Welcome to the National Background Check Program (NBCP) Technical Assistance website, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This website is designed to assist U.S. States and Territories in establishing State programs for the purpose of conducting background checks on all prospective employees for direct-access positions with long-term care facilities and providers. This site is also available to the public for the purpose of providing information and education about the NBCP and grantee-State programs.


Louisiana Should Improve Its Oversight of Nursing Homes' Compliance With Requirements That Prohibit Employment of Individuals With Disqualifying Background Checks

The HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has recently published a report highlighting the importance of reviewing compliance with background check requirements.

OIG did this audit because "background checks for employees are an important safety measure that can help protect some of the most vulnerable populations. Approximately 1.4 million beneficiaries reside in long-term care facilities (nursing homes), with more than half of them relying on Medicaid to pay for their long-term care. Oversight and management of nursing homes are crucial to the safety of long-term care residents".

OIG recommends that "...that Louisiana conduct routine monitoring of nursing homes' compliance with background check requirements".


Registered users from grantee States can access resources related to conducting background checks on direct-access employees and submit requests for technical assistance in the development of their own State-level programs. CNA maintains the list of approved users for this website and is contracted by CMS to provide technical assistance to grantee States. If you are a grantee-State registered user, please login above.

The ninth and final grant solicitation closed on December 15, 2017.