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The public can file complaints with the Department of Health against licensed healthcare professionals, healthcare facilities, restaurants or other licensees. The public can also file a smoking complaint. The Department take complaints seriously and will investigate and take appropriate action against individuals or facilities that do not comply with Department standards.
The Department of Health and its associated professional boards investigate reports of unprofessional conduct by licensed professionals and healthcare facilities. Each license type has different standards for unprofessional conduct, examples of which can be found in the state laws specific to each profession. Generally, unprofessional conduct includes behavior that is abusive, negligent, or knowingly wrong. Patients and caregivers may file health and safety complaints against licensed healthcare facilities or agencies, such as hospitals and nursing homes. Examples of complaints that may be filed include accidents, environmental hazards, inadequate staffing, poor quality of care, poor dental or pharmacy services, or cold food.
While restaurants are not healthcare facilities, they are required to prepare food in a safe manner. If you think that you have gotten sick from food from a restaurant please contact us (make sure you attach information on what you have eaten for the 3-days prior to getting sick). The Department of Health also enforces smoke-free regulations for all food establishments in the state. After-Hours Emergency Number (401) 272-5952
If you have problems or questions about the Department of Health please contact us.
You may file a written complaint against a health plan if you are not satisfied with access to covered services, quality of care, or delivery of care. We will investigate your complaint or refer you to the appropriate state agency, if the issue is not within our jurisdiction. We do not have the authority to overturn denials or appeals. You may, however, contact us to verify the appeals process if a health plan denies you a covered, medically-necessary service. If the denied service is a state-mandated benefit, please contact the Insurance Division of the Department of Business Regulation.
You may file a written complaint about smoking in a non-smoking area. If you have a question or problem with smoking or exposure to second hand smoke please contact us at The Rhode Island Department of Health's Tobacco Control Program.
If you believe that any licensed healthcare professional has acted unprofessionally, you may file a complaint online. Search the License Verification site for the professional or facility/organization by name. When you find the licensee there will be a link to submit a complaint. Follow that link to file your complaint. If you believe you have gotten food-borne illness at a restaurant you should contact the Office of Food Protection. (more)