Office of Health Systems Development
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
Licensure as a health care facility in Rhode Island requires approval by the Department of Health. This includes freestanding emergency care facilities, outpatient kidney treatment centers, organized ambulatory care facilities, and outpatient birth centers. more
Certificate of Need
The Certificate of Need process is designed to prevent unnecessary duplication of expensive medical services and equipment. The review process has two-steps: a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a deadline of 26 April 2015 (for non expeditious applications) and the Certificate of Need (CON) application with a deadline of 10 June 2015 (for non expeditious applications). Please note that since 26 April 2015 falls on a Sunday, the Department will accept LOI submissions up through 4:30 PM on Monday 27 April 2015.
Change in Effective Control
A change in ownership, control, or lease of a healthcare facility in Rhode Island requires approval by the Department of Health. This includes hospitals, nursing homes, organized ambulatory care facilities, outpatient kidney dialysis facilities, outpatient hospice care facilities, freestanding emergency care facilities, home health care providers, etc. more