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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 215. Rules and Regulations Governing Health Data Reporting

12VAC5-215-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings:

"Adjusted patient days" means inpatient days divided by the percentage of inpatient revenues to total patient revenues.

"Board" means the Board of Health.

"Certified nursing facility" means any skilled nursing facility, skilled care facility, intermediate care facility, nursing or nursing care facility, or nursing home, whether freestanding or a portion of a freestanding medical care facility, that is certified as a Medicare or Medicaid provider, or both, pursuant to § 32.1-137 of the Code of Virginia.

"Consumer" means any person (i) whose occupation is other than the administration of health activities or the provision of health services, (ii) who has no fiduciary obligation to a health care institution or other health agency or to any organization, public or private, whose principal activity is an adjunct to the provision of health services, or (iii) who has no material financial interest in the rendering of health services.

"Health care institution" means (i) a general hospital, ordinary hospital, or outpatient surgical hospital, nursing home or certified nursing facility licensed or certified pursuant to Article 1 (§ 32.1-123 et seq.) of Chapter 5 of Title 32.1 of the Code of Virginia, (ii) a mental or psychiatric hospital licensed pursuant to Chapter 8 (§ 37.1-179 et seq.) of Title 37.1 of the Code of Virginia or (iii) a hospital operated by the University of Virginia or Virginia Commonwealth University. In no event shall such term be construed to include continuing care retirement communities which file annual financial reports with the State Corporation Commission pursuant to Chapter 49 (§ 38.2-4900 et seq.) of Title 38.2 of the Code of Virginia, any physician's office, nursing care facility of a religious body which depends upon prayer alone for healing, independent laboratory or outpatient clinic.

"Hospital" means any facility licensed pursuant to § 32.1-123 et seq. or § 37.1-179 et seq. of the Code of Virginia.

"Late charge" means a fee that is assessed a health care institution that submits any of the board's filings past the due date.

"Nursing home" means any facility or any identifiable component of any facility licensed pursuant to Article 1 (§ 32.1-123 et seq.) of Chapter 5 of Title 32.1 of the Code of Virginia, in which the primary function is the provision, on a continuing basis, of nursing services and health-related services for the treatment and inpatient care of two or more nonrelated individuals, including facilities known by varying nomenclature or designation such as convalescent homes, skilled nursing facilities or skilled care facilities, intermediate care facilities, extended care facilities and nursing or nursing care facilities.

"Patient day" means a unit of measure denoting lodging facilities provided and services rendered to one inpatient, between census-taking-hour on two successive days. The day of admission but not the day of discharge or death is counted a patient day. If both admission and discharge or death occur on the same day, the day is considered a day of admission and counts as one patient day. For purposes of filing fees to the board, newborn patient days would be added. For a medical facility, such as an ambulatory surgery center, which does not provide inpatient services, each patient undergoing surgery during any one 24-hour period will be equivalent to one patient day.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-276.2 et seq. of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR370-01-001 § 2.1, eff. February 25, 1987; amended, Virginia Register Volume 5, Issue 12, eff. April 12, 1989; Volume 6, Issue 15, eff. July 1, 1990; Volume 7, Issue 10, eff. April 1, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 1, eff. January 1, 1992; Volume 8, Issue 13, eff. January 1, 1992; Volume 8, Issue 17, eff. July 1, 1992; Volume 8, Issue 21, eff. September 1, 1992; Volume 8, Issue 26, eff. November 1, 1992; Volume 9, Issue 12, eff. April 7, 1993; Volume 10, Issue 15, eff. June 1, 1994; renumbered and amended, Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 4, eff. December 11, 1996.

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