Rhode Island
Limitations on Charges, Billing, and Collections
Rhode Island law limits nonprofit hospital billing and collection practices.

Regulations promulgated under Rhode Island’s Hospital Conversions Act, which applies to both hospital licensing and conversions, require each hospital to formally adopt a written collections policy and make it available to all persons upon request. 23-17.14 R.I. Code R. §11.3(n). Although a hospital may attach a patient or guarantor’s primary residence due to non-payment of medical debt, it may not force a foreclosure of the primary residence. 23-17.14 R.I. Code R. §11.4.