OIG Reports on Background Checks for Home Health Agency Employees
June 2, 2014 08:52 AM
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued the results of an evaluation it conducted on criminal background checks for employees of home health agencies (HHA). The report identifies State background check requirements for HHAs and the types of criminal convictions that, under State law or regulation, disqualify individuals for employment by HHAs.
The survey found that, of the 50 States and the District of Columbia, 41 States require HHAs to conduct background checks on prospective employees. Of the 10 States that have no background check requirement, four States reported that they have plans to implement background check requirements in the future.
Thirty-five States specify convictions that disqualify individuals from employment, and 16 States allow an individual who has been disqualified from employment to submit an application to have his/her conviction(s) waived. The OIG believes the findings my help inform the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as it administers the Nationwide Background Check Program. The report may also be useful to States that are considering establishing or enhancing background-check requirements for HHA employees.
The OIG has also conducted a second, related evaluation to (1) determine the extent to which HHAs employed individuals with criminal convictions as of January 1, 2014, and identify criminal convictions of selected employees that potentially disqualify them for HHA employment, and (2) identify the procedures that HHAs use to perform background checks on prospective and/or current employees.
The second report, entitled Home Health Agencies' Employment of Individuals With Criminal Convictions, should be released soon.
To view the full report, please click here.