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A healthcare license is a privilege and not a right. By that we mean one must earn a professional healthcare license. The individual must graduate from an accredited school/program and then pass a competency exam. Such exams are administered by and regulated by a State Licensing Board or a certifying board, recognized by the state. Upon successful completion, a license is granted to such individual. Thereafter, there are obligations and requirements in order to stay in good standing with the issuing Licensing Board. The State Licensing Board is considered a primary source ("Primary Source") and will be the single place to verify and monitor for renewal, standing and in some cases, disciplinary actions taken against the individual and/or his/her license. In order to conduct effective compliance monitoring of licenses, a monthly monitoring of the license is critical. Why Monthly?
For years the General Services Administration (GSA), is the Federal agency that issues Federal contracts. The GSA exclusion list issues contracts through a competitive bid process for companies that want to conduct business with the Federal government.
* Updated from original post on 12/17/2015 Healthcare compliance is complicated and full of regulations, guidelines, and oversight. Since federal tax dollars are used to reimburse health care providers for services, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as well as the Department of Justice (DOJ) have oversight on how those dollars are spent. The purpose of this blog post is to give a basic understanding of exclusions, industry best practices, and a brief description of the federal exclusion databases.