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.

FCRA Compliance and the Genesis Healthcare Case

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law that regulates the collection dissemination, and use of consumer information, including background checks and credit reporting. Over the past year, there has been a “swelling tide” of FCRA litigation against employers for improper use of background checks. Earlier this month, Genesis Healthcare, one of the largest nursing home chains in America, was sued for using background checks in a way that violates the FCRA.

FBI Background Checks: Not a Gold Standard

At first glance, it’s easy to see how FBI background checks could be beneficial in employment background screening. A federal database with fingerprint records might seem like a highly accurate criminal search, but there are many flaws with this type of background check. In fact, I wrote an article in July 2014 explaining why FBI background checks are not enough for healthcare employers.

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.

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.

Contingent Workforce Background Check Best Practices for Healthcare Employers

According to a January 2014 article by Staffing Industry Analysts, a global advisor on contingent workforces, the percent of total U.S.

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.

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