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Standards FAQ Details


Human Resources (HR) (Critical Access Hospitals / Critical Access Hospitals)

Primary Source Verification
Current | April 27, 2015
Q. What is Primary Source Verification? Who does it apply to?  

A. Primary Source verification applies only to licensure/certification or registration required to practice a profession. It is not required for organizational requirements such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) or pediatric advanced life support (PALS) or clinical certifications such as peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line certification.  Current licensure/certification or registration is verified at the time of hire or renewal via a secure electronic communication or by telephone is acceptable, if verification is documented. Primary Source verification will be obtained from State licensing boards or a primary source of information to be verified may designate to an agency the role of communicating credentials information. The delegated agency then becomes acceptable to be used as a primary source.