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The Department of Health Professions (DHP) is pleased to introduce on behalf of the Commonwealths' 13 health regulatory boards and the Board of Health Professions, this brief synopsis on the work of the boards to license and regulate Virginia's 350,000 healthcare practitioners across 80 professions. Each board works "To ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public."
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Behaviors associated with doctor shopping for the illegitimate use of prescription drugs is on the decline in Virginia, according to newly released data from the Department of Health Professions’ (DHP) Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). The PMP maintains a database of prescriptions written in Virginia, interoperable with 15 other states. Read More
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Own Your Future: Virginia's Long-Term Care Awareness Campaign
Our mission is to ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public.
New Video Resource - Prescription Drug Abuse - Red Flags for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
An educational video for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to help them identify the warning signs of prescription drug abuse and diversion when dispensing prescriptions was created by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® and the Anti-Diversion Industry Working Group, a consortium of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. This 12-minute video, entitled, "Red Flags," includes a foreword from Virginia Board of Pharmacy Executive Director, Caroline D. Juran.
Human Trafficking in Virginia
Health care practitioners may be in a unique position to recognize the signs of human trafficking, defined, in part, as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for the purposes of commercial sex acts or labor services through the use of force, fraud or coercion. You will find more information about human trafficking, resources for victims, and reporting of a suspicion of trafficking at: http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/victims/humantrafficking/.
The hotlines for reporting are 1-888-3737-888 to The National Human Trafficking Resource Center or 1-888-428-7581 to the Department of Justice. Both hotlines are available 24/7.
“New Frontiers for Virginia’s Healthcare Workforce” Forum Summary
The Healthcare Workforce Data Center (HWDC) recently released five reports compiled from 2011-2012 surveys of healthcare licensees from the professions of dentistry, nursing and pharmacy. Read more about the forum and what was discussed here.
Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses
For more information, please read attached policy and contact the applicable board for your license.
Public Health Information
As of August 1, 2010, DHP no longer accepts cash payments or foreign checks. Only the following payment methods are accepted:
- Personal/Business Checks
- Cashier’s/Certified Checks
- Money Orders
No cash, credit/debit cards, or foreign checks are accepted at DHP’s central office. DHP offers online and mail-in payment options. For online options click the following links:
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The Department’s most important priority is to ensure that citizens receive safe and competent healthcare. We have achieved a dramatic improvement in how long it takes to resolve disciplinary cases without sacrificing public safety. Click here, or the chart below, to get the complete story.
DHP exceeds its goal by closing over 90% of disciplinary cases within 250 working days...
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