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A guide to healthcare background checks

By Christian Moore / Special to Healthcare Facilities Today
March 21, 2018

In the healthcare industry, an accurate diagnosis is the foundation of effective care. Until doctors and other providers know exactly what their patients are suffering from, they can’t provide the most appropriate and effective care. Having an accurate diagnosis means paying close attention to all of the signs, listening to the patient and looking out for issues that the patient might not be telling you. The more you knowabout your patients and their conditions, the more effective you will be at healing them.

The same principle applies to the hiring process, where what you know and what you don’t know can be equally important. Healthcare providers need to be sure that the people they hire are the best for the positions. Although the search and interview process can provide hiring professionals in the healthcare segment with a lot of information about job candidates, having more information is always better.

That’s why background checks are an essential component of the hiring process for companies in the healthcare sector. Because, having as much information as possible about the people you want to hire is crucial for making the most informed decision.

Because a properly conducted background check is so vital to ensuring that healthcare providers hire the best people, it’s important for hiring professionals to understand the basics of background checks. That includes what a background check typically reveals, how to conduct them, and how job candidates can prepare themselves for background checks. For example, hiring professionals have the option to conduct background checks in-house or through a third-party provider.

Depending on the size of the hiring organization, it may make more sense to have a third-party conduct the background check because of the strain it could place on available resources.

A background check examines a candidate’s records, but what may be included in a background check can vary from state to state. Depending on the laws where you are, you may not be able to check education records other than degrees earned, medical records or military service records without first obtaining the candidate’s permission. It’s also important for hiring professionals to note that job candidates have the right to challenge the results of a background if he or she believes the background check contains erroneous information.

Obtaining the most information you can is crucial for accurately diagnosing patients.

It’s also imperative for selecting the right candidate for a position in the healthcare sector. The following guide contains some of the most important information job seekers and hiring professionals need to know about background checks.

Christian Moore is the COO for Global Verification Network

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