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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 391. Regulations for the Licensure of Hospice
9/21/2020

12VAC5-391-170. Governing Body.

A. The hospice program shall have a governing body that is legally responsible for the management, operation and fiscal affairs of the hospice program. The governing body of the hospital, nursing facility or home health agency that operates a hospice shall include in its internal organizational structure an identifiable unit of hospice services.

B. The governing body shall adopt written by-laws describing the hospice program structure, including the:

1. Hospice program's objectives;

2. Scope of services;

3. Relationship of the hospice program's services to other services operated by the governing body, if applicable, or by written agreement with the governing body of an affiliated medical service provider; and

4. Establishment of a quality improvement committee.

At least every two years, the governing body shall review and approve necessary changes to the program's by-laws.

C. The governing body shall review annually and approve the recommendations of the quality improvement committee.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-162.5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 21, Issue 23, eff. November 1, 2005.

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