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).

The OIG Recommends Background Check Standards for Home Health Agencies

In May 2015, the U.S. Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the report, “Home Health Agencies Conducted Background Checks of Varying Types,” which contains key considerations for a sector of the healthcare industry that provides care, often unsupervised, to patients in their homes.

5 Healthcare Employment Screening Best Practices to Mitigate Risk

As we observe Healthcare Risk Management Week at PreCheck, I thought I would share five healthcare background screening tips to help your organization drive safe and trusted healthcare. As a healthcare background screening firm, protecting patient care as at the heart of our mission and the following list is by no means an exhaustive one. There are certainly more ways that you can mitigate risk through employment screening practices, but the following five best practices are a great way to start.

4 Background Check Best Practices for Healthcare HR

When it comes to employment background checks, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Most healthcare employers use background checks as part of their due diligence process to protect the safety of their patients and staff. With so much at stake, it’s important that healthcare employers have an effective and efficient background screening program. Putting together a thorough employment screening program can be challenging. My colleague Vu Do, Vice President of Compliance at PreCheck, offers the following four tips for improving your employment screening program.

How to Select a Background Check Provider for Healthcare

When considering the best background screening partner as a healthcare organization, there are several extremely important factors to consider. Comparing background screening vendors can be a difficult task, but you can remain objective by focusing on selecting competitive solutions that can help keep you compliant with current and emerging standards and regulations. This article discusses three key aspects that are critical for any background screening partner selection process.

Considerations for Creating an Ongoing Healthcare Background Check Policy

While hospitals and other healthcare organizations generally aren’t required to run time-of-hire or ongoing background checks, they often do as part of their voluntary due diligence procedures and to mitigate their liability risk. Some states do require background checks for candidates for certain healthcare positions, but organizations typically run them on all staff members.

Avoid Hiring a Doctor Like SOA's Tara Knowles: Background Screening and Patient Safety

As we observe Patient Safety Awareness Week at PreCheck, I thought I would discuss the important role that an effective background screening process plays in patient care and safety. During this time, background checks may be overlooked as a patient safety initiative, but they play a key role in safeguarding both patients and healthcare organizations from harm.

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