Consistent Screening of Both Permanent and Temporary Healthcare Staff

PreCheck's Compliance Director, Vu Do, recently wrote an article that was published in the January 2013 issue of Compliance Today, the Health Care Compliance Association's publication only available to its members. If you are not an HCCA member, you may access the full-length article here.

The Fundamentals of a Social Trace

You've heard the term and you suspect you know what it is, but what exactly is a social trace, and why is it important?

Background Report Basics

The social trace is a fundamental tool and part of most employment background checks. Let's first understand the standard components of a background check to better grasp the function of the social trace.

Typically, an employment background check consists of conducting some or all of the following searches:

Immunization Tracking and Why It Is Important

Checking for criminal records on potential employees and students entering medical facilities is a definite must have for patient safety. What about their immunization records? Immunization tracking plays a very key role in ensuring that employees and clinical students are protected from contracting illnesses from the patients they care for and observe. Many healthcare workers are at risk for exposure to and possible transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases.

How Your Authorization and Release Form Can Make a Big Difference

As a reputable employer yourself, it probably comes as no surprise that the majority of employers and educational institutions that we contact for verifying applicant history or credentials require that we provide them with an authorization (release) form signed by the applicant before they will provide any information. As people continue to become even more concerned with sensitivity of personal information and maintaining secure data, we are seeing an increasing trend in such requirements.

The Optimal Time To Submit Your Background Check Order

Ever wonder if there's a best time for submitting your background check order@f6 PreCheck recommends a general rule of thumb—the earlier in the day you can send in your request, the better. We don't publish a hard and fast cut-off time because we know that volumes and hiring practices can fluctuate, but we suggest sending in orders during the first half of your day.

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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