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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.
Governor’s Task Force On Prescription Drug And Heroin Abuse
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 29 on September 26, 2014, establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse. For more information click here.
Virginia Board of Optometry supports the US Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to Alert Consumers of Risks Associated with Non-Prescription Decorative Contact Lenses
As consumers prepare for Halloween, the Virginia Board of Optometry is working to amplify the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) efforts to raise public awareness regarding the hazards of non-corrective decorative contact lenses sold without prescription. The FDA has partnered with the American Optometric Association and the Entertainment Industry Council to provide consumer education materials to people nationwide online at http://www.contactlensart.org.
Ebola Virus Update for healthcare practitioners from Virginia Department of Health
October 15, 2014 - As the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) continues to make news, it is important for licensees of health regulatory boards to be informed. In addition to public outreach, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is the Commonwealth’s top resource on Ebola for healthcare providers and facilities. For up to the minute information, please visit VDH’s website.
October 3, 2014 - I am providing you with a update on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and will continue to do so regularly as needed over the coming weeks. The safety of all health care providers and keeping the health care community and the public informed are our top priorities. Read the full letter from the State Health Commissioner.
DHP Now on Social Media
The Department of Health Professions (DHP), composed of Virginia’s 13 health regulatory boards, the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), the Healthcare Workforce Data Center (HWDC) and the Health Practitioners Monitoring Program (HPMP) is now live on three social media platforms including YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr.
For agency information regarding “How to file a complaint with a health regulatory board,” “ How to register to use the Prescription Monitoring Program” or to view the National Association of Boards of Pharmacists®, ”Red Flags” video visit DHP on YouTube at VA Health Professions.
For the latest information from Virginia’s Prescription Monitoring Program, please visit DHP PMP on Twitter.
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.
“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:
Online Renewals | Online Applications
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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