In July 2017, the federal OIG exclusions list contained almost 68,000 individuals and entities who are excluded from federal reimbursement for goods and services. State sanctions lists often have more - some providers on state lists are not included on the federal lists.
Pre-employment background checks are necessary for ensuring patient safety, a safe work environment for other employees in your practice, and serve as a safeguard against compliance issues (HIPAA or otherwise).
According to the FCRA, background checks are used to collect information “bearing on a consumer’s credit worthiness, credit standing, credit capacity, character, general reputation, personal characteristics, or mode of living.”
While these checks are necessary, they’re also easy to mishandle if you’re not familiar with compliance laws. Bumbled background checks can lead to financial and legal conflicts for your practice.