Many companies conduct background checks on job applicants before making offers of employment. The Federal Trade Commission enforces the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the federal law that governs employment-related background checks. The law explains what information can be obtained, how it can be used, and what protections job applicants have. An employer may ask for…

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health has created a comprehensive program to check the backgrounds of employees at long-term care facilities. The new program is intended to better protect elderly and disabled residents by helping providers identify applicants with criminal convictions or histories of patient abuse or neglect. It applies to nursing homes, residential care…

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There is hope that a new law in one state will help protect seniors from the unregulated areas of the home health care industry. The new law in Arizona requires non-medical in-home caregiver agencies to disclose information to consumers about background checks, training, cost of service and hiring and firing policies. This supply of information…

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Beginning August 1st, any provider considered high risk for defrauding state Medicaid programs will be forced to undergo a criminal background check. The background check must include fingerprinting. The background checks will need to be completed by June 1st, 2016. There will other changes as well. By March 2016, all of a state’s Medicaid and…

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There is a real need for thoroughness when conducting background checks within the healthcare industry. Due diligence is needed to protect the safety and privacy of patients, as well as members of a medical staff. Every so often, we will see an item in the news that highlights the importance of background checks in healthcare.…

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There are many elements and factors that make up a thorough background check and pre-employment screening. Thoroughness is certainly important to the background check process in the health care industry. This is why it is crucial to understand Healthcare Adverse Actions Sanctions. These sanctions are often to find out if a person has been excluded…

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Background checks are crucial in almost all industries. When background checks are done incorrectly, or alleged to have been done incorrectly, is when legal action can take place. Earlier this month, a federal lawsuit was filed that claimed one of the largest nursing home chains in the nation is using background checks on potential employees…

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