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.

While exit interviews are conducted to understand why an employee is leaving, it’s a little too late to retain them at this stage of the process. What if there was a way you could retain your employee and avoid the exit interview altogether? That’s precisely the purpose of retention interviews, also referred to as stay interviews.

To continue celebrating Health Care HR Week, we are excited to announce the release of our latest white paper, 10 Ways to Optimize Healthcare Recruiting and Onboarding Processes. In a fast-paced industry like healthcare where the competition for top talent is intense, who doesn’t want to streamline their recruiting and onboarding processes?

Although there are currently no bylaws instating the requirement of exclusion checks, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) mandates employers to know the exclusion status of their employees and contractors during their entire lifecycle with the company. According to the OIG, there are over 66,000 healthcare providers that are currently excluded from all federal healthcare programs.

How Can Healthcare HR Prepare for the New Talent Management Model?

Talent management practices have evolved over the years, and these days, some experts are recommending a strategic, fully integrated approach to talent management that gets all human resources functions, such as talent acquisition, performance management, leadership and development, and others working together to attract and retain the best talent possible.

Healthcare Employer Outlook for 2015

In a recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder, an estimated 225,000 healthcare jobs were added at an average of 23,000 per month last year—and 2015 looks just as promising for job seekers. The U.S. workforce is projected to grow by 1.2 percent this year and 28 healthcare jobs are projected to grow at three percent or more.

3 Reasons to Conduct Post-Hire Background Checks in Healthcare

Most employers conduct background checks before hiring a new employee, but it’s a different picture for current employees. While post-hire background checks may not be the norm across industries, there are a few key reasons why a heavily regulated industry such as healthcare might choose to adopt this practice. Pre-employment background checks can mitigate risk during the hiring process, but with patient and staff safety at stake, it’s important to keep healthcare organizations safe in the long-term.

8 Ways to Get Creative With Healthcare Employee Recognition

Recognizing employees is an important part of showing them their efforts count and in building an effective team at your healthcare organization. Employee recognition can truly make a difference in motivating your staff to provide the best patient care. Here are eight ways to get creative with healthcare employee recognition.

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.

5 Strategies to Optimize the Onboarding Process with HR Technology

In the past century, technological advances have transformed the face of healthcare. Electronic health records (EHR) have enabled healthcare organizations to centralize patient-sensitive information; online portals have allowed patients to become more autonomous and be active players in their own health; and telemedicine has eliminated distance barriers and given patients with limited resources access to medical services. Despite these advancements in technology, many employers have overlooked the need to improve their onboarding system.

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