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Controlled Substances CE Requirements

Published on Jan 14, 2020

Every 2 years, licensees with prescriptive authority must complete 2 hours of continuing education (CE) in pain management, proper prescribing of controlled substances, and the diagnosis and management of addiction. 

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Electronic Prescribing of Opioids

Published on May 1, 2020

Initially passed in 2018, opioid prescriptions must be transmitted to the pharmacy electronically. There are exceptions in the law.

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Temporary waivers for Medicine reinstatement or reactivation

Published on Mar 23, 2020

Temporary waiver to reinstate or reactivate a license for a doctor of medicine or osteopathic medicine, a physician assistant, or a respiratory therapist - Updated September 8, 2020

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COVID-19 Reactivation/Reinstatement Application

Published on Mar 31, 2020

Application for Reactivation/Reinstatement during COVID-19 Emergency.

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Governor Northam Directs Postponement of Elective Surgeries

Published on Mar 25, 2020

Governor Ralph Northam and State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA today directed all hospitals to stop performing elective surgeries or procedures to help conserve supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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COVID-19 Out of State Licensure

Published on Mar 20, 2020

Out of State Licensure Exception for Practitioners Assisting in Hospitals, Licensed Nursing Facilities, Dialysis Facilities, Physicians’ Offices, and Other Health Care Facilities

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COVID Waiver for Physician Assistants

Published on Jun 11, 2020

Information about Executive Order 57 regarding Physician Assistant practice.

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Telemedicine Services for Virginia Residents during COVID-19 Emergency

Published on Apr 3, 2020

Information about telemedicine services for Virginia residents during COVID-19 Emergency.

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Relaxation of HIPAA Enforcement for Telehealth

Published on Mar 19, 2020

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the US Department of Health and Human Services is relaxing its enforcement of HIPAA regulations governing telehealth during the COVID-19 National Emergency.

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Expedited Licensure

Published on Mar 20, 2020

During the declared coronavirus emergency in Virginia, the board of medicine is streamlining its licensing process for certain professions.

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Fraudulent Communications

Published on Oct 2, 2019

The Board has received information that fraudulent communications are being sent to licensees.

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Coats Disease Awareness Day

Published on Aug 14, 2019

House Joint Resolution 750 established August 17th of each year as Coats Disease Awareness Day. 

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Medicaid Expansion

Published on Dec 10, 2018

On June 7, 2018, Governor Northam signed the new state budget that will expand eligibility under Medicaid for up to 400,000 adult Virginians who have not been eligible for Medicaid in the past.

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Controlled Substances CE Requirements

Published on Jan 31, 2019

Every 2 years, licensees with prescriptive authority must complete 2 hours of continuing education (CE) in pain management, proper prescribing of controlled substances, and the diagnosis and management of addiction. 

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Certification for the Use of Cannabidiol Oil or THC-A Oil

Published on Mar 20, 2018

House Bill 1251 was signed by Governor Northam on March 9, 2018 and became effective the same day.

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Procedure for Verification of Licensure

Published on Aug 20, 2019

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.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Published on Jul 1, 2015

SB 1045 was passed by the 2015 Legislature and signed by the Governor regarding Information On Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses

Published on Jun 3, 2019

Virginia law allows renewal extensions for military and their spouses.

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Public Health Information

Published on Aug 6, 2019

Resources for Clinicians from the Virginia Department of Health

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Virginia Board of Medicine
medbd@dhp.virginia.gov | Contact the Board
William L. Harp, MD, Executive Director
Lori D. Conklin, MD, President