Hospitals; emergency departments to have at least one licensed physician on duty at all times. (SB392)

Introduced By

Sen. Stella Pekarsky (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hospitals; emergency departments; licensed physicians. Requires any hospital with an emergency department to have at least one licensed physician on duty and physically present at all times. Current law requires such hospitals to have a licensed physician on call, though not necessarily physically present on the premises, at all times. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2025 and is identical to HB 353. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, the fiscal impact estimates of the legislation (SB392) are indeterminate. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) does not have enough data to determine the potential volume of complaints that may arise from the legislative change. If the bill leads to a significant increase in complaints against hospitals, VDH may need additional personnel and incur additional costs for handling complaint intake and investigation. The costs to amend regulations are estimated to be less than $5,000, which can be covered with existing resources.

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Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103092D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/15/2024Assigned Education and Health Sub: Health
01/19/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB392)
01/23/2024Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/25/2024Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/30/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2024Read second time
02/01/2024Reading of amendment waived
02/01/2024Committee amendment agreed to
02/01/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended SB392E
02/01/2024Printed as engrossed 24103092D-E
02/02/2024Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB392E)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Health and Human Services
02/15/2024Reported from Health and Human Services with amendment(s) (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2024Read second time
02/20/2024Read third time
02/20/2024Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2024Engrossed by House as amended
02/20/2024Passed House with amendment (63-Y 36-N)
02/20/2024VOTE: Passage (63-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2024House amendment agreed to by Senate (36-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB392ER)
02/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB392ER)
02/27/2024Signed by Speaker
03/01/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/04/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 505 (effective 7/1/25)


Bill Peabody writes:

Can rural hospitals comply and afford the extra expense?

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