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. The SafeHaven™ legislation offers:
Independence. The bill establishes in the Virginia Code legal protections for a professional program which addresses issues related to burnout by Doctor of Medicine or osteopathic medicine, PAs, NPs, nurses, pharmacists, and students of medicine, PA, nursing and pharmacy.
Immunity. The law expands civil immunity for those practitioners who serve as members of or consultants to the MSV SafeHaven™ program, providing help to clinicians experiencing burnout. Clinicians participating in the SafeHaven™ program will not be reported unless they are not competent to practice or are a danger to themselves or others.
Privilege. Consultations under SafeHaven™ are considered privileged communications and only under extraordinary circumstances and in very rare cases would the communication become discoverable in litigation proceedings.
To read more about HB115 and how SafeHaven™ benefits clinicians, download our legislative guide.