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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 221. Regulations Governing Cooperative Agreements

12VAC5-221-100. Ongoing and active supervision.

A. The commissioner shall maintain active and continuing supervision of the parties in accordance with the terms under this section and to ensure compliance with the cooperative agreement and the letter authorizing cooperative agreement.

B. Any party who receives a letter authorizing cooperative agreement shall submit any additional information that is requested by the department to establish benchmarks for ongoing monitoring and supervision. The department's request may include (i) information on patient satisfaction, (ii) information on employee satisfaction, (iii) a charge master, (iv) information reflecting the contracted rates negotiated with nonphysician providers, (v) information reflecting the noncontracted rates negotiated with allied health professionals, and (vi) information reflecting the noncontracted rates negotiated with other providers.

C. The department shall establish quantitative measures that will be used to evaluate the proposed and continuing benefits of the cooperative agreement.

1. The quantitative measures shall include measures of the cognizable benefits from the cooperative agreement in at least the following categories:

a. Population health;

b. Access to health services;

c. Economic;

d. Patient safety;

e. Patient satisfaction; and

f. Other cognizable benefits.

2. Each category may be comprised of measures for subcategories.

3. The technical advisory panel and the parties to the cooperative agreement may make recommendations for the creation and evaluation of quantitative measures, but the department shall have the exclusive authority to add, modify, accept, or reject recommendations when creating or interpreting the quantitative measures.

D. A department representative may make periodic unannounced onsite inspections of the parties' facilities as necessary. If the department finds, after inspection, noncompliance with any provision of this chapter, any applicable state regulations, or the elements of the cooperative agreement or the letter authorizing cooperative agreement, the commissioner shall begin enforcement procedures in accordance with 12VAC5-221-130.

E. The parties shall make available to the department representative requested records and shall allow access to interview the agents, employees, contractors, and any other person under control, direction, or supervision of the parties.

F. Complaints received by the department with regard to noncompliance with the cooperative agreement or the letter authorizing cooperative agreement shall be investigated. When the investigation is complete, the parties and the complainant, if known, shall be notified of the findings of the investigation.

G. The commissioner may develop other mechanisms of monitoring the parties to determine compliance with the cooperative agreement and whether compliance continues to meet the requirements of § 15.2-5384.1 of the Code of Virginia. The commissioner may modify the mechanisms of monitoring the parties upon notice to the parties.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 34, Issue 1, eff. October 20, 2017.

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