CMS National Background Check Pilot Program

In 2004, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) piloted a program with seven States to evaluate the effectiveness of implementing and conducting federal-level background checks on prospective employees of direct access facilities and providers who would have direct access to patients. The pilot program explored implementation and evaluation issues, focusing on establishing lessons learned and best practices. Below is information on the evaluation of the pilot program and other related material.

  • CMS Evaluation of the Background Check Pilot Program (Visit Website)
  • Senate Special Committee on Aging Report on Background Check Pilot Program (Download PDF)
  • AHCA - Report of Findings: 2009 Nursing Facility Staff Retention and Turnover Survey (Download PDF)
  • HHS - Ensuring a Qualified Long-Term Care Workforce: From Pre-Employment Screens to On-The-Job Monitoring (Visit Website)
  • HHS OIG - Nursing Facilities' Employment of Individuals with Criminal Convictions (Download PDF)
  • HHS OIG - Nurse Aide Registries: State Compliance and Practices (Download PDF)