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Fingerprinting and Level 2 Background Check for Health Care Clinics in Florida

First of all, what is the Health Care Clinic in Florida?

 

Clinic” means an entity at which health care services are provided to individuals and which tenders charges for reimbursement for such services, including a mobile clinic and a portable equipment provider. “Mobile clinic” means a movable or detached self-contained health care unit within or from which direct health care services are provided to individuals and which otherwise meets the definition of a clinic. “Portable equipment provider” means an entity that contracts with or employs persons to provide portable equipment to multiple locations performing treatment or diagnostic testing of individuals that bills third-party payers for those services, and that otherwise meets the definition of a clinic.

 

The licensing of Health Care Clinics is regulated by AHCA, Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration.

 

The Level 2 Background Check for Health Care Clinics is required by AHCA and based on F.S. 400.991. Statute says that the agency shall require level 2 background screening for applicants and personnel of Health Care Clinic as required in s. 408.809(1)(e) pursuant to chapter 435 and s. 408.809.

 

Owner, Administrator, Financial Officer, Employees and Contractors Providing Personal Care or Services, Employees that have access to client property, funds or living areas must obtain the level 2 background screening clearance from AHCA for employment in Health Care Clinics.

 

The Legislature recognizes that there is a need to require the fingerprint based background check for the staff and administration of Health Care Clinics in Florida. Therefore, the Legislature deems it necessary in the interest of the public health to screen the staff of Health Care Clinics in this state.

 

If the Health Care Clinic where you work or manage is located in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach or Martin counties, please call IDENTICO today, for in office or mobile unit appointment. IDENTICO is FDLE approved Live Scan vendor, and we use electronic fingerprinting solutions in transmitting your fingerprints for FBI Level 2 Background Check and AHCA will get the results of screening in as less as 72 hours. The cost of screening is $80.00. Visit our official website www.myidentico.com or call us today (954) 239-8590. We have an open door policy at our office located at 3948 Pembroke Road, Suite E, Pembroke Park, FL, 33021, however if you would like to schedule an appointment at certain time, please visit http://www.myidentico.com/hitappoint/ and we’ll serve you first regardless of any wait line.

 

Sincerely,

IDENTICO LLC.

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The Joint Commission Requirements on Level 2 Background Checks for Health Science Program Students

We have been fingerprinting the Practical Nursing and Health Science students for colleges and universities located in South Florida. Student have been questioning us on the reason for such screening. We made an investigative research and would like to post it for public view and consideration.

 

1. In accordance with  standard/requirement of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), students enrolled in any health science program that requires a clinical experience in a hospital or other health care facility must submit to a level II criminal background check, a drug screening test, and Hospital Corporation of America requirements. The same requirements pertain to students who apply for entrance into a health science program.


In adherence to this new JCAHO mandate, all current and future health science students must obtain a level II criminal background check, a drug-screening test, and Hospital Corporation of America requirements. The student is responsible for paying the costs for each test. The results of said tests may require the College to withdraw the student from the program. This action is necessary due to the student’s inability to access clinical facilities for training purposes required as a part of the instructional program.

 

Per Joint Commission the staff, students and volunteers who work in the same capacity as staff who provide care, treatment, and services, would be expected to have criminal background checks  verified when required by law and regulation and organization policy.

 

This means that if state law, regulation or organization policy requires background checks on all employees, volunteers and students, Joint Commission expects them to be done on all three categories.

 

If state law requires background checks on only specified types of health care providers (e.g. nursing assistants/child care workers), then Joint Commission would require background checks on only those specified in state law (unless organization policy goes beyond state law).

 

If state law requires background checks on all “employees”, the organization should seek an opinion from the state on what categories of health care workers are considered “employees”.

 

If the state clearly does not consider volunteers or students to be employees, then Joint Commission would not require background checks on them (unless organization policy goes beyond state law and requires it).

 

If state law is ambiguous as to the definition of employee, the organization can define the scope of background checks to fit its own definition.  As such, they may include or exclude students and volunteers, and Joint Commission would survey to hospital policy.

 

In the absence of a state law on criminal background checks, each organization can develop its own expectations, e.g., and organization elects to screen employees and not students/volunteers.  Joint Commission would evaluate compliance with the organization’s internal policy only.  There would be no Joint Commission expectation that an organization check categories of providers beyond what is required in their own policy, which must comply with law and regulation. All criminal background checks must be documented by the organization.

 

If you are a student who is required to undergo the level 2 background screening, please confirm with your college whether they require a screening to be done through VECHS program or the health care provider for you clinical practice is requiring the AHCA background screening clearance. In both cases we can help, please provide us with VECHS Waiver Agreement form with you institution’s VECHS number on it, or ask what AHCA number needs to be used with electronic fingerprint submission.

 

If you are an educational institution seeking for the vendor for students’ background screening, please contact us for cost effective and quality live scan fingerprinting solutions. IDENTICO is known to be the most professional live scan vendor in South Florida, and we’ll be happy to work on your inquiries.

 

In order to get fingerprinted as part of your admission into limited access health science programs please contact IDENTICO LLC today. We are FDLE approved Live Scan vendor, and we transmit your fingerprints for FBI Level 2 Background Check so the requesting organization receives the results of screening in as less as 72 hours. The cost of Level 2 screening as VECHS Volunteer is $47.25. The cost of screening for AHCA Level2 Screening is $80.00. Visit our official website www.myidentico.com or call us today (954) 239-8590.

 

We have an open door policy at our office located at 3948 Pembroke Road, Suite E, Pembroke Park, FL, 33021, however if you would like to schedule an appointment at certain time, please visit http://www.myidentico.com/hitappoint/ and we’ll serve you first regardless of any wait line.

 

Sincerely,

The team of IDENTICO LLC

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Fingerprinting and Level 2 Background Check for Assisted Living Facilities in Florida

The Level 2 Background Check for Assisted Living Facilities is required by AHCA and based on F.S. 429.174. Statute says that agency shall require level 2 background screening for personnel as required in s. 408.809(1)(e) pursuant to chapter 435 and s. 408.809.

 

The Legislature recognizes that there is a need to require the fingerprint based background check for the staff and administration of ALF in Florida. Therefore, the Legislature deems it necessary in the interest of the social welfare to  screen the staff of Assisted Living Facilities in this state.

 

If your Assisted Living Facility is located in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach or Martin counties, please call IDENTICO today, for in office or mobile unit appointment. IDENTICO is FDLE approved Live Scan vendor, and we use electronic fingerprinting solutions in transmitting your fingerprints for FBI Level 2 Background Check and AHCA will get the results of screening in as less as 72 hours. The cost of screening is $80.00. Visit our official website www.myidentico.com or call us today (954) 239-8590. We have an open door policy at our office located at 3948 Pembroke Road, Suite E, Pembroke Park, FL, 33021, however if you would like to schedule an appointment at certain time, please visit http://www.myidentico.com/hitappoint/ and we’ll serve you first regardless of any wait line. Bring your state ID/DL, know your SSN, and we’ll help you with locating your AHCA Number if you don’t know it.

 

Sincerely,

IDENTICO LLC.

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Background Screening Procedures as part of Health Care Licensing by AHCA

The Background Screening rules of Agency for Health care Administration are set according to Florida Administrative Code, Section 59-A35.090.

 

59A-35.090 Background Screening.

 

(1) Definitions:

(a) “Arrest Report” means the detailed narrative written by the arresting law enforcement officer explaining the circumstances of the arrest.

 

(b) “Disposition” means the sentencing or other final settlement of a criminal case which shall include, regardless of adjudication, a plea of nolo contendere or guilty, or a conviction by a judge or jury.

 

(c) “Disqualifying Offense” means any criminal offense prohibited in Section 435.03, 435.04 or 408.809(5), F.S.

 

(d) “Exemption from Disqualification” means an exemption granted by the Agency following a review of the Application for Exemption, AHCA Form 3010-0019, October 2009, hereby incorporated by reference, and an informal hearing, if appropriate, during which the individual must present clear and convincing evidence to support a reasonable belief that he or she has been rehabilitated and does not present a danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the patient or individual as described in Section 435.07, F.S.

 

(e) “FBI” means the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

(f) “FDLE” means the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

 

(g) “Level 1 Screening” means an assessment of the criminal history record obtained from the FDLE to determine whether screened individuals have any disqualifying offenses pursuant to Section 435.03 or 408.809(5), F.S. An analysis and review of court dispositions and arrest reports may be required to make a final determination.

 

(h) “Level 2 Screening” means an assessment of the criminal history record obtained through a fingerprint search through the FDLE and FBI to determine whether screened individuals have any disqualifying offenses pursuant to Section 435.04 or 408.809(5), F.S. An analysis and review of court dispositions and arrest reports may be required to make a final determination.

 

(2) Processing Screening Requests, Required Documents and Fees.

 

(a) A provider may conduct Level 1 background screening for employees either directly through the FDLE or through the Agency. Requests through the Agency must be submitted using the Agency’s background screening website at: http://www.ahca.myflorida.com/MCHQ/Long_Term_Care/Background_S creening/logon.shtml. A user code and password is required for use of this site. A request for a Level 1 screening through the Agency must be accompanied by the cost required by the FDLE to pay for the cost of processing the request.

 

(b) Persons required to undergo Level 2 background screening must submit an Applicant Fingerprint Card, incorporated herein by reference, and available from the appropriate Agency licensure unit or by submitting a request to: bgscreen@ahca.myflorida.com. A health care provider licensed pursuant to this chapter may submit a Level 2 request and make payment electronically or by mail. A request for a Level 2 screening through the Agency must be accompanied by the cost required by the FDLE and the FBI to pay for the cost of processing the request.

 

1. Electronic submissions must be made through the Agency’s background screening web site. The completed fingerprint card must be mailed to the Background Screening Unit at 2727 Mahan Drive, MS 40,Tallahassee, Florida 32308.

 

2. Mailed requests must be submitted to the Background Screening Unit at 2727 Mahan Drive, MS 40, Tallahassee, Florida 32308.

 

3. If a fingerprint card is rejected by the FBI due to illegible prints, the individual must submit a second fingerprint card in accordance with the guidelines established by the FBI. The second card must be submitted to the Agency within 21 days of the Agency’s request or the screening request will be considered withdrawn. If withdrawn, the individual must submit a new fingerprint card accompanied by the required fee.

 

(3) Screening of Administrators, Owners, Chief Financial Officers and Controlling Interests.

 

(a) Persons required to undergo Level 2 background screening in accordance with a licensure application, must submit the completed and signed fingerprint card and screening fee with an application for licensure to the appropriate Agency licensing unit.

 

(b) As an alternative to a new background screen, persons required to undergo Level 2 background screening in accordance with Section 408.809, F.S., that have been screened within the previous 5 years by the Agency, Department of Health, Department of Children and Family Services, Agency for Persons with Disabilities or Department of Financial Services, or if the applicant has a certificate of authority to operate a continuing care retirement community, may submit to the appropriate Agency licensing unit:

 

1. A copy of the background screening result, and

 

2. An Affidavit of Compliance with Background Screening Requirements, AHCA Form 3100-0008, October 2009, herein incorporated by reference, and available from the Agency for Health Care Administration at: http://www.ahca.myflorida.com/Publications/Forms/HQA.shtml.

 

(4) Results of Screening and Notification.

 

(a) Final results of background screening requests will be provided to the requesting provider through the Agency’s secure web site.

 

(b) When the dispositional information of a potentially disqualifying offense is unclear or not present in a criminal history from a Level I request, a notice will be sent to the requesting licensee or entity to obtain the arrest report and dispositional information from the individual being screened. The information must then be forwarded to the Agency for a final determination or show such information cannot be obtained. If a Level 2 criminal history is incomplete, a certified letter will be sent to the individual being screened requesting the arrest report and dispositional information. If the letter is returned unclaimed, a copy of the letter will be sent by regular mail. For Level 1 and Level 2, the missing information must be filed with the Agency within 30 days of the Agency’s request, or the individual is subject to automatic disqualification in accordance with Section 435.05(1)(d), F.S.

 

(c) When the Agency or the provider obtains information indicating an individual has a disqualifying offense pursuant to Chapter 435, F.S., the individual is prohibited from working in a position that requires background screening until such time as the individual has applied for and been determined to be exempt from such disqualification.

 

(d) An alleged offense is not disqualifying until such time as there has been a disposition.

 

(5) Exemption from Disqualification.

 

(a) Requests for an exemption from disqualification shall be submitted in writing to the Agency using the “Application for Exemption from Disqualification” AHCA Form 3010-0019, October 2009. This form may be obtained from the Agency for Health Care Administration, Background Screening Unit, 2727 Mahan Drive, MS #40, Tallahassee, Florida 32308 or through the Agency’s website at: http://www.ahca.myflorida.com/MCHQ/Long_Term_Care/Background_Screening/exemption.shtml.

 

(b) Individuals that are licensed or certified in a profession under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health must apply for an exemption to the appropriate licensing or certifying board at the Department of Health unless the individual will be working in a position other than for which they are licensed or certified.

 

(c) The individual shall bear the burden of setting forth clear and convincing evidence of rehabilitation which includes any information indicating the individual presents no danger to the safety or well being of others. The individual must present such evidence as arrest reports, court dispositions, parole/probation information, letters from employers, and personal references. Other documents that may be included are records of successful participation in a rehabilitation program, further education or training, community or church involvement, special awards or recognition or testimony by self or others.

 

(d) An “Application for Exemption” will not be reviewed until all required documents are obtained. If the application is deemed incomplete after 30 days of receipt by the Agency, the application will be withdrawn.

 

(e) In deciding whether to grant or deny an exemption request, the Agency shall consider factors such as the facts and circumstances surrounding the disqualifying offense(s), the nature of the harm to the victim, whether the individual is on probation or parole, whether restitution has been made, the length of time since the last offense, the history of the person since the disqualifying offense(s), work experience, personal references, performance evaluations, probation or parole violations, education, other evidence of rehabilitation, and the honesty and candor of the disqualified individual.

 

(f) Any exemption granted by the Agency is limited to the disqualifying offense or offenses committed prior to the date of the request for exemption.

 

(g) The Agency shall void any exemption granted to an individual when there is evidence that information which would adversely affect the decision was not made available at the time of the determination or there is a disposition of a new disqualifying offense since the date the exemption was granted.

 

(6) Unless otherwise specified, information requested pursuant to this section must be filed with the Agency within 21 days of the Agency’s request.

 

Rulemaking Authority 408.819 FS. Law Implemented 408.809, 408.810 FS. History–New 7-14-10.

 

All Level 2 screening requests to  AHCA must be submitted electronically. The Agency for Health Care Administration will no longer process Level 1 or Level 2 screening requests or fees after July 31, 2010. Any Level 1 or Level 2 screening request and fees submitted to the Agency’s Background Screening Section after July 31, 2010 will be returned to the sender unprocessed.

 

If the AHCA provider who you work for is located in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach or Martin counties, please call IDENTICO LLC today, for  office or mobile fingerprinting appointment. IDENTICO is FDLE approved Live Scan vendor, and we use electronic fingerprinting solutions in transmitting your fingerprints for FBI Level 2 Background Check and AHCA will get the results of screening in as less as 72 hours. The cost of screening is $80.00. Visit our official website www.myidentico.com or call us today (954) 239-8590.

 

We have an open door policy at our office located at 3948 Pembroke Road, Suite E, Pembroke Park, FL, 33021, however if you would like to schedule an appointment at certain time, please visit http://www.myidentico.com/hitappoint/ and we’ll serve you first regardless of any wait line.

 

Bring your state ID/DL, know your SSN, and we’ll help you with locating your AHCA Number if you don’t know it.

 

Sincerely,

 

The team of IDENTICO LLC.

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Fingerprinting and Level 2 Background Check for Home Health Agencies in Florida

The Level 2 Background Check for Home Health Agencies is required by AHCA and based on F.S. 400.512. Statute says that the screening of home health agency personnel; nurse registry personnel and contractors; and companions and homemakers shall be made by the agency, registry, or service requiring level 2 background screening for employees or contractors as required in s. 408.809(1)(e) pursuant to chapter 435 and s. 408.809.

 

HHA employees and Home Health Aids, physical therapists, speech therapists, social workers, nurses, agencies’ office staff and any other employee who has an access to patients property or personal information must obtain the level 2 background screening clearance from AHCA for employment.

 

The Legislature recognizes that there is a need to require the fingerprint based background check for the staff and administration of Home Health Agencies in Florida. Therefore, the Legislature deems it necessary in the interest of the public health to screen the staff of Home Health Agencies in this state.

 

If the Home Health Agency where you work or manage is located in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach or Martin counties, please call IDENTICO today, for in office or mobile unit appointment. IDENTICO is FDLE approved Live Scan vendor, and we use electronic fingerprinting solutions in transmitting your fingerprints for FBI Level 2 Background Check and AHCA will get the results of screening in as less as 72 hours. The cost of screening is $80.00. Visit our official website www.myidentico.com or call us today (954) 239-8590. We have an open door policy at our office located at 3948 Pembroke Road, Suite E, Pembroke Park, FL, 33021, however if you would like to schedule an appointment at certain time, please visit http://www.myidentico.com/hitappoint/ and we’ll serve you first regardless of any wait line.

 

Sincerely,

IDENTICO LLC.

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AHCA Background Screening

Fingerprinting and Level 2 Background Check for Home Health Agencies in Florida

The Level 2 Background Check for Home Health Agencies is required by AHCA and based on F.S. 400.512. Statute says that the screening of home health agency personnel; nurse registry personnel and contractors; and companions and homemakers shall be made by the agency, registry, or service requiring level 2 background screening for employees or contractors as required in s. 408.809(1)(e) pursuant to chapter 435 and s. 408.809.

 

HHA employees and Home Health Aids, physical therapists, speech therapists, social workers, nurses, agencies’ office staff and any other employee who has an access to patients property or personal information must obtain the level 2 background screening clearance from AHCA for employment.

 

The Legislature recognizes that there is a need to require the fingerprint based background check for the staff and administration of Home Health Agencies in Florida. Therefore, the Legislature deems it necessary in the interest of the public health to screen the staff of Home Health Agencies in this state.

 

If the Home Health Agency where you work or manage is located in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach or Martin counties, please call IDENTICO today, for in office or mobile unit appointment. IDENTICO is FDLE approved Live Scan vendor, and we use electronic fingerprinting solutions in transmitting your fingerprints for FBI Level 2 Background Check and AHCA will get the results of screening in as less as 72 hours. The cost of screening is $80.00. Visit our official website www.myidentico.com or call us today (954) 239-8590. We have an open door policy at our office located at 3948 Pembroke Road, Suite E, Pembroke Park, FL, 33021, however if you would like to schedule an appointment at certain time, please visit http://www.myidentico.com/hitappoint/ and we’ll serve you first regardless of any wait line.

 

Sincerely,

IDENTICO LLC.