Rhode Island
Community Benefit Requirement
Rhode Island requires hospitals to provide charity care, uncompensated care, and other community benefits as a condition of licensure.

Rhode Island has established statewide standards for the provision of charity care, uncompensated care, and community benefits as conditions of initial and continued hospital licensure and for hospital conversions. R.I. Gen. Laws §23-17-43; 23-17 R.I. Code R. §8.7; 23-17.14 R.I. Code R. §§11.0 – 11.6.

Rhode Island’s hospital licensing regulations expressly require that hospital charity and uncompensated care and community benefit standards be consistent with the rules and regulations applicable to hospital conversions. 23-17 R.I. Code R. §8.7. These define “community benefit” broadly to include the provision of hospital services that meet the community’s needs, charity care, uncompensated care, programs to meet the needs of medically indigent individuals, non-revenue-producing programs available in the community (e.g., health screenings or transportation services), scientific or medical research, education activities, forming linkages with community partners focused on improving community health, and engaging in community health advocacy. 23-17.14 R.I. Code R. §1.9.