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HireRight’s 2014 Health Care Report Reveals Slower Job Growth and Employers’ Common Screening Program Gaps
|By Business Wire
|June 27, 2014 11:12 AM EDT
Health care hiring is expected to increase this year, but at a slower
pace than last year, according to HireRight’s
Health Care Spotlight, a subset of its annual Employment Screening
HireRight, a leading provider of global background checks, drug and
health testing, and electronic Form I-9/E-Verify solutions, today
announced the release of the 2014 Health Care Spotlight, which
identifies screening practices, major trends in employment background
checks, and common gaps in the screening programs of health care
The report indicates a slower job growth rate is anticipated in 2014
even though increased hiring will continue. While almost two-thirds of
health care organizations (67%) reported they expect to hire and
increase the size of their workforce this year, this is down seven
percent from the 2013 report, reflecting a decreased rate of hiring.
“Patient care is the top priority for health care organizations,
therefore hiring the highest quality, most reliable professionals is
critical. Employment screening, professional license verifications, and
federal and state sanctions checks are important steps to help improve
security, provide exceptional care, ensure compliance with laws and
regulations, and mitigate liability risks,” said Chuck Hammel, director,
account management and health care solutions lead at HireRight. “These
priorities are reflected in the top benefits reported by respondents –
better quality of hire, improved regulatory compliance, more consistent
safety and security, better company reputation, and greater employee
The Health Care Spotlight also reveals several common screening program
gaps that many health care employers may face.
Meeting only minimum medical sanctions checks: A
significant compliance gap may occur when medical sanction checks are
not performed frequently enough. Less than one-third of respondents
(30%) checked lists monthly, 25% screened lists once a year, 12%
checked quarterly, 4% checked less than once a year and 30% screened
at other intervals. Some states are requiring more frequent sanction
screening. For example, the New York State Office of the Medicaid
Inspector General has provided updates and guidance to organizations
to run monthly sanction checks on existing staff. Ongoing monitoring
helps ensure organizations are notified when an individual appears on
a sanction list and that they are in compliance with potential changes
in the required frequency of checks.
Not conducting recurring screening: Less than one-third
of respondents (31%) reported re-screening employees with no status
change and 39% re-screen employees only when they’ve had a status
change. This indicates the majority of respondents are not
re-screening employees at all. This gap poses the danger of missing
significant changes to criminal status, sanctions status, or other
issues that may arise during an individual’s employment.
Neglecting drug testing: Although screening to verify
licenses is required in the health care industry, drug and alcohol
testing isn’t generally required by law, although some states are
introducing legislation to try to change this. In fact, only 54% of
respondents conduct drug and alcohol testing. As a result, nearly half
of respondents may leave themselves vulnerable to increased employee
absenteeism, lost productivity, and above all, risk to patients and
the potential liability related to drug-related damages.
Forgetting to screen the non-employee workforce: Most
respondents (59%) do not screen the non-employee extended workforce,
including contingent or temporary workers, volunteers, and vendor
representatives. A HireRight study found that extended workforce
applicants were 94% more likely to have a felony record than
permanent-hire applicants and approximately 50% more likely to have a
misdemeanor record or drug history1. A best practice for
health care providers is to ensure appropriate screening of
non-employee workers as well as employees.
Overlooking global screening: Today’s health care
employment market is afflicted by a shortage of skilled staff and an
intense competition for talent. It’s common for organizations to
recruit applicants who have lived, been educated, and worked globally.
However, only 6% of respondents indicated their organization conducts
global checks to verify candidates have the foreign education and
experience they claim and that they don’t have any criminal history
from other countries that would cause a security and liability risk.
In addition to these common pitfalls, the Health Care Spotlight explores
many other issues, including the use of social media in recruiting and
screening in the medical sector, common screening challenges, how
screening is integrated into talent management systems, and the
frequency and process through which screening programs are reviewed and
Health Care Spotlight
The Health Care Spotlight is a subset of data collected from the 2014
HireRight Employment Screening Benchmark Report, an extensive survey of
talent management, human resources, and security professionals on topics
related to employment screening. The Spotlight asked specific questions
of the survey respondents that identified themselves as part of the
health care industry. The complete report is available here.
HireRight Health Care Background Checks
HireRight serves more than 2,000 health care organizations with more
than one million annual screens. Available screening services and
cost-effective packages help facilitate organizational and regulatory
compliance, and exclusive communication tools improve applicant
satisfaction. Our expertise in integrating screening solutions with
application tracking systems (ATS) delivers unmatched efficiency. For
more information, go to www.hireright.com/healthcare.
is a leading provider of on-demand employment background checks, drug
and health screening and electronic Form I-9 and E-Verify solutions that
help employers automate, manage and control background screening and
related programs. Many companies, including more than one-third of the
Fortune 500, trust HireRight because the company delivers
customer-focused solutions that provide greater efficiency and faster
results. HireRight also provides pre-integrated background screening
services through applicant tracking systems from top providers such as
Oracle, Taleo, Kenexa, SAP, PeopleAdmin, HealthcareSource, HRsmart, and
SilkRoad. For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.hireright.com.
HireRight is a registered trademark of HireRight, Inc.
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