Research Suggests State Medical Boards Fail to Properly Discipline Bad Doctors

One common misconception among medical staff services departments is the assumption that the state medical license boards proactively discipline physicians with a history of misconduct. After all, don’t most boards require criminal background checks before granting licensure? While this is certainly a valid point, various studies have recently indicated that medical license boards are not very efficient in taking action against physicians with misconduct.

What Records Will Show Up On My Background Check?

From time to time, we receive inquiries from students, applicants, and the subjects of background checks about the type of criminal history information that will likely appear on their background screening reports. We thought we'd take this opportunity to address this question with a broader audience.

Of the roughly 317 million people living in the United States today, about 12.4 million are arrested every year (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2011). That’s equivalent to almost the entire population of the state of Pennsylvania.

Why Use an NAPBS Accredited Firm as a Background Screening Provider?

What’s all that ruckus you ask, well PreCheck’s been celebrating.

FCRA Compliance: What Employers Need to Know Before Running Background Checks

As an employer relying on a third party to run background checks on job candidates or existing employees, you must follow the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Your responsibilities are detailed in the document entitled “Notice to Users of Consumer Reports: Obligations of Users under the FCRA.” Below is a breakdown of your essential duties under the Act. If you have any questions, consult qualified counsel.

Investigating Further

Typically, my blogs are devoted to discussing compliance topics, covering emerging regulations, or highlighting best practices. But today, I’d like to share with our readers some of the true thrills of our job. At PreCheck, we identify ourselves as a “background investigations and credentialing firm.” Our tag line is “investigate further.” All of our employees are licensed private investigators. Hopefully you’ve identified the common denominator.

Hospitals May Be Running the Right Kinds of Employment Background Checks, but What About the Staffing Firms They Use?

The recent case of David Kwiatkowski, the traveling radiologic technologist who exposed countless patients to Hepatitis C, shines a spotlight on healthcare employment screening practices in general and those of healthcare staffing firms in particular.  Kwiatkowski allegedly stole Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate used as a post-surgery anesthetic, and replaced the syringes with saline where those needles were then used on patients, infecting them with Hepatitis C.  Working for numerous healthcare staffing companies, this serial infector moved from state to state, harming innocent patien

Background Checks, Now More Important Than Ever

Did you know that as of February 2012, 8.3% of the population was unemployed according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics? This has created what is known as an "employers market" where there are far more applicants to choose from to fill empty job positions.

Do Fair Hiring Practices Mean Something Different to Healthcare Employers?

A nurse with a drug addiction was charged with stealing Propofol from the hospital where she worked. Personally identifiable information was stolen and sold by a hospital employee with access to patient files. At the hospital where he was employed, a patient escort sexually assaulted a patient in his care.

These crimes didn't happen at the same hospital, but these are actual cases where those healthcare employers were then asked 1) what they knew about each employee's criminal history 2) when they knew it and 3) what they chose to do with that information.

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