Recently, the headlines in Rhode Island have decried allegations of corruption at a major local hospital. Whether the allegations are true, and whether the alleged practices are extraordinary or commonplace for hospitals, remains to be seen. However, at least one public official has vowed to file legislation in the 2006 session to require hospital executives to comply with a code of ethics similar to the code required for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island in 2004. While that legislation has not yet been filed, it is fairly certain that it will be filed, and that it will pass in some form.
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