Currently for credentialing and privileging purposes, all licenses must be verified before completing an application which is usually done online as primary source verification which is acceptable by the Joint Commission. Then within 5 days a written license request has to be mailed. Usually the state licensing boards require a fee, some as high as $50 per license verification. And our office has never gained any additional information released other than what is on the online verification. Our state does not require payment, but we still pay almost $2000 in written licensure payments. If we were to eliminate the written licensure requirement and would allow the online primary source verification, it could save the goverment hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. The savings would be for not having to pay the written licensure fees and for the elimination of the paper printing and mailing costs.
Idea No. 212