PreCheck’s  Top 10 Healthcare & Compliance Blog Posts of 2014

2014 was phenomenal year for the PreCheck Blog. Not only did we double the amount of articles featuring healthcare experts and best practices, but the PreCheck Blog also won multiple prestigious awards, including being recognized as “Best Blog Website” by the Web Marketing Association. As we look forward to another great year of best practices for healthcare compliance, HR, and medical staff services teams, here’s a look back at the top ten most-read PreCheck Blog posts from 2014.

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.

Home Healthcare Background Checks: 3 Things Employers Should Know

There’s been no shortage of stories regarding home healthcare background screening practices in recent years. In fact, here are three noteworthy developments from 2014 alone. As we approach 2015, now may be an opportune time to review your organization’s background screening policies.

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.

The OIG 2015 Work Plan: 4 Background Check Implications for Healthcare Organizations

It’s that time of the year again and I don’t necessarily mean it due to the upcoming holiday season. On October 31st, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its Work Plan for the fiscal year 2015, which summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities the Office of Inspector General (OIG) will pursue in the coming year and beyond. As a healthcare background screening firm, I thought I would highlight four key areas from the 2015 Work Plan that contain background check-related implications for healthcare organizations.

Physician Criminal Cases Are Underreported: Why Background Screening Is Necessary in Medical Staff Services

According to a recent July 2014 article published in The Boston Globe, Massachusetts courts routinely fail to report physicians facing criminal charges to the board that oversees physician discipline. The audit findings are extremely alarming for medical staff services departments and healthcare organizations.

Top 3 Gaps in Medical Staff Background Checks

As we’ve discussed before, a comprehensive background check can enhance a Medical Staff Services department’s credentialing process for the appointment or privileging of physicians. But what does a comprehensive physician background screening program look like? While not an exhaustive list, an effective physician screening program should address the following three gaps in medical staff background checks.

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.

Top 5 Benefits of Using Online Release Forms for Employment Background Checks

An authorization and disclosure form, also referred to as a “release form”, is a required document for any facility requesting to have a background check performed for employment purposes.  This applies to potential new hires, students, volunteers, internal transfers, or existing employees.  This is typically a hard copy form that the employee signs and submits to the employer before any investigations can be conducted in accordance with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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