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.

3 Background Check Compliance Best Practices for 2016

Employers and human resources leaders have seen several changes to their background check process and policies in the last few years. Today, the increasing number of class-action lawsuits and ever-present threat of data breaches have prompted employers to review their current screening practices and apply proper safeguards to protect patients and their sensitive healthcare information.

6 Misconceptions About the FBI Fingerprint Background Check

In theory, it would make logical sense that a background check based on biometrics such as fingerprints would result in a highly accurate investigation. Background screening experts agree, however, that the FBI fingerprint background check should never be considered a “gold standard” in employment screening. If your healthcare organization currently conducts fingerprint background checks, you’re likely doing so because of a legal requirement. But there’s quite a bit of confusion around and strong misconceptions about the quality of fingerprint based checks.

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.

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