Background Screening Essential in the Healthcare Industry
All businesses face similar challenges when it comes to background screening. Challenges result from regulatory-driven requirements, compliance issues, liability mitigation… and the need to protect the organization’s image and reputation. But each industry faces its own unique challenges, particularly in the special case of the healthcare segment of the economy.
The healthcare industry is an aggregation and integration of sectors within the economic system that provides goods and services to treat patients or clients with curative, preventive, rehabilitative, and palliative care. It includes the generation and commercialization of goods and services lending themselves to maintaining and re-establishing health.
The modern healthcare industry is divided into many sectors and depends on teams of trained professionals, paraprofessionals and administrators to meet health needs of individuals, including “vulnerable populations” (minors aged 17 and under, people with disabilities, and individuals aged 60 and older). For example, even organizations treating patients for lice are considered by federal and state governments as members of the healthcare industry, since their personnel interact with clients – particularly young children.
Healthcare is an industry in which safety and trust are at stake with every hire – regardless of their level, position or responsibility. Extensive, professionally performed background screening help ensure that only the most appropriate personnel are entrusted with patient care – both directly and indirectly.
There is a developing government-sponsored drive to require healthcare workers to undergo background screening. In any event, failure to run background checks can be catastrophic. From lawsuits to reputational damage, an organization takes major risks when it opts not to run background checks on its prospective employees and volunteers, whether they be prospective or current. For current employees and volunteers, their personal situations can change at any time. In the healthcare field, the stakes are especially high.
Across the U.S., 36 states have laws requiring healthcare workers to undergo national security and criminal background checks. The remaining 14 do not as yet require, however they do encourage healthcare facilities to screen applicants prior to employment at a minimum.
In fact, federal healthcare laws require background screening in all 50 states, districts and territories. For example, Section 6201 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) sets the requirements to conduct background checks on a statewide basis, but this is not the first federal statute requiring healthcare background checks.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have been supportive of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint checks as part of the criminal background check for employment (based upon Public Law 92-544). The question is whether fingerprint results alone are adequate. Surprisingly, studies conducted by well-respected organizations have concluded that fingerprints alone only contain about 50 percent of all the crimes in the country.
Therefore to properly protect your organization, there is a need to include “best practices,” complete background checks through a reliable background screening company. Further, the firm must be a consumer reporting agency to help assure that the employer (client) also complies with the stringent requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Rudy Troisi, President & CEO
Reliable Background Screening
IFA Franchise Business Network (FBN) Mixer
Our very own Rudy Troisi will be presenting at this month’s FBN Mixer in Phoenix. This month’s theme is “Franchise Selection: Who am I getting into Business With?”
Rudy is a frequent presenter and speaker at many trade associations, seminars and events. He is often asked to speak about regulatory and other issues with background checks, and how properly-performed background screening mitigates risks, and contributes to an organization’s continued success.
If you would like Rudy to speak at your event, call us at 833-946-1989 or click on the button below.
The Sarasota Yacht Club has a long history dating back to 1907, when the club was first organized. In 1913, the club purchased land, and it quickly became the center of social life in Sarasota, Florida. Over 100 years later, the club has grown into a beautiful campus with numerous amenities, including a 110-slip marina, fitness center, multiple meeting rooms and much more. To maintain such a prodigious history, the club had to find a way to screen potential members.
Stephania Feltz, the Member Relations Director, was tasked to create a program to conduct background and credit checks for all new club member applicants. Stephania researched many companies, including ones located in Florida. Through an internet search, she discovered Reliable Background Screening and found they were honored by their local Chamber of Commerce. Based on her own experience as a member of her local Chamber’s Board of Directors, Stephania understood that Reliable is an upstanding community member.
As a client of Reliable Background Screening, Stephania found security in the fact that the company is a trustworthy, family-owned business for over 25 years. Reliable tailored their product to the specific needs of the Sarasota Yacht Club, and continues to listen to feedback. More specifically, due to their internal operations and concern for confidentiality and privacy, Reliable customized a digital background check submission process for their members, and also how their reports display to suppress certain information.
Stephania highly recommends Reliable “because of their exceptional customer service”. She added, “they are committed to meeting their client’s needs in a tailored, personal manner. Staff are always responsive and convey a strong sense of authentically caring about their customers.” Stephania has successfully developed a program that was ideal for the Sarasota Yacht Club to screen members and uphold their century long history as a prestigious organization.
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