A home health aide is a caregiver to individuals who are unable to care for themselves. Someone in this role performs routine tasks such as changing bandages or dressing as well as personal tasks such as bathing, dressing or grooming a patient. A background check is important because a home health aide has access to vulnerable populations such as the elderly, people with disabilities or convalescents either in their homes or a care facility. Before hiring a home health aide, organizations can check to see if the individual has been placed on a registry for abuse, neglect, exploitation or misappropriation of a vulnerable adult or is a registered sex offender.
HireRight can customize a package of screening services based on best practices that help health care organizations meet their budget, organizational and regulatory compliance requirements and level of risk tolerance. To achieve those objectives, the HireRight Home Health Aide Background Check™ may include these baseline services:
Identify whether a Social Security Number (SSN) may be invalid using information and number assignment methodology from the Social Security Administration (SSA). For any SSN issued before June 25, 2011, the HireRight Social Security Number Validation™ identifies the year and state of issuance and checks the SSA Death Index to help detect anomalies.
Identify the names and addresses associated with a Social Security Number (SSN) using information obtained from one of the nationwide credit reporting agencies. The HireRight Social Security Number Trace™ provides an applicant’s history of addresses based on where the applicant has established credit. This may provide more information for other screening services and can also help detect an incorrect SSN.
Identify whether applicants have a criminal record history in the jurisdiction corresponding to their address history. The HireRight Criminal, Felony and Misdemeanor Records Search™ helps to identify potential felony and misdemeanor criminal history by searching county court records where an applicant has resided.
Expand the investigation of an applicant’s criminal history by searching additional databases to locate potential criminal records data. HireRight Widescreen Plus™ enables organizations to conduct a wider search of an applicant’s potential criminal history by identifying possible criminal history records beyond an applicant’s known address history and stated work locations. Possible records are verified at the source before being reported.
Review potential negative criminal history on applicants that may prevent them from working in certain health care positions. The HireRight Health Care Statewide Criminal Check™ searches state law enforcement agency or criminal history repositories, as applicable, in the U.S. that typically contain misdemeanors, felonies and traffic offenses to identify records relating to an applicant.
Initiate a broader search of sex offender registries. The HireRight National Sex Offender Registry Search™ conducts a search via the National Sex Offender public website, which searches information about sex offenders for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and many U.S. tribes.
Confirm if an applicant or employee has been sanctioned or excluded from participating in federal and state health care programs. The HireRight Health Care Sanction Check™ goes beyond OIG and GSA checks to search the Fraud and Abuse Control Information System (FACIS®), a current and historical database of sanctions, exclusions, debarments and disciplinary actions, for information about an applicant. If there is a confirmed record, HireRight can directly contact the sanctioning board to confirm or clear possible name matches returned by FACIS® based on identifiers provided by the customer. HireRight Health Care Sanction Monitoring performs the same search on an ongoing basis.
There are four levels of searches:
Identify whether applicants accurately reported education information on their resume or job application. HireRight Education Verification™ confirms an applicant’s credentials by verifying that a degree, certificate or diploma was received. Verification may be obtained either directly from an institution or through its authorized agent.
Eliminate the time-consuming process of verifying employment history. HireRight Employment Verification™ confirms an applicant’s work history, such as company names and locations, dates, positions or titles held along with compensation. Verification may be obtained either directly with former employers or through their authorized agents.
Gain information on an applicant that can provide you with greater insight into the applicant’s professional background. The HireRight Professional Reference Check™ uses open-ended questions to interview an applicant’s former colleagues and coworkers and provides a report on their responses.
Test for the presence of illicit drug use with urine testing. HireRight Urine Drug Test™ provides the option of multiple panels and lab-based or instant tests to fit an employer’s needs.