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 Chapters 136, 343, 670 and 671 of 2019 Acts of Assembly
Action 5286
General Information
Action Summary Chapters 136 and 343 of the 2019 Acts of Assembly require the Board of Health to promulgate regulations that “establish an exemption, for a period of no more than 30 days, from the requirement to obtain a license to add temporary beds in an existing hospital or nursing home when the Commissioner has determined that a natural or man-made disaster has caused the evacuation of a hospital or nursing home and that a public health emergency exists due to a shortage of hospital or nursing home beds.” Currently, an increase in hospital bed capacity requires the issuance of a new license. Chapters 670 and 671 of the 2019 Acts of Assembly require every hospital to “provide written information about the patient’s ability to request an estimate of the payment amount pursuant to [§ 32.1-137.05 of the Code of Virginia]” and mandates that the information “be posted conspicuously in public areas of the hospital, including admissions or registration areas, and included on any website maintained by the hospital.”
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  [005943]
Associated Mandates
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
8632 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/23/2019.
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.