Human Services

CHAPTER 40-8.2
Medical Assistance Fraud

SECTION 40-8.2-9

§ 40-8.2-9. Damages for overcharges.

When the cost of the services provided to the patient is being paid under the Rhode Island Medicaid program, any person who knowingly and willfully:

(1) Charges a patient or anyone acting on behalf of a patient money or other consideration at a rate in excess of the rates established by the state of Rhode Island; or

(2) Charges, solicits, accepts, or receives, in addition to any amount otherwise required to be paid under the Rhode Island Medicaid program, any gift, money, or donation as a precondition of the admission of a patient to a hospital, skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility, or of the continued stay in a facility, shall be liable in a civil action to the patient or person acting on his or her behalf for an amount equal to three (3) times the amount of the charge.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1982, ch. 424, § 1.)