Health Systems Policy and Regulation, Center for


To prevent unnecessary duplication of medical services, facilities, and equipment; and promote access, safe and adequate treatment, and quality improvement in healthcare facilities.

What we do

  • Approve initial licensure of healthcare facility in Rhode Island including: freestanding emergency care facilities, outpatient kidney treatment centers, organized ambulatory care facilities, and outpatient birth centers.
  • Certify the need for expensive medical services and equipment
  • Approve changes in effective control (ownership, control, or lease) of a healthcare facility including: hospitals, nursing homes, organized ambulatory care facilities, outpatient kidney dialysis facilities, outpatient hospice care facilities, freestanding emergency care facilities, home health care providers.