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Feds: 92% of Nursing Homes Staffed By Criminals

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 3, 2011

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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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.