Background Check

Catching nurse impostors — if you can

Catching nurse impostors — if you can

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If you've ever seen the movie "Catch Me If You Can," you've probably wondered how in the world the protagonist could get away with his scheme of working jobs he had no qualifications for for so long. You might have also asked yourself that when reading the top story of our Daily Update on Monday morning.

State News

State News

NEW JERSEY - Untold amounts of money have been pilfered from nursing home residents' funds by those entrusted to protect them, and little government oversight exists to prevent it. This is one reason the state decided to intervene under a new law requiring the New Jersey Health Commissioner to routinely audit residents' accounts, officials said.

Man used false identity to work at nursing home for 6 years, authorities charge

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A man used a false identity to gain employment at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility where he worked for six years, authorities in Tennessee have charged.

Assisted living community employee drew gun on coworkers in post-termination rage, prosecutors say

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Prosecutors say that Jeffrey Lamont Reid, 23, shoved his supervisor into a wall when in her office to sign his termination papers, according to local reports. He then tried to attack another woman in the office, threw a bottle of hand sanitizer, pushed over a desk and threw a computer on the floor, an affidavit reportedly states.

CMS issues first round of grants for nursing home background checks

Six states are set to share in $14 million in grants for creating comprehensive, streamlined background check systems for long-term care employees.

Cash-strapped Indiana nixes nurse background check program

Indiana cannot afford its $1 million share of a federal nurse background check initiative. It therefore will not participate in the program, the state said Monday.

Funding available for nursing home employee background check systems

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Thursday began accepting grant applications from states to establish systems for background checks for potential long-term care employees.

New, tougher regulations for Illinois nursing homes pass the state House, but funding remains an issue

Nursing homes in Illinois are facing new higher standards after a unanimous vote in the state's House—118-0—to pass a major overhaul of the long-term care system. A similar vote is expected in the Illinois Senate, according to local reports.

Database of caregivers to be available March 1, but it is incomplete, news investigation finds

Database of caregivers to be available March 1, but it is incomplete, news investigation finds

After 22 years of delays, a federal database of potentially dangerous caregivers will be made available to healthcare providers on March 1. But a news report finds that thousands of disciplinary records are missing from it.

House sets healthcare vote for Saturday; AAHSA applauds inclusion of CLASS Act

House sets healthcare vote for Saturday; AAHSA applauds inclusion of CLASS Act

The U.S House of Representatives has scheduled a vote on its comprehensive healthcare reform bill for Saturday evening. As lawmakers fine-tune the legislative language, outside groups, including the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, continue to weigh in on the debate.

Identity theft, lack of regulation spur home health group to require employee background checks

Amid growing concerns over safety, the Michigan Home Health Agency is developing plans to require staff qualifications, training and criminal background checks for all home-health providers in Michigan, according to local news items.