Rhode Island’s two largest healthcare programs have taken the subsequent step of their proposed merger by submitting their software with the state Division of Well being and the state legal professional normal’s workplace.
Lifespan and Care New England in a press release Monday mentioned they anticipate the regulatory approval course of to take a number of months.
The programs earlier this month submitted their antitrust submitting with the Federal Commerce Fee.
The organizations in February introduced that they had signed a merger settlement that features a collaboration with Brown College’s medical faculty to create what they referred to as an built-in statewide healthcare system. There had been earlier efforts to merge, however talks resumed final summer time, prompted by elevated cooperation throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Critics of the deal have mentioned a merger may drive up healthcare prices and value jobs.
The Rhode Island Basis on Monday mentioned it might lead an “impartial effort to collect and share group enter” on the proposal, together with from those that would possibly in any other case not have a voice on this course of.
Lifespan operates Rhode Island, the Miriam, Hasbro Kids’s, Newport, and Bradley hospitals. Care New England runs Girls & Infants, Kent, and Butler hospitals.