Top 5 Benefits of Employment Background Checks in Healthcare

At PreCheck, we’re passionate about patient care in everything that we do as a background check services provider. While most employers see the value of background checks as a safety mechanism, I thought I would review some of the key benefits an effective background screening process can offer healthcare employers.

Home Healthcare Background Checks: 3 Things Employers Should Know

There’s been no shortage of stories regarding home healthcare background screening practices in recent years. In fact, here are three noteworthy developments from 2014 alone. As we approach 2015, now may be an opportune time to review your organization’s background screening policies.

Why is Continual Background Screening of Doctors Necessary?

I recently discussed how physician criminal cases are often underreported, so having a physician background screening policy in medical staff services can help support better patient care. This week, I would like to focus on the subject of continual or ongoing background screening. Background checks represent a snapshot in time, and what will show up five, two or even a year from now on an applicant’s criminal background history may be different.

The OIG 2015 Work Plan: 4 Background Check Implications for Healthcare Organizations

It’s that time of the year again and I don’t necessarily mean it due to the upcoming holiday season. On October 31st, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its Work Plan for the fiscal year 2015, which summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities the Office of Inspector General (OIG) will pursue in the coming year and beyond. As a healthcare background screening firm, I thought I would highlight four key areas from the 2015 Work Plan that contain background check-related implications for healthcare organizations.

Physician Criminal Cases Are Underreported: Why Background Screening Is Necessary in Medical Staff Services

According to a recent July 2014 article published in The Boston Globe, Massachusetts courts routinely fail to report physicians facing criminal charges to the board that oversees physician discipline. The audit findings are extremely alarming for medical staff services departments and healthcare organizations.

Re-Screening Current Employees to Protect Patient Care in the Long-Term

We recently discussed how often hospitals should run background checks on employees, but what about healthcare organizations in general? Even for non-hospital care organizations, patient care is still a concern. In fact, in its most recent work plan, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) stated it would continue to focus on the safety of long-term healthcare facilities in 2014 and beyond.

Top 5 Benefits of Using Online Release Forms for Employment Background Checks

An authorization and disclosure form, also referred to as a “release form”, is a required document for any facility requesting to have a background check performed for employment purposes.  This applies to potential new hires, students, volunteers, internal transfers, or existing employees.  This is typically a hard copy form that the employee signs and submits to the employer before any investigations can be conducted in accordance with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.

How Often Are Hospitals Required to Run Background Checks on Employees?

Background checks are a fundamental practice for hospitals to ensure safety amongst patients and staff alike. A highly regulated industry like healthcare is urged to apply more stringent policies due to the fact that lives are at risk every day and patient-sensitive information can be easily accessed.

Top 5 Reasons Why Employers Shouldn’t Rely on FBI Fingerprint Background Checks

FBI fingerprint background checks have gained popularity. When it comes to state legislation regarding background screening requirements for healthcare organizations like home health agencies, for example, FBI background checks are one of the most commonly required types of searches. If legislators are consistently requiring them, they must be a comprehensive background check, right?

Home Healthcare Worker Background Check State Requirements

The topic of background checks on home healthcare workers has received significant attention from the media recently. By now, you’ve probably heard the stories of home healthcare workers who’ve taken advantage of vulnerable elderly patients. In the 2014 OIG Work Plan released in February, the agency declared it would focus on the adverse events occurring in home health facilities across the country.

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