Vol. 32 Iss. 12 - February 08, 2016

Chapter 221
Notice of Intended Regulatory Action

Notice is hereby given in accordance with § 2.2-4007.01 of the Code of Virginia that the State Board of Health intends to consider promulgating a new regulation, 12VAC5-221, Virginia's Rules and Regulations Governing Cooperative Agreements. The purpose of the proposed action is to implement Chapter 741 of the 2015 Acts of Assembly, which mandates that the new regulation include, at a minimum, provisions regarding (i) the review of applications for proposed cooperative agreements; (ii) the process by which applications for proposed cooperative agreements are approved or denied; (iii) post-approval monitoring; and (iv) a schedule establishing the amount of the annual fee that the commissioner is authorized to assess from the parties to a cooperative agreement. The emergency regulations contain provisions that meet these requirements. To address the unique health care challenges that exist in the southwest region of Virginia, the General Assembly enacted Chapter 741, which authorizes the Commissioner of Health to approve cooperative agreements that are beneficial to individuals served by the Southwest Virginia Health Authority and to actively supervise cooperative agreements to ensure compliance with the provisions that have been approved. The intent of this regulatory action is to promote and protect the health and safety of individuals within the Southwest Virginia Health Authority's geographic area by ensuring that any cooperative agreements entered into by hospitals foster improvements in the quality of health care, moderate increases in health care cost, improve access to needed health care services, and promote improvements in population health status in the Southwest Virginia Health Authority's geographic area.

The agency does not intend to hold a public hearing on the proposed action after publication in the Virginia Register.

Statutory Authority: § 32.1-12 of the Code of Virginia; Chapter 741 of the 2015 Acts of Assembly.

Public Comment Deadline: March 9, 2016.

Agency Contact: Susan Puglisi, Policy Analyst, Department of Health, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 401, Richmond, VA 23233, telephone (804) 367-2157, FAX (804) 527-4502, or email

VA.R. Doc. No. R16-4430; Filed January 18, 2016, 5:40 p.m.