Title 23
Health and Safety

Chapter 17
Licensing of Healthcare Facilities

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-17-10.5

§ 23-17-10.5. Medical director and attending physician file.

(a) Each nursing facility licensed under this chapter shall designate a physician to serve as medical director. The medical director shall be responsible for implementation of resident care policies and for the coordination of medical care in the facility. Such responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to: the implementation of facility policies and procedures related to the medical care delivered in the facility; physician and advanced practice practitioner credentialing; practitioner performance reviews; employee health including infection control measures; evaluation of health care delivery, including oversight of medical records and participation in quality improvement; provision of staff education on medical issues; participation in state survey process, including the resolution of deficiencies as needed; and such other duties and responsibilities as may be stipulated in regulations promulgated by the department of health.

(b) The medical director, charged with the aforementioned duties and responsibilities for the delivery of medical care in the nursing facility, shall be immune from civil or criminal prosecution for reporting to the board of medical licensure and discipline the unprofessional conduct, incompetence or negligence of a nursing facility physician or limited registrant; provided, that the report, testimony or other communication was made in good faith and while acting within the scope of authority conferred by this section. Each nursing facility shall maintain an active file of all current attending physicians including their phone number and address, an emergency phone number, their current medical license number, and their preferred hospital admitting privileges. The director of the department of health is hereby authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this section.

History of Section.
P.L. 1997, ch. 115, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch. 131, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 157, § 4; P.L. 2005, ch. 249, § 4; P.L. 2008, ch. 475, § 48.