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State doesn’t run criminal checks on professional licensees

Wisconsin State privacy law prevents public disclosure on the backgrounds of healthcare providers. The Department of Regulation and Licensing has no authority to background check licensed healthcare providers. As the state drops the ball, The Medical Examining Board tries unsuccessfully to authorize federal criminal background checks on all applicants for a new license. The responsibility will fall to doctors, private employers and healthcare companies to conduct background check through private background companies.

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U.S. mortgage crisis prompting change

2009 calls for tougher standards in the Mortgage Industry as U.S. States begin mandating background checks for new and renewing licensed mortgage brokers. Arizona, Indiana and Ohio lead the way as the task of raising the bar for brokers in the aftermath of the mortgage crisis begins.

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Many California health workers not checked for criminal pasts

State of California embarrassed as investigation finds approximately 300,000 state healthcare workers have not been screened for background checks. Cases sited as advocacy groups call for immediate action from the state, local and governing agencies.

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Rising Elder Abuse

Rising elder abuse cases prompt industry to conduct periodic background checks on elder care providers. Previously, caregivers had only been screened prior to being hired. With the rising number of elder abuse cases nationwide the industry is looking beyond current state requirements of pre-employment background checks to random periodic background checks for employees handling the needs of our elderly.

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