House Bill #6284 (2017)

AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- HOSPITAL CONVERSIONS

Streamlines the procedure for the approval of mergers of not-for-profit hospitals and unaffiliated community hospitals.

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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – HOSPITAL CONVERSIONS
  • 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. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – HOSPITAL CONVERSIONS
  • Introduced By: Representatives Johnston, Tobon, Messier, and Barros
  • Date Introduced: June 07, 2017
  • Referred To: House Corporations
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Sections 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:
  • 23-17.14-10. 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. Criteriaforthe department ofattorneygeneral – Conversions limited to not-for-profit corporations.
  • (a) In reviewing an application of a conversion 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 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 (30) day 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 (30) day 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 generaland department of health determine the additional information to be as requested, the applicant willbe 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 general circulation in the state and shallnotify 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 and place of informationalmeeting 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) ninety (90) days of the date of acceptance of the application.
  • (b) In reviewing an application of a conversion involving a hospital in which the transacting 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 board 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
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  • (6) Whether individuals described in subdivision (b)(5) were provided with contracts or consulting agreements or arrangements which included pecuniary rewards based in whole, or in part on the contingency of the completion of the conversion;
  • (7) Whether the board exercised due care in engaging consultants with the appropriate level 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 willreceive future contracts;
  • (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 originalpurposes 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 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.
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  • 23-17.14-12.1. Expedited review for unaffiliated community hospitals. Expedited review for conversions limited to nonprofit hospitals.
  • (a) Notwithstanding subsection 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 controlwith 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 chapter 23-17.14 and another hospital or hospital system parent corporation, 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 for at least the preceding three (3) years; and
  • (2) The acquiree operates a distressed Rhode Island hospital facing significant financial hardship that may impair its ability to continue to operate effectively without the proposed conversion and has been determined to be distressed by the director of health based upon whether the hospital meets one or more of the following criteria:
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 23-17.14-12.1 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-17.14 entitled "The Hospital Conversions Act" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 23-17.14-12.1. Expedited review for unaffiliated community hospitals. Expedited review for unaffiliated community hospitals or not-for-profit hospitals.
  • (a) Notwithstanding subsection 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 chapter 23-17.14 and another hospital or hospital system parent corporation, or (4) One or more hospital(s) that are determined to be distressed as under (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 for at least the preceding three (3) years either in Rhode Island or in another jurisdiction either on its own or it is part of a health care system that has operated for at least the preceding three (3) years; and
  • (2) The acquiree operates a one or more distressed Rhode Island hospital hospitals facing significant financial hardship that may impair its or their ability to continue to operate effectively without the proposed conversion and has have been determined to be distressed by the director of health based upon whether the hospital 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.
  • If the acquiree and acquirer are both not-for-profit corporations that have operated a hospital either in Rhode Island or in another jurisdiction, either on their own or are part of a health care system, that has operated one or more hospitals for at least the preceding three (3) years then the conversion shall be reviewed pursuant to this section.
  • (b) The transacting parties shall file an initial application pursuant to this section which shall include the following information with respect to each transacting party and the proposed conversion:
  • (1) A detailed summary of the proposed conversion;
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  • (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 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 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 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;
  • (10) Copies of all documents related to: (i) Identification of all current charitable assets; (ii) Accounting of all charitable assets for the past three (3) years; and (iii) Distribution of charitable 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.
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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 satisfying the requirements of subsection (b) above, the department will notify and afford the public 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 expedited review by the department under this section shall not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars ($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 containing all updated financial information required to be disclosed pursuant to subdivision 23-17.14-12.1(b)(7).
  • (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) and the conversion to nonprofits as it deems necessary, including, at a minimum, its impact upon the charitable assets of the transacting parties. The attorney general'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 23-17.14-12.1(f).
  • 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 satisfying the requirements of subsection (b) above, the department will notify and afford the public 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 expedited review by the department under this section shall not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars ($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 containing all updated financial information required to be disclosed pursuant to subdivision 23-17.14-12.1(b)(7).
  • (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) and the criteria for conversions limited to not-for-profits as it deems necessary, including, at a minimum, its impact upon the charitable assets of the transacting parties. The attorney general'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 23-17.14- 12.1(f).
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage. ======== LC002796/SUB A ========
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – HOSPITAL CONVERSIONS
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  • This act would streamline the procedure for the approval of mergers of nonprofit hospitals.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002796 ========
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  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – HOSPITAL CONVERSIONS
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  • This act would streamline the procedure for the approval of mergers of not-for-profit hospitals and unaffiliated community hospitals.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002796/SUB A ========

Votes

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Floor vote for PASSAGE

June 27, 2017 at 8:20pm
Yeas: 68 / Nays: 2 / Not voting: 5 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino NV
Rep. Coughlin NV
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz NV
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi N
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian NV
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan N
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady Y
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips NV
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y