Long Term Care employees provide care to elderly patients in settings such as skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, and hospices. Ensuring that these employees have undergone the requisite background checks and appropriate levels of screening helps protect patient safety. The ACA provides grants to states to implement background check programs for prospective Long Term Care employees. The program commenced in September 2010, with an expected completion date in 2018. The OIG has conducted an interim report on the progress of this program.
Twenty five states are participating in this grant program, however only six of the states have fully implemented the following three required background checks:
a search of state-based abuse and neglect registries and databases;
a check of state criminal history records; and
a fingerprint-based check of FBI criminal history records.