HCPro and Kroll Launch Physician Screening Services, Worldwide Background Investigations of Physicians and Allied Health Professionals

Press Releases, November 10, 2003

November 11, 2003-Marblehead, MA-HCPro, the premier trainer and publisher of credentialing, regulatory, and management information for health care professionals, and Kroll, Inc.'s, Background Screening Group, a leading provider of domestic and international background investigations, have relaunched their background investigation service, HPCheck, under a new name: Physician Screening Services www.physicianscreening.com.

By leveraging HCPro's unparalleled knowledge of credentialing best practices and Kroll's global investigative network of investigators, Physician Screening Services helps hospitals, health systems, nursing homes, ambulatory facilities, and other health care organizations protect patients and reduce liability risks by conducting the most thorough national and international physician background investigations available.

"With malpractice premiums and negligent credentialing lawsuits on the rise, health care organizations must protect themselves and their patients from potentially dangerous or incompetent physicians," said Hugh Greeley, Founder of The Greeley Company, HCPro's consulting division and the nation's foremost expert on physician credentialing. "If a physician falsifies his or her application by either omitting or misrepresenting past events, a hospital's credentials program should be able to identify these omissions. Today, many credentials programs are not rigorous enough."

Unlike other background investigation services that limit searches to unreliable or incomplete online databases, Physician Screening Services sends researchers into the field to physically search courthouse records and other primary sources-helping to ensure that clients have the information that they need to make good decisions about physician appointment and reappointment. And Physician Screening Services delivers results quickly, generally within 3 to 5 business days.

"Hospital officials often know less about the physicians they appoint to the medical staff than about anyone else who's working in their facility, and that's risky," said Raymond Jacobs, Vice President of Kroll's Background Screening Group. &qupt;Physician Screening Services helps them to ensure that their credentialing decisions are as informed as their hiring decisions."

Physician Screening Services' many investigations include:

  • Sexual Abuse Registry Search
  • Fraud and Abuse Search-Medicare/Medicaid Exclusions, Debarments, Sanctions, and Disciplinary Actions from Over 800 Sources
  • Criminal Record Searches (County/State/Federal)
  • Social Security Number Verification
  • Identity Verifications and Address Histories
  • Motor Vehicle Reports
  • Consumer Credit Reports
  • Civil and Bankruptcy Records
  • Liens and Judgments
  • Media Searches
  • Military History Verification
  • International Background Investigations

Physician Screening Services is backed by a leading industry errors-and-omissions insurance policy, which offers clients contractual indemnification. Physician Screening Services also provides customers with user-friendly reports, legally compliant forms, recommended policies and procedures, a compliance manual, a research and resource guide, and industry-leading customer service.

For more information on Physician Screening Services and to get the free 24-page special report, "Reduce Risk and Improve Patient Safety: The Case for Physician Criminal Background Investigations," go to http://www.physicianscreening.com. For pricing information or more details about the services, call toll-free at 1 (800) 697-7189, ext. 1021. Or e-mail physicianscreening@krollworldwide.com.

HCPro, Inc.
HCPro has been training credentialing and medical staff professionals since 1986 through its many seminars, consulting services, publications, audioconferences, videos, and online learning courses.

Hugh Greeley, an expert on medical staff issues and the founder of HCPro's consulting division, The Greeley Company, spearheaded the development of Physician Screening Services. Greeley has been a faculty member in more than 2,500 seminars on the subjects of credentialing, medical staff organization, quality improvement, trustee responsibility, antitrust, accreditation, and other related subjects.

Kroll, Inc.
Kroll, Inc. (NASDAQ: KROL), the world's leading independent risk consulting company, provides a broad range of investigative, intelligence, financial, security, and technology services to help clients reduce risks, solve problems, and capitalize on opportunities. Headquartered in New York with more than 60 offices on six continents, Kroll has a multidisciplinary corps of more than 2,300 employees and serves a global clientele of law firms, financial institutions, corporations, nonprofit institutions, government agencies, and individuals. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Kroll's Background Screening Group provides employee and vendor background investigations, credit screening, substance abuse testing, disability claims integrity programs, and identity theft solutions. For more information, visit http://www.krollworldwide.com.