|Community Benefit Reporting Requirement|
|Rhode Island law requires hospitals to submit annual community benefit reports to the Director of the Department of Health (Director).
The reports must include detailed descriptions, with supporting documentation, of the costs of charity care, bad debt, and contracted Medicaid shortfalls. R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 23-17.14-15(d). If the Department of Health receives “sufficient information” indicating that a licensed hospital is not in compliance with state community benefit standards, then the Director is required to hold a hearing, issue written findings, and impose appropriate penalties. R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 23-17.14-15(e).