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Feds: 92% of Nursing Homes Staffed By Criminals

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 3, 2011

Here are some other statistics from the report:

• 44% of employees with convictions were convicted of crimes against property, such as burglary, shoplifting or writing bad checks, the most common category of crime among these nursing home staff.

• The number of individuals with at least one criminal conviction employed by these nursing facilities ranged from one to 66.

• Most of the convictions occurred prior to the employees' first date of their current employment.

• These employees were hired despite the fact that most nursing facilities reported conducting some type of background check, and some states require it.

• Hospice and other types of long-term care settings were not included, nor were contract employees.

• The offenses included crimes against persons, such as assault, battery, murder, rape and robbery; crimes against property such as burglary, larceny, possession of stolen property, shoplifting, theft, vandalism and writing bad checks; driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; other driving related crimes such as leaving the scene of an accident or transporting an open container of alcohol in a vehicle; drug-related crimes such as possession or sale of controlled substances and disorderly conduct, prostitution, resisting arrest or weapons violations. Sex offender registries were also included in the search.

• The OIG characterized its estimate as "conservative" because it did not include criminal convictions if the agency could not conclusively identify the individual, that is if the identifiers were similar but did not exactly match.

The report says that 10 states require FBI and statewide background checks but 33 only require statewide checks and eight – Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming don't require any checks.

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2 comments on "Feds: 92% of Nursing Homes Staffed By Criminals"


Doug Campbell (3/9/2011 at 8:41 AM)
If we really want a good picture of what is actually going on lets look at all aspects of the Healthcare continuim. Long Term Care has more [INVALID]nt guidelines than any other. Why wasn't the study done in states where they require background checks as well as fingerprinting? This is a very biased and pointed article. Lets remove the veil off the Acute care facilities and see what is going on there for once.

Peg Martin (3/8/2011 at 6:52 PM)
The sample used in the article on employees with criminal convictions involved .0165% of nursing homes. (Percentage calculated using statistics cited in the article) Yes, of course, this is an issue to be concerned about, but is it a "real" issue when one looks at the entire nursing home industry? This seems a rather incendiary use of very limited data.