Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

AAHSA Urges Background Checks for Nursing Home Employees. (Recent Health Care Developments)

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

AAHSA Urges Background Checks for Nursing Home Employees. (Recent Health Care Developments)

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The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) recently urged the development of a national system enabling nursing facilities to do quick and accurate checks to see whether employees have a record of criminal offenses that would make them unsuitable to care for frail elderly residents. AAHSA supports a Federal background check requirement as long as fees are reasonable and reimbursed; all health care providers are subject to the background check requirement; and health care providers are able to obtain results of the check on a timely basis.

AAHSA has endorsed the Patient Abuse Prevention Act introduced by Senator Herbert Kohl (D-Wisc). The legislation incorporates a number of AAHSA's recommendations for a criminal background system: allowing provisional employment of an individual, with supervision, while the background check is being processed; limiting to actual costs the fees that agencies may charge; providing for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement of the costs of doing background checks; and directing HHS to consult with providers, unions, and consumers as to what offenses will bar someone from working in LTC. …

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