FACIS is the Basis for the Safest Hires

In Healthcare, FACIS is the Basis for the Safest Hires

  • Twenty-one people are being charged with abusing patients at an Alzheimer’s care center in Commerce, GA — restraining them with bed sheets, throwing water on them and even “double diapering” them to save on changings.
  • A nurse at a Mercy Hospital in Folsom, California is facing charges for allegedly inappropriately touching at least one female patient. In addition to two felony charges of sexually abusing a patient, Daniel Ratner also faces two felony counts of child pornography and two misdemeanor counts of illegally recording people.
  • A Bronx nurse’s aide was arrested recently after she was allegedly caught on video abusing an elderly Alzheimer’s patient. Sandra Kerr, 55, was charged with three counts of willful violation of the public health law and three counts of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person
  • After a week-long jury trial in Lucas County Common Pleas Court, a former nurse’s aide was found guilty of patient abuse for striking a patient with mental health problems at a local nursing home where she worked. Tacarra Bryson, 31, of 10 Southard Ave. is to be sentenced May 15 by Judge Gary Cook on the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison.

Despite the fact that we are well into the 21st Century, with numerous laws on the books to deter patient abuse, and with extensive technology in place to catch people in the act, these and many other stories just like them make headlines every day.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) estimates that 15 million incidents of medical harm occur in U.S. hospitals each year. Clearly, something is not working.

Although it’s not a cure-all, one great way to prevent patient abuse is by excluding abusers from employment. This can be accomplished with a comprehensive pre-employment background check that includes a FACIS search.

The Fraud Abuse Control Information System, or FACIS for short, is a nationwide database containing records of adverse actions on individuals and entities sanctioned in the healthcare field. This database includes information on disciplinary actions ranging from exclusions and debarments to letters of reprimand and probation. The FACIS search covers more than 800 sources in 50 states.

While it won’t protect us from those who have never been caught, if someone was disciplined or penalized for patient abuse or fraud, the FACIS search can stop them in their tracks, protecting patients and the healthcare organizations who serve them.

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