Arkansas state licensing agency offers verification

Arkansas’s Centralized Credentials Verification Service (CCVS) was created in 1995, making Arkansas the first state in the nation to base a credentials verification service with the licensing agency. A new state law allowed the Arkansas State Medical Board to release, with a practitioner’s written authorization, credentialing information needed by credentialing/ health care organizations. The credentialing information furnished by the board to a credentialing/health care organization is to be used solely for the purpose of credentialing and the renewal of credentials.

The applicable state law was updated in 1999 to change the CCVS service from optional to mandatory. The new law mandates that health care organizations use the CCVS for credentialing. However, this mandate will not be effective until the program does the following:

• holds certification by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a certified credentials verification organization;

• demonstrates compliance with the principles for credentials verification organizations set forth by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations;

• documents compliance with the Arkansas Department of Health rules and regulations applicable to credentialing.