PROVIDENCE, RI – Attorney General Peter F. Neronha and Rhode Island Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott announced today that they are extending the time for completion of their review of the application of Chamber/Ivy (Prospect CharterCARE) under the Hospital Conversions Act. The review period has been extended beyond January 29, 2021 to ensure that the State has the necessary time to complete a thorough review of the transaction, pursuant to its statutory responsibilities under the Hospital Conversions Act. The parties were notified via letter on January 18, 2021.
"Our healthcare work overall is increasing, both in its volume and its complexity. We have more people working healthcare now than ever before in this organization's history," said Attorney General Neronha. "That's because we know how important this work is to every Rhode Islander. It is imperative that we, and the Rhode Island Department of Health, have adequate time to conduct a thoughtful and thorough review of every aspect of this proposed transaction."
Under the Hospital Conversions Act, the State's review is "to assure the viability of a safe, accessible and affordable healthcare system that is available to all of the citizens of the state" and "to review whether for-profit hospitals will maintain, enhance, or disrupt the delivery of healthcare in the state."
As of this date, a new deadline has not yet been established for completing the review of the initial application under the Hospital Conversions Act.
The deadline extension letter is available here on the Attorney General's website on the Office of the Healthcare Advocate page under the Civil Division.