Q Who regulates Virginia nursing homes?
In Virginia, nursing homes are regulated by both federal and state laws the purpose of which is to provide safe and healthful facilities for our elderly. Virginia law requires that all nursing facilities be licensed to operate in Virginia. There are currently 265 licensed facilities in Virginia, all but fifteen of which are also certified for federal reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid. Both the Virginia and federal laws require that every facility pass an inspection, that certain staff-to-resident ratios be maintained, and that residents' nutritional needs be reassessed at least every three months.
The Virginia Department of Health Long Term Care Division regulates Virginia nursing homes. Its web site has links to pages where you can get information on nursing home regulations, nursing home inspections, and how to file nursing home complaints.