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.

The Dangers of Not Running Comprehensive Background Checks on Physicians

Recently, we’ve seen the topic of random drug testing in healthcare gain momentum in the prevalence of prescription drug abuse. In Maryland, however, it looks like legislators are calling for background checks on physicians after a recent doctor’s sex assault case.

How Often Are Hospitals Required to Run Background Checks on Employees?

Background checks are a fundamental practice for hospitals to ensure safety amongst patients and staff alike. A highly regulated industry like healthcare is urged to apply more stringent policies due to the fact that lives are at risk every day and patient-sensitive information can be easily accessed.

Top 5 Reasons Why Employers Shouldn’t Rely on FBI Fingerprint Background Checks

FBI fingerprint background checks have gained popularity. When it comes to state legislation regarding background screening requirements for healthcare organizations like home health agencies, for example, FBI background checks are one of the most commonly required types of searches. If legislators are consistently requiring them, they must be a comprehensive background check, right?

Home Healthcare Worker Background Check State Requirements

The topic of background checks on home healthcare workers has received significant attention from the media recently. By now, you’ve probably heard the stories of home healthcare workers who’ve taken advantage of vulnerable elderly patients. In the 2014 OIG Work Plan released in February, the agency declared it would focus on the adverse events occurring in home health facilities across the country.

Nursing Homes and Trust Funds: Are Background Checks Necessary?

Are nursing homes a target for criminals? Unfortunately, that’s what it seems. An investigation published last year by USA TODAY yields alarming results; thousands of nursing home residents have had their savings stolen from their trust accounts by business managers, bookkeepers and other staff working at the facility. Considering long-term care providers are trusted to provide a safe environment for our elderly family and friends, how is this possible?

Medical Staff Background Screening and the Rise in Physician Arrests

Running background checks on physicians can complement the medical staff services credentialing process, but it never ceases to surprise us when some healthcare organizations share they currently are not conducting background checks on physicians.

Corporate Negligence and Medical Malpractice Considerations for Medical Staff Services

Medical malpractice lawsuits can be a nightmare, but fortunately, there are ways to mitigate the risk your organization may experience, says attorney Joshua McCaig of Polsinelli LLC who spoke about corporate negligence and medical malpractice at the 2013 National Association Medical Staff Services Conference. We connected with him recently to talk about mitigating risk and how medical staff services departments can help protect their organizations. In this article, Mr.

Why Background Checks are Necessary for Home Healthcare Workers

Last week we discussed some of the challenges and concerns facing nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities regarding quality of care and patient safety. According to a USA Today article from December 2013, several states are considering bills aimed at increasing oversight and requirements for the home healthcare workforce.

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