Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Regulations for the Licensure of Hospitals in Virginia [12 VAC 5 ‑ 410]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Amend Regulations to Conform to Provisions of HB1777 of 2017 Session
Action 4834
General Information
Action Summary House Bill 1777 enacted by the 2017 General Assembly amends § 32.1-127 of the Code of Virginia to require the Board of Health to include in the Regulations for the Licensure of Hospitals the requirement that hospitals providing psychiatric services establish a protocol to address the refusal for admission of medically stable patients referred for psychiatric care. The protocol would include direct verbal communication between the on-call psychiatric physician and the referring physician and prohibits on-call physicians or other hospital staff from refusing a request for direct verbal communication by a referring physician. The Virginia Department of Health is utilizing this exempt action to amend the Regulations for the Licensure of Hospitals (12VAC5-410 et. seq.) to reflect this new requirement
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: 2.2-4006(A)(4)(A)
RIS Project Yes  [005385]
Associated Mandates Amend Hospital Regulations – Psychiatric Services/Denial of Admissions
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
7952 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/21/2018.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Domica Winstead  / Policy Analyst
Address: VDH Office of Licensure and Certification
9960 Mayland Drive, Ste. 401
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-2157    FAX: (804)527-4502    TDD: ()-