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.
A Few Points Regarding Temporary Health Care Staff
- Understand that a health care employer can be liable for crimes committed by a temporary worker.
- Limit risk by requiring thorough screening of temporary staff.
- Increase risk protection by detailing specific background check requirements in a contractual agreement.
- Screening staffing firm employees and direct applicant/employees in a consistent manner.
- Comply with applicable federal and state laws when using consumer reports and background checks.
From the Article:
Hiring involves risk, but employers should understand that the exposure to risk applies even when they don't do the actual hiring. Based on the criminal or negligent actions of their temporary staff (who are technically employees of the staffing agency), employers still face considerable risk. A standard practice to mitigate risk in hiring is to conduct pre-employment background screening. Performing this due diligence gives the employer greater assurances about the candidate's qualifications and actual experience, and provides insight into any criminal history that an employer would deem inappropriate for a position. But what happens when that screening fails to raise red flags?
The recent case of David Kwiatkowski, the traveling radiologic technologist who exposed countless patients to hepatitis C, shines a spotlight on the screening practices of health care employers in general and those of health care staffing firms in particular. Kwiatkowski allegedly stole Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic narcotic used as a post-surgery anesthetic, and then used the syringes to inject himself. He replaced the syringes filled with saline, and those needles were then unknowingly used on patients, infecting them with hepatitis C...
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