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Background Checks:
An Essential Risk Management Tool

Background checks on all new hires and a program of regular inquiry about possible staff sanctions and criminal behavior limits employer liability.


The safety of patients and their information, and similarly staff and their information, is an obligation of health care management. Hospitals are a target.

Today, protection is becoming a unique challenge which requires active efforts to ensure adequate safeguard levels. Patients, staff and information are at risk—as is your organization’s reputation. While there are regulatory requirements covering some aspects of these issues, providers are well-served to consider the value of performing background checks on all proposed new hires and establishing a program of regular inquiry regarding possible sanctions and criminal behavior of their staff.

Establishing such a program limits employer liability by demonstrating that reasonable care has been exercised.