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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 371. Regulations for the Licensure of Nursing Facilities

12VAC5-371-240. Physician services.

A. Each resident shall be under the care of a physician licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants licensed to practice in Virginia may provide care as assigned by the supervising physician and within the parameters of professional licensing.

B. Prior to, or at the time of admission, each resident, his designated representative, or the entity responsible for his care shall designate an attending physician.

C. A complete medical plan of care must be provided at the time of admission, or within 48 hours after admission. The plan shall include:

1. Primary diagnosis;

2. Identification of resident problems;

3. Medical history and physical exam;

4. Orders for medications;

5. Treatments;

6. Restorative services;

7. Activity levels;

8. Diet;

9. Special procedures recommended for health and safety of the resident; and

10. Advance directives, if known.

D. The admission medical plan of care shall be prescribed and signed by the attending physician. Subsequent medical plans of care for the same resident may be prescribed and signed by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant according to their practice agreements.

E. The physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant shall review the resident's medical plan of care at each visit and write a progress note.

F. Each resident shall be seen by his attending physician and the resident's total program of care shall be reviewed and appropriately revised as necessary.

G. All verbal orders shall be immediately recorded and signed by the individual receiving them, and shall be countersigned by the prescribing person.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-127 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 17, eff. July 1, 1997; amended, Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 7, eff. January 11, 2006.

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