Staying Ahead of Doctor Background Check Loopholes

Criminal background checks can be an effective risk mitigation tool for healthcare organizations and medical staff departments in vetting the quality of physicians. Unfortunately, not all states require background checks for doctors, which can pose a safety risk for patients.

The OIG’s Interim Report on the National Background Check Program for Long-Term-Care Employees

This January, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an Interim Report on the National Background Check Program for Long-Term-Care Employees. According to the OIG, ensuring that long-term-care employees in nursing facilities, home health agencies, and hospices have undergone a minimum level of screening helps protect the safety of patients in these settings.

OIG Work Plan 2016: 3 Things Healthcare Organizations Can Expect

In case you may have missed it, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its latest Work Plan for fiscal year 2016 last week. Each year, healthcare organizations should review their compliance programs to ensure they address the regulatory agency’s latest areas of focus.

5 Key Changes Affecting Medical Staff Services in 2016 and Beyond

Medical services professionals are often seen as the “gateway” to healthcare organizations. They are key to ensuring the healthcare professionals hired and given privileges to serve organizations’ patients are fully qualified They also ensure the organization remains compliant with state and national regulations on qualifications and credentials. It’s an important role, and that won’t change as 2016 approaches, but some things will.

Here are four changes MSPs can expect to see in 2016 and beyond.

Ban the Box Background Check Movement to Go Nationwide

The “Ban the Box” background check movement has progressively become more common throughout the U.S. over the past few years, with over 100 states and cities adopting them, including major retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart.

[Webinar] What Every Employer Needs to Know About Background Checks

This month, PreCheck’s Vice President of Compliance Vu Do will be participating in our talent management software partner HRsoft’s Talent Takeaways webinar series to discuss the latest background check best practices for employers.

5 Reminders Why Background Checks are Critical in Medical Staff Credentialing

While physicians deserve the utmost respect for their important role in taking care of patients, the following recent news stories show that there’s bad doctors out there. Fortunately, there are ways healthcare organizations can minimize risk. For example, incorporating a criminal background check in a medical staff credentialing process can help hospitals safeguard both patients and staff. Cases like these are alarming reminders of why background checks are so important.

Uber’s California Background Check Lawsuit and Ensuring Public Safety

When it comes to employment background checks, employers have to comply with an assortment of regulations, including the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) as well as the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance on use of criminal records.

West Virginia Begins Background Checks for Long-Term Healthcare Workers

According to a MetroNews article earlier this month, the State Department of Health and Human Resources announced plans to require criminal background checks with long-term healthcare workers in West Virginia.

CMS Requires Physicians to Undergo Criminal Background Checks

It’s official. Beginning on August 1, 2015, providers considered at “high risk” for defrauding state Medicaid programs will undergo a criminal background check that includes fingerprinting. In a June 1, 2015 letter, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance as part of the implementation of Section 6401 of the Affordable Care Act, Provider Screening and Other Enrollment Requirements under Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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