In 2020, the Medical Society of Virginia introduced new legislation to help physicians and PAs get the emotional support they need. In response, on March 8, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam signed into effect HB115 and SB120, providing for the creation of the SafeHaven™ program.
Independence. The bill establishes in the Virginia Code legal protections for a professional program which addresses issues related to burnout by doctors of medicine or osteopathic medicine and physician assistants.
Immunity. Amendments give more professional discretion to the provider on when to report to the board a belief that a physician or PA is in danger to themselves or others. All participants of SafeHaven™ are immune from reporting unless they are a danger to themselves or others.
Privileged. Consultations under SafeHaven™ are considered privileged communications and do not pose a risk to your medical license, except in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
To read more about HB115 and how SafeHaven™ benefits clinicians, download our legislative guide.