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David E. Brown, D.C.

The Department of Health Professions (DHP) is pleased to introduce on behalf of the Commonwealth's 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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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.

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National Drug Take Back Day

"DHP Encourages Health Practitioners to Advise Patients to Participate April 27, 2019 in DEA Drug Take Back Day--". An Open Letter from DHP Director, David Brown, D.C..

Healthcare practitioners are encouraged to advise patients about this service and to remind them it is free and anonymous with no questions asked. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites coordinated with law enforcement agencies throughout Virginia.

Healthcare professionals are encouraged to read a letter from DHP Director Dr. David Brown.

You can use the DEA website to enter your zip code to find a local collection site.

Virginia’s Prescription Monitoring Program Announces New Access to Opioid Prescription History from Military Hospitals and Clinics

Virginia’s Prescription Monitoring Program, or PMP, announces its new ability to share the prescription history of Military Treatment Facility patients under an agreement with the US Department of Defense Health Agency. For more information read the press release.

Licensed Nurse Practitioner News

New autonomous practice law enacted by Governor Northam and the associated emergency regulations promulgated by the Committee of the Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicine are in effect as of January 7, 2019.  This new law allows Nurse Practitioners with the equivalent of 5 years of full-time clinical experience to be able to apply for full practice authority (autonomous practice).  More information regarding the new law, may be found at Virginia Code § 54.1-2957 and emergency regulations at 18 VAC 90-30-86Click Here for the Application also available on the Board of Nursing Applications page.

Virginia Core Competencies in Addiction, Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing

The General Assembly in 2017 mandated a workgroup to establish educational guidelines for training health care providers in the safe prescribing and appropriate use of opioids. These Core Competencies in Addiction, Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing have been sent to Virginia's schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy, as well as Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Programs, for incorporation into the training of their students.

A second workgroup looked at competencies for professionals who, although they do not prescribe, often provide care for patients with the disease of addiction or who are receiving opioids for pain.  The Virginia Core Competencies in Addiction, Opioids and Pain Management for Non-Prescribers are a curricular framework for Virginia’s schools that educate registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, dental hygienists, professional counselors, psychologists and social workers.

Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Prescription Monitoring Program Now Interoperable With North Carolina

Governor Ralph Northam today announced interconnectivity between the Commonwealth's secure Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database and North Carolina's Controlled Substance Reporting System,  RxSentry. As a result, pharmacists and prescribers in both states will be able to see the prescription history of patients who may utilize health providers or pharmacists in both jurisdictions, improving the quality of care and decreasing the risk of prescription drug diversion. The interoperability is provided through Prescription Monitoring Program Interconnect™ (PMPi), a service of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

Read the Governor's full news release.

UVA Health System to Integrate Electronic Medical Record System with Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)

In order to improve patient safety in the battle against prescription drug and opioid abuse, the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville this month becomes the first large medical system in Virginia under a public-private grant to initiate use of the NarxCare Appriss digital bridge. NarxCare is used by prescribers and pharmacists within their work flow to expedite access to the Commonwealth’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Read the full press release.

Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine issues new resources for safe use of opioids

Veterinary practitioners can learn more about the new state regulations governing opioid treatment for animals, and pet owners can learn more about safe disposal and proper handling of opioid medications in the household. Visit the Board’s website for more information, or download the flyer now.

Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia

On November 21, 2016 Governor McAuliffe issued a News Release stating that State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine has declared Virginia’s opioid abuse crisis a Public Health Emergency in the Commonwealth.

Visit the Virginia Department of Health for more information.
Download Commissioner Levine’s message to healthcare practitioners on dispensing Naloxone.

Virginia’s Healthcare Workforce Data Center Issues Digital Healthcare Occupational Road Map

To assist Virginians considering careers to meet the healthcare needs of Virginia’s 8 million residents, the Virginia Department of Health Professions’ (DHP) Healthcare Workforce Data Center (HWDC) released its Healthcare Occupational Roadmap to support students and others with their decision-making process. Learn more

Reimbursement Now Available for Select Medicaid Patients

In order to better serve citizens of the Commonwealth, healthcare practitioners treating mentally ill Medicaid patients with serious conditions who are enrolled in the Governorís Access Plan (GAP) may now seek reimbursement through the Department of Medical Services (DMAS) for select outpatient medical, behavioral health and other services offered by Magellan of Virginia.

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Navigating FOIA

A vast majority of public records are available to all citizens of the Commonwealth through the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  Download our guidance document to learn more about your FOIA rights and responsibilities.

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.

DHP 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 live on two social media platforms, YouTube and Tumblr.
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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 the DHP Healthcare Workforce Data Center, please visit DHP HWDC on Tumblr.

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.

Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses

For more information, please read attached policy and contact the applicable board for your license.

Death Certification

Virginia Department of Health training on Death Certification.

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Important Information on Payments

Please note 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

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