The Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act

Jason Morris

The Senate Finance Committee yesterday voted unanimously to approve legislation called “The Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act.”  This act would strengthen how background checks are currently conducted for nursing homes and home health care agencies.  The bill is focused on those who work with elderly patients.  Senate Bill S. 1577 has been passed by this committee and will move on to a full Senate vote.  If passed it will create a consistent nationwide system for background checks.

Currently, seven states are part of a pilot program to test this method that has been in place for five years.  According to an article in Modern Health care:

Forty-one states require criminal background checks on most aides prior to employment, but only half of those require criminal background checks at the federal level. In 2004, state agencies reported that they received more than 500,000 reports of elder and vulnerable adult abuse.

The full text of the Committee Print can be found here.

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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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