Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Regulations for the Licensure of Hospitals in Virginia [12 VAC 5 ‑ 410]
Update the Regulations to reflect a CMS-issued final rule enabling dietitians in the hospital setting to order therapeutic diets
Action 4373
General Information
Action Summary The State Board of Health (Board) proposes to amend 12VAC5-410 et. seq. Regulations for the Licensure of Hospitals in Virginia to reflect changes to federal regulations. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule on May 12, 2014, which enables a qualified dietitian or qualified nutrition professional to become privileged to independently order both standard and therapeutic diets within the hospital and critical access hospital settings ( This rule change became effective on July 11, 2014. The Regulations for the Licensure of Hospitals in Virginia, 12VAC5-410-260 is currently written in a manner that is more restrictive than the federal regulations. This regulatory action will amend the regulations to remove restrictions that are more stringent than federal law.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004180]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7243 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/14/2016.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Rebekah E. Allen  / Sr. Policy Analyst
Address: Virginia Department of Health
9960 Mayland Drive, Ste. 401
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-2102    FAX: (804)527-4502    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.