Glossary Check: R.I. Medical Services, Palliative Care

09 Mar, 2023 Frank Ferreri


Providence, RI ( -- Under Rhode Island workers' compensation law, an employer must provide any reasonable medical, surgical, dental, optical, or other attendance or treatment, nurse and hospital service, medicines, crutches, and apparatus for the period necessary, in order to cure, rehabilitate or relieve the employee from the effects of his injury.

What does "medical services" include in the Ocean State? The following information breaks it down.

  • “Medical services” includes palliative care services by a physician licensed by the state for 12 visits, after reaching maximum medical improvement.
  • Additional palliative care must be authorized by the insurer or self-insured employer.
  • A request for additional palliative care must be submitted to the insurer or self-insured employer at least 10 working days prior to delivery of the services and shall include:
    • A treatment plan, including a time schedule of measurable objectives.
    • A projected termination date of treatment.
    • An estimated total cost of services.

For compliance information across the country, turn to WorkCompResearch

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    • Frank Ferreri

      Frank Ferreri, M.A., J.D. covers workers' compensation legal issues. He has published books, articles, and other material on multiple areas of employment, insurance, and disability law. Frank received his master's degree from the University of South Florida and juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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