Title 23
Health and Safety

Chapter 74
Unlicensed Health Care Practices

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-74-4

§ 23-74-4. Prohibited conduct.

The director may impose disciplinary action as described in this chapter against any unlicensed healthcare practitioner. The following conduct is prohibited and is grounds for disciplinary action:

(1) Conviction of a crime, including a finding or verdict of guilt, and admission of guilt, or a no contest plea, in any court in Rhode Island or any other jurisdiction in the United States, reasonably related to engaging in healthcare practices. Conviction, as used in this subdivision, includes a conviction of an offense that, if committed in this state, would be deemed a felony or misdemeanor, without regard to its designation elsewhere, or a criminal proceeding where a finding or verdict of guilty is made or returned, but the adjudication of guilt is either withheld or not entered.

(2) Engaging in sexual contact with an unlicensed healthcare client, engaging in contact that may be reasonably interpreted by a client as sexual or engaging in sexual exploitation of a client.

(3) Advertising that is false, fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading.

(4) Conduct likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public or demonstrating a willful or careless disregard for the health or safety of an unlicensed healthcare client in which case, proof of actual injury need not be established.

(5) Adjudication as mentally incompetent or as a person who is dangerous to self or adjudicated as any of the following: chemically dependent, mentally ill, mentally ill and dangerous to the public, or as a sexual psychopathic personality or sexually dangerous person.

(6) Inability to engage in unlicensed healthcare practices with reasonable safety to unlicensed healthcare clients.

(7) Dependence upon controlled substances, habitual drunkenness or engaging in unlicensed healthcare practices while intoxicated or incapacitated by the use of drugs.

(8) Revealing a communication from, or relating to, an unlicensed healthcare client except when otherwise required or permitted by law.

(9) Failure to comply with an unlicensed healthcare client’s request to furnish an unlicensed healthcare client record or report required by law.

(10) Splitting fees or promising to pay a portion of a fee to any other professional other than for services rendered by the other professional to the unlicensed healthcare client.

(11) Engaging in abusive or fraudulent billing practices, including violations of the federal Medicare and Medicaid laws or state medical assistance laws.

(12) Obtaining money, property, or services from an unlicensed healthcare client, other than reasonable fees for services provided to the client, through the use of undue influence, harassment, duress, deception, or fraud.

(13) Failure to provide an unlicensed healthcare client with a copy of the client bill of rights or violation of any provision of the client bill of rights.

(14) Violating any order issued by the director.

(15) Failure to comply with any provision of any rules adopted by the director.

(16) Failure to comply with any additional disciplinary grounds established by the director by rule.

(17) Revocation, suspension, restriction, limitation, or other disciplinary action against any healthcare license, certificate, registration, or right to practice of the unlicensed healthcare practitioner in this or another state or jurisdiction for offenses that would be subject to disciplinary action in this state or failure to report to the department that charges regarding the practitioner’s license, certificate, registration, or right of practice have been brought in this or another state or jurisdiction.

(18) False or misleading use of the title “doctor,” “Dr.”, “physician” alone or in combination with any other words, letters, or insignia to describe the unlicensed healthcare practices the practitioner provides.

History of Section.
P.L. 2002, ch. 133, § 1; P.L. 2023, ch. 61, § 3, effective June 14, 2023; P.L. 2023, ch. 62, § 3, effective June 14, 2023.