Feds: 92% of Nursing Homes Staffed By Criminals
The criminal check landscape has been altered, however, by the passage of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010. It requires the Department of Health & Human Services to carry out a nationwide program to conduct national and statewide criminal background checks for direct patient access employees of nursing facilities and other providers similar to the pilot program established by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.
The report was requested by a member of Congress.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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