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Medical Excellence Zone Program; VDH to determine establishments.

Directs the Department of Health to determine the feasibility of the establishment of a Medical Excellence Zone Program and directs the Department of Health Professions to pursue reciprocal agreements with states contiguous with the Commonwealth for licensure for certain primary care practitioners under the Board of Medicine. The Medical Excellence Zone Program would allow citizens of the Commonwealth living in rural underserved areas to receive medical treatment via telemedicine services from providers licensed or registered in a state that is contiguous with the Commonwealth. The bill requires the Department of Health to set out the criteria that would be required for a locality or group of localities in the Commonwealth to be eligible for the designation as a medical excellence zone and report its findings to the Senate Committee on Education and Health and the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions by November 1, 2020.

Date Version PDF TXT
01/23/2020 Senate: Committee substitute printed 20106049D-S1 Open
01/08/2020 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105119D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20106049D
    SENATE BILL NO. 757
    AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
    (Proposed by the Senate Committee on Education and Health
    on January 23, 2020)
    (Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Favola)
    A BILL to require the Department of Health to determine the feasibility of the establishment of a Medical Excellence Zone Program and to require the Department of Health Professions to pursue reciprocal agreements with states contiguous with the Commonwealth for licensure for certain primary care practitioners under the Board of Medicine.

    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. � 1. That the Department of Health shall determine the feasibility of establishing a Medical Excellence Zone Program (the Program) to allow citizens of the Commonwealth living in rural underserved areas to receive medical treatment via telemedicine services as defined in � 38.2-3418.16 of the Code of Virginia. The Department shall set out the criteria that would be required for a locality or group of localities in the Commonwealth to be eligible for the designation as a medical excellence zone. Such criteria shall include that any locality or group of localities eligible for the Program must demonstrate economic disadvantage of residents in the proposed medical excellence zone. The Department of Health shall report its findings to the Senate Committee on Education and Health and the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions by November 1, 2020.

    2. � 1. That the Department of Health Professions shall pursue the establishment of reciprocal agreements with states that are contiguous with the Commonwealth for the licensure of doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathic medicine, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Reciprocal agreements shall only require that a person hold a current, unrestricted license in the other jurisdiction and that no grounds exist for denial based on � 54.1-2915 of the Code of Virginia. The Department of Health Professions shall report on its progress in establishing such agreements to the Senate Committee on Education and Health and the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions by November 1, 2020.

    3. � 1. That the Board of Medicine shall prioritize applicants for licensure as a doctor of medicine or osteopathic medicine, a physician assistant, or a nurse practitioner from such states that are contiguous with the Commonwealth in processing their applications for licensure by endorsement through a streamlined process, with a final determination regarding qualification to be made within 20 days of the receipt of a completed application.

    Picture Name From Date Type
    Barbara A. Favola D-Richmond Sponsor
    Jen A. Kiggans R-Richmond Cosponsor
    A. Benton Chafin R-Richmond Cosponsor
    Date Branch Action
    01/28/2020 Senate Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
    01/24/2020 Senate Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
    01/23/2020 Senate Senate: Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
    01/23/2020 Senate Senate: Committee substitute printed 20106049D-S1
    01/17/2020 Senate Senate: Assigned Education sub: Health
    01/08/2020 Senate Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105119D
    01/08/2020 Senate Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
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    Start Description.
    Directs the Department of Health to determine the feasibility of the establishment of a Medical Excellence Zone Program and directs the Department of Health Professions to pursue reciprocal agreements with states contiguous with the Commonwealth for licensure for certain primary care practitioners under the Board of Medicine. The Medical Excellence Zone Program would allow citizens of the Commonwealth living in rural underserved areas to receive medical treatment via telemedicine services
    End Description.

    Bill TEXT Points.
    This Bill has been listed with the following Subjects from Texts:
    Education
    757 AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE (Proposed by the Senate Committee on Education and Health on January 23, 2020) (Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Favola) A BILL to require the Department of Health to determine the feasibility of the establishment of a Medical Excellence Zone Program and to require the Department of Health Professions to pursue reciprocal agreements with states contiguous with the Commonwealth for licensure for certain primary care practitioners

    Professions
    757 AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE (Proposed by the Senate Committee on Education and Health on January 23, 2020) (Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Favola) A BILL to require the Department of Health to determine the feasibility of the establishment of a Medical Excellence Zone Program and to require the Department of Health Professions to pursue reciprocal agreements with states contiguous with the Commonwealth for licensure for certain primary care practitioners

    Senate
    757 AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE (Proposed by the Senate Committee on Education and Health on January 23, 2020) (Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Favola) A BILL to require the Department of Health to determine the feasibility of the establishment of a Medical Excellence Zone Program and to require the Department of Health Professions to pursue reciprocal agreements with states contiguous with the Commonwealth for licensure for certain primary care practitioners

    Health
    757 AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE (Proposed by the Senate Committee on Education and Health on January 23, 2020) (Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Favola) A BILL to require the Department of Health to determine the feasibility of the establishment of a Medical Excellence Zone Program and to require the Department of Health Professions to pursue reciprocal agreements with states contiguous with the Commonwealth for licensure for certain primary care practitioners


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