Primary Source Verification - Definition/Requirements

What is primary source verification?

Primary Source verification applies only to licensure/certification or registration required to practice a profession. Current licensure/certification or registration is verified at the time of hire or renewal via a secure electronic communication. Telephone verification is acceptable, if that verification is documented. Primary Source verification will be obtained from a state licensing board or another agency officially designated to provide such services. Primary Source verification is not required for organizational requirements such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS), or clinical certifications such as peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line certification.
Last updated on April 11, 2016
Manual: Disease Specific Care
Chapter: Delivering or Facilitating Clinical Care DSDF

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