Kentucky Moves Toward More Thorough Background Checks for Health Care Workers

Posted by Kristina Taylor
June 30, 2011

Kentucky Moves Toward More Thorough Background Checks for Health Care Workers

Looks like Kentucky is the latest state to move forward with the trend of ensuring thorough background checks for all employees working with its most vulnerable citizens. Gov. Steve Beshear said a $3 million grant will establish a comprehensive statewide system for thorough background checks.

Right now, Kentucky state law requires long-term care facilities to conduct only name-based background checks for their prospective employees. This new grant, however, will help the Cabinet for Health and Family Services buy live scan equipment to obtain digital fingerprints that will be used for both in-state and FBI criminal background checks. That will allow officials to perform more in-depth employment screening of applicants seeking employment in the state’s many health-related fields where patients are vulnerable and susceptible to abuse, fraud and other crimes.

The move in Kentucky is just one of several similar initiatives across the country, as state officials and private employers deem it necessary to ensure everyone’s safety by conducting thorough pre-employment screening policies as well as drug testing for prospective and current employees.

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