Title 23
Health and Safety

Chapter 17
Licensing of Healthcare Facilities

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-17-46

§ 23-17-46. Financial interest disclosure.

(a)(1) Any health care facility licensed pursuant to this chapter which refers clients to another licensed health care facility or to a residential care/assisted living facility licensed pursuant to chapter 17.4 of this title or to a certified adult day care program in which the referring entity has a financial interest shall, at the time a referral is made, disclose, in writing, the following information to the client: (i) that the referring entity has a financial interest in the facility or provider to which the referral is being made; (ii) that the client has the option of seeking care from a different facility or provider which is also licensed and/or certified by the state to provide similar services to the client.

(2) The referring entity shall also offer the client a written list prepared by the department of all alternative licensed and/or certified facilities or providers.

(b) Noncompliance with this section shall constitute grounds to revoke, suspend or otherwise discipline the licensee or to deny an application for licensure by the director, or may result in imposition of an administrative penalty in accordance with chapter 17.10 of this title.

History of Section.
P.L. 1997, ch. 103, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch. 162, § 1; P.L. 1998, ch. 373, § 1; P.L. 1998, ch. 396, § 1.