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Coats Disease Awareness Day
In its 2017 Session, the Virginia General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 750 which establishes August 17th of each year as Coats Disease Awareness Day. Coats Disease is a rare eye condition that primarily afflicts young children and teenagers, but it can affect adults as well. It can cause blood vessels in one or both eyes to develop abnormally, causing exudative leakage in the back of the eye. Without early detection, treatment or surgery, these changes may progress to trauma, damage, partial or total blindness, or even require enucleation. Coats is sometimes hard to diagnose. To learn more about Coats Disease, go to this link for Rare Diseases Info from the National Institutes of Health: https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/6121/coats-disease It is hoped that early detection and research to find more effective treatments will lead to better outcomes for the citizens of the Commonwealth with this disease. Remember, August 17th is Coats Disease Awareness Day!
Emergency Regulations for Opioid Prescribing - Effective March 15, 2017
In response to the escalating opioid crisis in Virginia – and recently passed legislation – the Board of Medicine has promulgated regulations on the prescribing of opioids for pain and buprenorphine for treatment of substance abuse. The emergency regulations will remain in effect from March 15, 2017 to March 19, 2018 and will be replaced by permanent regulations during that time. A letter from Dr. William Harp, Executive Director of the Board summarizes the intent and content of these new regulations
Registration for VDH's Addiction Disease Management TrainingsExpanding Care with the Virginia ARTS Benefit: Addressing The Disease of Addiction In Your Outpatient Clinic Removing the Frustration with Opiate Use
Read more about no cost statewide trainings for Clinicians and Behavioral Health Professionals!
Controlled Substances CE Requirements
The Board of Medicine is required by law to identify prescribers who must complete 2 hours of continuing education (CE) in pain management, proper prescribing of controlled substances, and the diagnosis and management of addiction. The Board is requiring all prescribers licensed by the Board of Medicine to obtain 2 hours of Type 1 (CAT I) CE in the 24 months prior to your next biennial renewal. It is the responsibility of the licensee to find and complete the CE activities. Here are helpful links to free, online Category I CME.
2017 Spring Break Zika Awareness Toolkit
Primarily a mosquito borne disease, the Zika virus is most impactful in warmer seasons when illness can be transmitted by insects carrying the virus from one person to another. Maintaining a keen awareness for the transmission and treatment of Zika virus infection is an imperative for healthcare practitioners.
Along with their Zika Virus information page, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) now offers a Spring Break Toolkit featuring printable infographics and online resources to help Virginians spread Zika awareness on social media.
FDA News Release
The FDA announced on August 31, 2016 that strong warnings are issued against the concurrent use of prescription opioid analgesics and cough medicines along with benzodiazepines. Serious risks and death have been associated with this combination. For more information please read the annoucement
Notice of Regulatory Change for Physician Assistant Practice Agreements
Effective July 1, 2016, the Virginia Board of Medicine no longer requires a physician assistant and his supervising physician to submit a practice agreement for Board approval prior to initiation of practice.
The current regulation 18VAC85-50-101 still requires a physician assistant and his supervising physician to enter into a written or electronic practice agreement. This practice agreement shall be made available to the Board upon request but does not require approval prior to initiation of practice.
The Board has revised its practice agreement and associated documents and these may be found on its “Forms and Applications” page. For more information please see the Regulations Governing the Practice of Physician Assistants under the Board’s “Laws & Regulations” page.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Click here for Information on Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Certification for the Use of Cannabidiol Oil or THC-A Oil
Pursuant to Code of Virginia Section 54.1-3408.3, cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil can now be used for the treatment of intractable epilepsy in Virginia. There is a certification form that must be completed by the patient’s physician to authorize such use. The physician must be a neurologist or one that specializes in the treatment of epilepsy. Here is the link to the certification form.
New Procedure for Verification of Licensure
The Virginia Board of Medicine has teamed up with VeriDoc, Inc. to provide immediate verifications of licensure for our physicians and physician assistants to other state medical boards.
If you need a verification of your Virginia MD, DO, PA, Resident, or University Limited license sent to another state medical board, go to www.veridoc.org and follow the instructions to create and send an immediate verification. The fee charged by VeriDoc is $10.00.
If you need to have a verification of licensure sent to any entity other than a state medical board, or if your license type is not included above, please complete a Virginia license verification request form and submit with the appropriate processing fee.
Public Health Information
Important Public Health Information from the Department of Health
Forms & Applications
Download the available forms and applications from the Board.
Continuing Education Forms can be found here.
View the list of Professions regulated by the Board.
Laws & Regulations
Board Calendar and Past Board Meeting Minutes
View the calendar of upcoming Board meetings and minutes from past Board meetings.
View the current Members of the Board
Read the latest Board newsletters.
View and download the list of available guidance documents. These documents provide information or guidance to the public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations.
Regulatory Town Hall
The Virginia Department of Planning & Budget has designed a Regulatory Town Hall for anyone interested in the proposal of regulations or meetings of regulatory boards.