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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 410. Regulations for the Licensure of Hospitals in Virginia

12VAC5-410-210. Medical staff.

A. Each hospital shall have an organized medical staff responsible to the governing body of the hospital for its own organized governance and all medical care provided to patients. Nothing in this subsection shall prevent hospitals that are a part of a hospital system from having a unified and integrated medical staff as permitted by 42 CFR 482.22(b)(4).

B. The medical staff shall be responsible to the hospital governing board and maintain appropriate standards of professional performance through staff appointment criteria, delineation of staff privileges, continuing peer review, and other appropriate mechanisms.

C. The medical staff, subject to approval by the governing body, shall develop bylaws incorporating details of the medical staff organization and governance, giving effect to its general powers, duties, and responsibilities including:

1. Methods of selection, election, or appointment of all officers and other executive committee members and officers;

2. Provisions for the selection and appointment of officers of departments or services specifying required qualifications;

3. The type, purpose, composition, and organization of standing committees;

4. Frequency and requirements for attendance at staff and departmental meetings;

5. An appeal mechanism for denial, revocation, or limitation of staff appointments, reappointments, and privileges;

6. Delineation of clinical privileges in accordance with the requirements of § 32.1-134.2 of the Code of Virginia;

7. Requirements regarding medical records;

8. A mechanism for utilization and medical care review; and

9. Such other provisions as shall be required by hospital or governmental rules and regulations.

D. A copy of approved medical staff bylaws and regulations and revisions thereto shall be made available to the OLC on request.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-33-500 § 2.5, eff. July 28, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 8, eff. April 1, 1995; Volume 23, Issue 10, eff. March 1, 2007; Volume 32, Issue 14, eff. April 22, 2016.

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