Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Regulations for the Licensure of Hospices [12 VAC 5 ‑ 391]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Amend Regulations to conform to Chapter 95 of 2018 Session
Action 5137
General Information
Action Summary House Bill 501 enacted by the 2018 General Assembly, and approved by the Governor on March 2, 2018, amends and reenacts Va. Code ยงยง 32.1-162.5:1 and 54.1-3411.2. HB 501 requires the Board of Health to include in the Regulations for the Licensure of Hospice that hospice programs establish policies and procedures for the disposal of drugs dispensed as part of the hospice plan of care, which shall include requirements that such disposal be (i) performed in a manner that complies with all state and federal requirements for the safe disposal of drugs by a licensed nurse, physician assistant, or physician who is employed by or has entered into a contract with the hospice program; (ii) witnessed by a member of the patient's family or a second employee of the hospice program who is licensed by a health regulatory board within the Department of Health Professions; and (iii) documented in the patient's medical record. The Virginia Board of Health is utilizing this exempt action to amend the Regulations for the Licensure of Hospice (12VAC5-391 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  [005608]
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
8403 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/26/2018.
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.