ESR Screened Caregiver Website Offers Background Check Services for Household Employers of Caregivers

To assist household employers in their search for qualified caregivers, Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check company accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has launched a new website – ESR Screened Caregiver (http://www.screenedcaregiver.com/) – where household employers may screen caregivers to ensure the safety of families and loved ones…

Employment Screening Resources Releases Background Check Toolkit for Nursing Homes and Home Health Care

In response to a government investigation that revealed more than nine out of ten nursing homes hired criminals, San Francisco, California-area Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a background screening company accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – has released background check toolkit for nursing homes and home health care to help…

Provider Fined $376,000 in Case Showing Need for Extensive Nursing Home Employee Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor An Indiana provider has been hit with $376,000 in penalties – which Indiana officials call one of the biggest fines of its kind – for employing several individuals at nursing homes who either had been convicted of criminal offenses or stripped of their licenses. According to a news report, the…

Pre-Employment Background Screening at Missouri Hospital To Include Drug Test for Nicotine

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor A hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri will no longer hire smokers who fail a drug test for nicotine as part of a pre-employment background screening program beginning January 1, 2011, according to a story in the Southeast Missourian newspaper. The new tobacco-free hiring policy – which…

Emergency Department Violence Surveillance Study Finds Over Half of Emergency Nurses Surveyed Experienced Incidents of Workplace Violence

According to a press release from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), a recently released study  revealed that more than half of the nurses surveyed by ENA – a mean of 54.8 percent – reported experiencing either physical or verbal abuse at work in the past seven days, which means that every week in the U.S., between…

New Security Survey Finds Nearly One-Third of Healthcare Organizations Had At Least One Known Case of Medical Identity Theft

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A new survey released in November on security at healthcare organizations has revealed that nearly one-third of respondents said their healthcare organization had at least one known case of medical identity theft, and that some cases the medical identity theft may never be reported. According to the 3rd Annual…

Connecticut Receiving $2 Million in Federal Funds for Caregiver Background Checks to Protect Elderly and Disabled

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has announced that the state is receiving a $2 million federal health care grant to design a comprehensive caregiver background check program for employees of nursing homes and other long-term care agencies to further strengthen protections for elderly and disabled residents. According to a…