State Board Licensing | Credentialing

I have represented the interests of health care providers in state board regulatory matters and hospital credentialing matters for over 20 years.  The Virginia Department of Health Professions (DHP) is responsible for establishing and maintaining regulations that govern the professional practice of health care providers licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The DHP is also responsible for investigating complaints against health care providers and for taking disciplinary action against them when it is determined that their acts violated the laws and regulations governing their professional practice.  Complaints against health care providers can include allegations of substandard care, diversion of prescription drugs, inappropriate prescribing or dispensing of controlled substances, substandard record keeping, unprofessional conduct, boundary violations, sexual misconduct, and conviction of a felony or conviction of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.

DHP investigations and disciplinary proceedings are serious matters.  Although not all investigations or complaints necessarily result in disciplinary action, the ramifications for the health care provider can be quite serious and may even adversely affect the practitioner’s ability to practice their profession.  The potential ramifications include adverse actions against your professional license, clinical practice, and hospital credentials, increased malpractice insurance premiums or the inability to obtain malpractice insurance, and the exclusion from participation in health insurance provider panels.  In short, adverse licensing board actions can directly impact your ability to practice your profession, cause you headache and heartache, and cost you time and money.  For that reason, you need an attorney with knowledge of the applicable laws and regulations, one who is familiar with the various regulatory boards and board personnel, one with experience with the Health Practitioners’ Monitoring Program (HPMP), and an attorney who possesses the ability to adequately represent your interests in state board regulatory proceedings.

Below are the websites for the Virginia Department of Health Professions, each of the 14 health regulatory boards, and the Health Practitioners’ Monitoring Program

            Resources –

            Virginia Department of Health Professions

·      http://www.dhp.virginia.gov

Virginia Health Regulatory Boards

·      Board of Medicinehttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/medicine

·      Board of Dentistryhttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/dentistry

·      Board of Nursinghttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing

·      Board of Psychologyhttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Psychology

·      Board of Pharmacyhttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Pharmacy

·      Board of Physical Therapyhttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/PhysicalTherapy

·      Board of Optometryhttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Optometry

·      Board of Social Workhttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/social

·      Board of Counselinghttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling

·      Board of Veterinary Medicinehttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/vet

·      Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathologyhttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/aud

·      Board of Health Professionshttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/bhp

·      Board of Long-Term Care Administratorshttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nha

·      Board of Funeral Home Directors and Embalmershttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/funeral

 

Health Practitioners’ Monitoring Program

·      http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/hpmp