Hospi­tal con­ver­sion bill ad­vances in Con­necti­cut

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Rachel Lan­den

A bill that would pro­hibit not-for­profit hos­pi­tals from con­vert­ing to for-prof­its moved ahead last week in the Con­necti­cut Leg­is­la­ture.

The bill, which cleared the Joint Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Health in a 16-9 vote, would add reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments af­fect­ing own­er­ship changes of not-for-profit hos­pi­tals and make state bond money avail­able as grants for hospi­tal cap­i­tal im­prove­ments. But the most con­tro­ver­sial part of the bill is its re­stric­tion on con­vert­ing to for-profit sta­tus af­ter Oct. 1. It’s a move that Sen. Ma­jor­ity Leader Martin Looney, a Demo­crat who co-spon­sored the bill, says is “on the right track.”

“We should not al­low additional for­profit hos­pi­tals into our state un­til we have all of the in­for­ma­tion on all of the var­i­ous en­ti­ties that are bid­ding to make prof­its from the health­care needs of our cit­i­zens,” Looney told the com­mit­tee last week.

For-profit Tenet Health­care Corp. re­cently an­nounced a part­ner­ship with not-for-profit Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health Sys­tem. The two sys­tems are in dis­cus­sions that could re­sult in deals with four of the state’s not-for-profit hos­pi­tals: Water­bury (Conn.) Hospi­tal; Bris­tol (Conn.) Hospi­tal; Rockville Gen­eral Hospi­tal, Ver­non; and Manch­ester (Conn.) Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal.

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