant to subsection (b)(7) of this section.
  • (h) If an expedited review is performed by the department pursuant to this section, the departmentof attorneygeneralshall perform a review of the proposed transaction pursuant to§ 23- 17.14-10(b) andthe criteria for conversions limited tonot-for-profits. The attorneygeneral'sreview shall be done concurrently with the department of health review and shall not extend the length of the review process. For this review, the department of attorney generalshall be entitled to costs in accordance with § 23-17.14-13 and subsection (f) of this section.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage.
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  • (c) In reviewing an application under an expedited review process, the department shall consider the criteria in § 23-17.14-11.
  • (d) Within twenty (20) working days of receipt by the department of an application satisfyingtherequirementsofsubsection(b)above,thedepartment will notifyandaffordthepublic an opportunity to comment on the application.
  • (e) The decision of the department shall be rendered within ninety (90) days of acceptance of the application under this section.
  • (f) Costs payable by the transacting parties under § 23-17.14-13 in connection with an expeditedreviewbythedepartment underthissectionshall not exceedtwenty-fivethousanddollars ($25,000) per one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) of total net patient service revenue of the acquiree and acquiror in the most recent fiscal year for which audited financial statements are available.
  • (g) Following a conversion, the new hospital shall provide on or before March 1 of each calendar year a report in a form acceptable to the director and attorney general containing all updated financial information required to be disclosed pursuant to subsection (b)(7) of this section.
  • (h) If an expedited review is performed by the department pursuant to this section, the department of attorney general shall perform a review of the proposed transaction pursuant to § 23- 17.14-10(b) andthecriteriaforconversions limitedtonot-for-profits.Theattorneygeneral's review shall be done concurrently with the department of health review and shall not extend the length of the review process. For this review, the department of attorney general shall be entitled to costs in accordance with § 23-17.14-13 and subsection (f) of this section.
  • 23-17.14-31. Powers of the department of health.
  • The department may adopt rules, including measurable standards, as may be necessary to accomplish the purpose of this chapter. In doing so, thedepartment shall review other departmental regulations that may have duplicative requirements, including change of effective control regulations and processes, determination of need requirements and application requirements under § 23-17.14-18, if applicable, and may streamline the process by eliminating duplicative requirements and providing for concurrent regulatory review and combined hearings to the maximum extent possible to promote efficiency and avoid duplication of effort and resources. If such duplicative requirements, including change of effective control regulations and processes, determination of need requirements and application requirements under §23-17.14-18, and any other are utilized to streamline the process, then the department of health shall include the findings and decisions of those duplicative requirements within the written decision of this chapter.
  • SECTION 2. Section 23-17.14-12 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-17.14 entitled "The Hospital Conversions Act" is hereby repealed.
  • 23-17.14-12. Review process by department of health for conversions involving for- profit hospital as the acquiree.
  • The department of health shall review all proposed conversions involving a for-profit hospital as the acquiree andeither a for-profit corporation or a not-for-profit hospital or corporation as the acquiror in accordance with the provisions for change of effective control pursuant to §§ 23- 17-14.3 and 23-17-14.4.
  • SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage, and shall apply to all applications pending on or after the effective date and to future applications. ======== LC001350/SUB A ========
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – THE HOSPITAL CONVERSIONS ACT
  • ***
  • This act would require the transacting parties and the new hospital seeking conversion to supply additional information in their application for review by the department of health and the department of the attorney general relating to staffing levels, pension plans and impact for the affected communities before and after the proposed conversion.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001350 ========
  • This act would take effect upon passage, and would apply to all applications pending on or after the effective date and to future applications. ======== LC001350/SUB A ========

Votes

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Floor vote for Approval of Amendment

April 06, 2021 at 4:34pm
Yeas: 37 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 1 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Acosta Y
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Anderson Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Bell Y
Sen. Burke Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiMario Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Kallman Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Mack Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Mendes NV
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde Y

Floor vote for Passage as Amended

April 06, 2021 at 4:37pm
Yeas: 37 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 1 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Acosta Y
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Anderson Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Bell Y
Sen. Burke Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiMario Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Kallman Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Mack Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Mendes NV
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde Y