At the very end of this year's short legislative session, the Connecticut lawmakers passed a bill that could change the landscape for Connecticut hospitals and physicians. Here are some highlights.
1. For-profit entities in Connecticut may employ physicians.
Connecticut hospitals have used "medical foundations" to employ physicians. Without this legislation, medical foundations can be owned only by non-profit hospitals, hospital systems or medical schools. Senate Bill 35 broadens eligible owners to include for-profit hospitals, hospital systems and medical schools. A hospital, health system or medical school may organize and be a member of no more than one medical foundation. Board members of a non-profit medical foundation may not be an employee or representative of a for-profit hospital, and similarly, board members of a for-profit medical foundation may not be employees or representatives of a non-profit hospital/system.
2. Certain transactions involving physician practices and hospitals will require filings with state agencies.
Among the transactions that will require filings are:
3. Conversion process made more difficult: non profit to for-profit hospital.
Changes were made to the regulatory process that is undertaken by hospitals moving from a non-profit status to a for-profit status. Here are a few:
4. Hospitals must contact patient's physician if requested.
Upon admitting a patient, a hospital must ask the patient if the patient desires his physician to be notified of the admission and make reasonable efforts to contact the physician within 24 hours after the patient's request.
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