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Rhode Island’s health advisory board on Tuesday unanimously approved Prime Healthcare Services’ conversion of Landmark Hospital to a nonprofit, thereby allowing the company to avoid paying millions of dollars in property taxes to the City of Woonsocket.

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Rhode Island's health department has fined Prime Healthcare Services $1 million for violating state law by failing to get permission to move its two Rhode Island hospitals into the company’s charitable foundation, effectively converting them to nonprofits.

The fine is the largest in at least three decades, if not ever, leveled by the state against a health system, Joseph Wendelken, a health department spokesman, said.

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, March 14

Mar 14, 2017
Brain Week Rhode Island

What’s happening in health care in Rhode Island, March 14:

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The owner of Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket will be donating the for profit hospital to its foundation. That means Landmark could once again be a nonprofit entity.

In Network, Out-Of-Network: What It Means, Why It Matters

Apr 24, 2014

When it comes to health insurance, "in-network" means a provider or facility that's contracted with your insurer to provide services at an agreed-upon rate. "Out-of-network" means a provider or facility that doesn't have an agreement with your insurer. Whether in-network or out-of-network providers and facilities are covered, and to what extent, depends on your particular health insurance plan.

United Healthcare, Landmark Await Ruling On Network

Apr 24, 2014
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The public comment period has ended and now the Rhode Island health department must decide whether United Healthcare can cut Landmark Medical Center from its insurance network. The decision could affect thousands of patients.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

California-based Prime Healthcare Services won approval earlier this week to buy Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center. But the approval came with conditions. One is that the company keep Rhode Island regulators abreast of a federal investigation it’s under for allegedly over-billing Medicare. Another is that Prime invest in primary care and in preventing hospital re-admissions. The Department of Health expressed some concern about Prime’s practices at other hospitals, but department head Michael Fine said the terms of the deal to acquire Landmark should allay those concerns.

What's Next For Landmark

Oct 29, 2013

The deal still has to close, which officials expect by sometime in December. But now some of the hard work begins. How exactly do you turn a faltering hospital around?

Deal To Acquire Landmark Approved

Oct 28, 2013
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center is about to turn the page on a long and challenging chapter in its history. The struggling hospital has received regulatory approval to be acquired by a for-profit hospital chain called Prime Healthcare. That means an end to five years of uncertainty for employees, patients, and the community.

Decision Expected On Landmark's Future

Oct 28, 2013
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Today is the deadline for state regulators to decide whether an out-of-state hospital chain can acquire Woonsocket's Landmark Medical Center. The decision will mark the end of five years of uncertainty for the struggling hospital.

Landmark has been in receivership, a kind of bankruptcy, since 2008. It's flirted with several different potential buyers who got cold feet for one reason or another and pulled out. It's battled the state's largest insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, for higher payments.

Regulators Accept More Public Comment on Landmark Deal

Oct 3, 2013
Catherine Welch / RIPR

State agencies are allowing more public comment, until October 7, on the proposed sale of Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center to a for-profit chain as the deadline for a decision on the deal approaches.

Though previous deals have fallen through, Woonsocket officials are still hopeful about a yes vote.

Prime's Application to Buy Landmark Now Complete

Jun 28, 2013
Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island regulators have deemed Prime Healthcare’s application to buy Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center complete.

Now the Attorney General and Department of Health can begin their official review of California-based Prime Healthcare’s bid to buy the troubled community hospital. That review begins July 1st and ends October 28th under Rhode Island’s Hospital Conversion Act.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

Been wondering what's happening with Landmark Medical Center? So has Woonsocket's mayor, Leo Fontaine. He wrote a letter to Governor Lincoln Chafee, pleading with him to weigh in on the process, use his influence to somehow resolve it. Problem is, regulators say that won't help.

Here are excerpts of the mayor's letter to the governor, a copy of which he apparently emailed to several newsrooms, but not to the primary regulators involved in approving or denying Prime Healthcare's application to buy to Landmark Medical Center:

Catherine Welch / RIPR

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island is responding to a lawsuit claiming that it stymied Steward Health Care’s bid to acquire Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.

Steward is the Massachusetts-based, for-profit health care chain that tried to acquire Landmark, which has been in receivership for several years. Steward filed suit in Superior Court this week claiming Blue Cross thwarted those plans purposefully to maintain what Steward calls an unlawful monopoly on commercial insurance and hospital services.

Landmark Deal Stalls Again; Missing Info from Prime

Mar 29, 2013
Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island’s Attorney General and Department of Health officials say they’re suspending their review of Prime Healthcare’s application to buy the Woonsocket-based Landmark Medical Center.

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