HB1130: Unconscious bias and cultural competency; Bd. of Medicine shall require continuing education, etc.


HOUSE BILL NO. 1130
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the Governor
on April 8, 2024)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Hayes)
A BILL to direct the Board of Medicine to require certain licensees to complete training that addresses maternal health care for African American, indigenous, and Hispanic women and women in underserved rural communities as part of their continuing learning activities.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. That the Board of Medicine (the Board) shall require that persons licensed by the Board who work with maternal populations, including persons who work in fertility care, prenatal care, birth care, and postpartum care, complete two hours of continuing learning activities that address maternal health care for populations of women that data indicate experience significantly greater than average maternal mortality, including African American, indigenous, and Hispanic women and women in underserved rural communities. Licensees subject to this requirement shall take such training no later than July 1, 2026, and shall attest to obtaining such training using a form provided by the Board.


VIRGINIA ACTS OF ASSEMBLY -- CHAPTER
An Act to direct the Board of Medicine to require certain licensees to complete training on unconscious bias and cultural competency as part of their continuing education and continuing competency requirements for licensure.
[H 1130]
Approved

 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. That the Board of Medicine (the Board) shall, pursuant to its authority under § 54.1-2928.3 of the Code of Virginia, require that persons licensed by the Board complete continuing learning activities on the topics of unconscious bias and cultural competency. The Board shall promulgate regulations requiring that the continued competency requirements for renewal of an active license shall include completion of unconscious bias and cultural competency training. The Board shall designate organizations that identify and facilitate an evidence-based curriculum to comply with this legislation. Such unconscious bias and cultural competency training shall be required for every license renewal period for licensees of the Board.

§ 2. That the first unconscious bias and cultural competency training required pursuant to § 1 of this act shall be comprehensive and cover how unconscious racial bias affects care during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Subsequent unconscious bias and cultural competency training shall provide relevant practice-related content as determined by the Board. The Board shall update the training as it identifies additional needs.

§ 3. That the Board shall report the number of licensees who have successfully completed such training to the Department of Health and the Virginia Neonatal Perinatal Collaborative to be included in their annual reports. The Virginia Neonatal Perinatal Collaborative shall, for licensees who provide fertility care, prenatal care, birth care, and postpartum care, evaluate the impact of such training, develop a method for assessment of its effectiveness, and make recommendations for training improvements.


HOUSE BILL NO. 1130
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee on Health and Human Services
on January 30, 2024)
(Patrons Prior to Substitute--Delegates Hayes and Clark [HB 32])
A BILL to direct the Board of Medicine to require certain licensees to complete training on unconscious bias and cultural competency as part of their continuing education and continuing competency requirements for licensure.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. That the Board of Medicine (the Board) shall, pursuant to its authority under § 54.1-2928.3 of the Code of Virginia, require that persons licensed by the Board complete continuing learning activities on the topics of unconscious bias and cultural competency. The Board shall promulgate regulations requiring that the continued competency requirements for renewal of an active license shall include completion of unconscious bias and cultural competency training. The Board shall designate organizations that identify and facilitate an evidence-based curriculum to comply with this legislation. Such unconscious bias and cultural competency training shall be required for every license renewal period for licensees of the Board.

§ 2. That the first unconscious bias and cultural competency training required pursuant to § 1 of this act shall be comprehensive and cover how unconscious racial bias affects care during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Subsequent unconscious bias and cultural competency training shall provide relevant practice-related content as determined by the Board. The Board shall update the training as it identifies additional needs.

§ 3. That the Board shall report the number of licensees who have successfully completed such training to the Department of Health and the Virginia Neonatal Perinatal Collaborative to be included in their annual reports. The Virginia Neonatal Perinatal Collaborative shall, for licensees who provide fertility care, prenatal care, birth care, and postpartum care, evaluate the impact of such training, develop a method for assessment of its effectiveness, and make recommendations for training improvements.

HOUSE BILL NO. 1130

Offered January 10, 2024
Prefiled January 10, 2024
A BILL to direct the Board of Medicine and the Board of Nursing to require completion of training on unconscious bias and cultural competency as part of their continuing education and continuing competency requirements for licensure.
Patron-- Hayes

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. That the Board of Medicine shall, pursuant to its authority under § 54.1-2928.3 of the Code of Virginia, require that licensees complete continuing learning activities on the topic of unconscious bias and cultural competency. The Board of Nursing shall promulgate regulations requiring that the continued competency requirements for renewal of an active license shall include completion of unconscious bias and cultural competency training. The Board of Medicine and Board of Nursing shall designate organizations that identify and facilitate an evidence-based curriculum to comply with this legislation. Such unconscious bias and cultural competency training shall be required for every license renewal period for licensees of the Board of Medicine and Board of Nursing.

§ 2. That the first unconscious bias and cultural competency training required pursuant to § 1 of this act shall be comprehensive and cover how unconscious racial bias affects care during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Subsequent unconscious bias and cultural competency training shall provide relevant practice-related content as determined by the Board of Nursing and Board of Medicine. The Board of Medicine and Board of Nursing shall update the training as they identify additional needs.

§ 3. That the Board of Medicine and Board of Nursing shall evaluate the impact of training required pursuant to § 1 of this act and develop a method for assessment of its effectiveness. The Board of Medicine and Board of Nursing shall report the number of licensees who have successfully completed the training as well as recommendations for training improvement to the Department of Health and the Virginia Neonatal Perinatal Collaborative to be included in their annual reports.