Nursing Homes and Trust Funds: Are Background Checks Necessary?

Are nursing homes a target for criminals? Unfortunately, that’s what it seems. An investigation published last year by USA TODAY yields alarming results; thousands of nursing home residents have had their savings stolen from their trust accounts by business managers, bookkeepers and other staff working at the facility. Considering long-term care providers are trusted to provide a safe environment for our elderly family and friends, how is this possible?

Medical Staff Background Screening and the Rise in Physician Arrests

Running background checks on physicians can complement the medical staff services credentialing process, but it never ceases to surprise us when some healthcare organizations share they currently are not conducting background checks on physicians.

Why Background Checks are Necessary for Home Healthcare Workers

Last week we discussed some of the challenges and concerns facing nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities regarding quality of care and patient safety. According to a USA Today article from December 2013, several states are considering bills aimed at increasing oversight and requirements for the home healthcare workforce.

How Physician Background Screening and Credentialing Work Together in Medical Staff Services

As Product Manager for PreCheck’s healthcare license management system, LicenseManager Pro, I’ve taken the National Association Medical Staff Services’ (NAMSS) Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) training course and am familiar with some of the challenges facing medical staff services managers. While the goals may be quite similar, these are some notable differences between background screening and the credentialing process for medical staff services.

West Virginia Calls for Student Background Checks

It’s been a few months since I’ve covered the topic of student background checks, when Governor Rick Perry granted schools in Texas authorization to run background checks on students planning to live on campus. With the unfortunate frequency of violent incidents at schools, it makes sense why some states are looking to background screening as means of safeguarding students, faculty and staff.

Criminal Searches Uncovered, Part 2: Is Your Current Criminal Background Check Process Enough to Protect You Long-Term?

In the previous installment of Criminal Searches Uncovered we discussed what can be referred to as Criminal Searches 101, or Basics.  We shared the different types of searches that exist, various methods used to perform searches, and that age-old and ever-important topic, how long do searches take to complete.  For today’s edition, however, we aim to take a deeper dive, going to a dark and scary place for some, although we’re well past Halloween, aren’t we? 

[Webinar] Starting the Year Off Right: 5 Essentials for Your HR Background Screening Checklist

On February 4, 2014, PreCheck hosted a webinar presented by Vice President of Compliance, Vu Do, covering 5 background screening best practices for HR. Background screening practices have been placed under increased scrutiny from regulators and it's imperative that healthcare employers have a proactive process in place to mitigate risk and avoid monetary panelaties. This info-packed session can help HR objectively establish or modify employment screening programs to meet industry guidleines. 

Topics Covered in February's Background Check Webinar:

Affordable Care Act Patient Navigators: Why Background Checks are Critical

When it comes to background checks, the State of Texas has been active.

The OIG Calls for Mandatory Background Screening of Child Care Providers

In November 2013, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report that showed deficiencies in the screening of licensed child care providers. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) administers the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), which provides financial assistance for child care each month. In accordance with federal regulations, States must certify that they have in effect, under State or local law, requirements designed to protect the health and safety of children receiving CCDF subsidies and to monitor these requirements.

The Impact of the Government Shutdown on Background Screening

As you may be aware, Congress was unable to reach an agreement on the spending bill, resulting in the government shutting down October 1, 2013 at midnight. As a result, some government services that employers rely on for their pre-employment screening and hiring processes will not be available. This may impact the timeliness and completeness of certain background screening components. It remains to be seen how long the shutdown will continue and what the wider impact will be, but the following are a few points to keep in mind.

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