Home Health & Hospice

New OIG report calls for more background check standards in home health

Homecare E-News, May 18, 2015

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Despite the uniquely intimate relationship between frontline staff and patients in the home health setting, there are no federal laws or regulations requiring agencies to conduct background checks on prospective or current employees, and state-level requirements vary widely—realities that have left some providers the industry susceptible to hiring employees with checkered pasts, a new report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) suggests.

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