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Exposed: The Gaps in Home Healthcare Background Checks

Though important, gaps in the background check process for home healthcare providers can compromise the quality of care provided. The reasons for these gaps include a limited scope, inadequate screening, bad information, loopholes, privacy laws, and a lack of immediate action. Some states are working to take steps to address the problems, but at the […]

VA Hired Nearly 2,000 Health Care Workers with Felony Drug Convictions After ‘Deficient’ Background Checks

Several investigations by the Inspector General’s Office for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Government Accountability Office found that applicants with criminal drug histories were able to gain jobs as healthcare workers with the Veterans Health Administration. It was discovered that mandated background checks prior to employment often were incomplete, conducted incorrectly, or in […]

LMH Health Issues Statement Following Internal Review of Hiring Processes

The Lawrence Memorial Hospital began an internal review of its hiring process after it was discovered its Chief Financial Officer had legally changed his name and was convicted of past felonies under his given name. The findings of the review, which was intended to “identify gaps that allowed the fraudulent information to escape identification” was […]

Healthcare Perspectives: Improving Screening Turnaround Times

Healthcare facilities are facing challenging times rebuilding the workforce in terms of managing a candidate’s health history, various forms of documentation, scheduling testing, and receiving results from multiple sources. One of the biggest challenges involves extended result turnaround times, but there are several important steps employers can take to speed up TATs for background screening […]

Healthcare Industry Background Checks: A Complete Guide

All healthcare facilities should consider several factors when it comes to background checks before hiring a candidate. These include identity verification, education verification, drug and health checks, and criminal background checks. Failing to do so could lead to cases of negligence that put patients’ lives at risk, reduced quality of care for patients, and risks […]

Bad Actors Round Up (November)

A few recent healthcare fraudsters and compliance busters in various sectors have been rounded up. Under Pharma Fraud, a physician representing Avanir received more than $300,000 in kickbacks for writing more than 10,000 prescriptions for the drug Nuedexta and another $1,500 per each presentation, In the Fraudulent Billing Schemes category, a psychiatrist was caught improperly […]

Five Red Flags to Spot During the Healthcare Hiring Process

The labor shortage in the healthcare industry has led to quicker hiring times but hiring managers must still be cautious when screening candidates, hiring only those without problematic histories. A few red flags to watch for include gaps in employment, a one-size-fits-all resume, general unprofessionalism, overqualification and candidates who speak poorly about past employers.


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VerifyStudents and Medicat: Your Tool for Managing Student Compliance with Immunization Requirements

VerifyStudents and Medicat have merged to provide an integrated solution for collecting and verifying student health immunization data. Challenges addressed include compliance with health information privacy requirements, a lack of tools to provide insight about student compliance metrics in real-time, errors and consistencies caused by using spreadsheets or paper tracking, and limited staff to verify […]

Keys to Managing Risk with Free Clinic Healthcare Volunteers

There are several challenges that face free clinics when recruiting volunteers. With such a big demand for volunteers, it can be tempting to forego a proper background check process, verification of credentials, and license status, but doing so can present major risks to the vulnerable individuals being served. Upholding the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) model […]

Lots of Home Health Agencies Claim to Only Hire the Best. A New Employer Rating Tool Lets Insurers See for Themselves

The World Health Organization released data in 2018 that revealed one in six people age 60 years and older experienced some form of abuse in nursing homes and long-term care (LTC) facilities. Flaws in traditional screening assessments could be to blame, which are limited to the minimum background check requirements set by the state. In […]


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