Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal can be counted as one of the nation's longest-serving attorneys general and among a handful who have placed a high priority on healthcare enforcement. Blumenthal, 60, first elected in 1990, is a longtime civil servant, having served as U.S. attorney for Connecticut and state representative and senator. He also was an aide to two powerful Democratic U.S. senators, Abraham Ribicoff and Daniel Patrick Moynihan (See related story, p. 48). Blumenthal was among the first state attorneys general to intervene in hospital merger and conversion cases and to guard the community assets when not-for-profit hospitals convert to for-profit status. Lately he has been making hospital executives and hospital suppliers feel uncomfortable through his ongoing investigation of the Healthcare Research & Development Institute, a consulting and education think tank owned by its hospital members that allows top hospital executives to network and intermingle with vendors.
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