Office of the Health Care Advocate

The Office of Health Care Advocate advocates for Rhode Islanders through the following duties that the Attorney General may direct: to appear as an amicus curiae in civil actions, to intervene in or request initiation of administrative action related to health care and health insurance, to investigate complaints to assure the delivery of quality health care, to educate the public, to engage in legislative advocacy, to initiate formal legal actions concerning health care and to advocate for changes to support quality and affordable health care. Many patients, family members and providers turn to the Office of Health Care Advocate for assistance.

The Health Care Advocate is appointed to or attends several health care-related boards and committees, and reviews proposed regulations and legislation. The Health Care Advocate also assists consumers with various issues, including access to medical records, privacy questions and assistance with navigating the various agencies governing health care complaints.

To contact the Office of the Health Care Advocate please call (401) 274-4400.

Yale-New Haven Health Services and L+M Corporation (Westerly Hospital) HCA

On September 1, 2016, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin approved, with conditions, the proposed affiliation between LMW Healthcare (Westerly Hospital) and Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation.

LMW (Westerly Hospital) and Yale-New Haven Services Decision
Yale-New Haven/L+M Application and Appendix A
Public Notice: Yale-New Haven/L+M (Westerly Hospital)

+ Hospital Conversions Act (HCA)

The Rhode Island Office of Attorney General reviews proposed hospital conversions pursuant to the Hospital Conversions Act, R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-17.14, et. seq. The purpose of the Hospital Conversions Act is as follows:

  • Assure the viability of a safe, accessible and affordable healthcare system that is available to all of the citizens of the state;
  • To establish a process to evaluate, monitor and review whether the new phenomenon of for-profit corporations gaining an interest in hospitals will maintain, enhance, or disrupt the delivery of healthcare in the state and to monitor hospital performance to assure that standards for community benefits continue to be met;
  • To establish a review process and criteria for review of hospital conversions that involve for-profit corporations;
  • To establish a review process and criteria for review of hospital conversions that involve only not-for-profit corporations;
  • To clarify the jurisdiction and the authority of the department of health to protect public health and welfare and the department of attorney general to preserve and protect public and charitable assets in reviewing both hospital conversions which involve for-profit corporations and hospital conversions which include only not-for-profit corporations; and
  • To provide for independent foundations to hold and distribute proceeds of hospital conversions consistent with the acquiree's original purpose or for the support and promotion of health care and social needs in the affected community.
+ HCA Forms
+ Recent HCA Reviews