5 Healthcare Talent Screening Best Practices

The healthcare industry is one of the most complex and highly regulated, which means employers have a greater responsibility to ensure a safe workplace environment not just for their own staff, but also for patients. The past decade has seen advancements in technology and best practices for the industry, with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) placing greater emphasis on quality of care and patient safety. Industry regulators have provided updated guidance and newer technologies have allowed leading organizations and systems to improve the efficiency of their screening efforts.

Selecting a Background Screening Provider for Healthcare: 5 Things to Consider in Your Decision-Making Process

Selecting a background screening company for healthcare has increased significance when compared to other industries because it can have a big impact on patient safety. With the healthcare industry’s rising challenge of consumerism, an effective background screening process is critical for delivering the best patient care.

The Significance of Background Screening in Healthcare

I recently had the opportunity to speak with our partner 1st Healthcare Compliance about the work we do at PreCheck. In my interview, I discuss PreCheck’s background and how our company has evolved over time to meet the healthcare industry’s needs. Additionally, I examine key recommendations for an effective, compliant healthcare background screening program.

The following represent the key takeaways from my interview:

While most healthcare employers conduct some form of employment background checks to safeguard their patients and staff, these screenings should not be limited to the ones conducted at the time of hire. Indeed, background screening experts have identified the emergence of a new trend referred to as infinity screening. “Infinity screening is the process of conducting background checks on current employees on a periodic or ongoing basis to stay informed about life changes which could create increased risk for your organization,” W.

Moving through 2017, employers and human resources leaders can continue to expect changes to their background screening process and policies.  The new year is always an ideal time to take stock of emerging best practices and any newly passed regulations that may impact  an employer’s hiring and screening practices.

While some of these topics may not be new, PreCheck’s Vice President of Compliance Vu T. Do recommends that employers and HR leaders closely consider the following three tips:

[Infographic] PreCheck Pulse Report Reveals Latest Healthcare Employment Screening Trends

This week, we announced the results to the inaugural PreCheck Pulse Healthcare Employment Screening Trends Survey. The survey highlights how healthcare organizations handle background checks and other staff screening practices. The nationwide survey conducted online from September to December 2015, garnered responses from over 800 healthcare professionals and the results are now available as a downloadable report.

National Investigation Exposes America’s Doctor Sexual Misconduct Problem

Earlier this month, a nationwide investigation by a Georgia newspaper uncovered a serious problem that the healthcare industry is facing with disciplining doctors. Doctors are a unique case when it comes to enforcement. The nation has a shortage of physicians and they are too valuable to our country for medical boards and agencies to simply discard their license when there are offenses. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s (AJC) investigation, however, reveals that sexual misconduct among doctors in our nation is more pervasive than we thought.

What Indiana's New Background Check Law Means for Healthcare Employers

A new law has expanded the requirements for criminal history checks on employees and owners of home health care and personal services facilities in Indiana. As of July 1, 2016, employers must complete an expanded or national criminal history check on all new hires, and no employee without the check can serve patients in their residences. Owners are also subject to the criminal history check requirement and conviction for specific offenses prohibits anyone from owning a facility or providing services to a patient in his or her home.

How to Close the Background Check Loopholes for Nurses and Physicians

Most healthcare employers rely on a rigorous background check program in order to safeguard their patients and staff. Background screening is an important part of the hiring and employment qualification process, especially in a safety-sensitive industry such as healthcare. Unfortunately, there are a few background check loopholes in healthcare, particularly for nurses and physicians, which makes having a strong background screening program much more important.

Indiana Calls for Strengthening Teacher Background Checks

Background check practices in schools have received a fair amount of attention in the last few years. Indiana, for example, is among the 12 states and the District of Columbia to recently receive an F for the screening of their teachers, according to an investigation by USA Today with IndyStar.

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