Nursing Facilities’ Employment Of Individuals With Criminal Convictions

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, OEI-07-09-00110, March 2011

From the PHI summary:
A March 2011 report released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that 92 percent of nursing homes had at least one employee with one or more criminal convictions on staff.

Other findings reported in Nursing Facilities’ Employment of Individuals with Criminal Convictions (pdf) are:

* Nearly half of the nursing homes sampled were found to employ five or more employees with criminal convictions.
* Overall, 5 percent of nursing home employees had at least one conviction in FBI-maintained criminal history records.
* Of the employees with convictions, 84 percent had their most recent conviction prior to their start date of employment.
* “Crimes against property,” such as burglary, shoplifting, and writing bad checks, was the most common conviction, with 44 percent of employees with criminal convictions having committed such a crime.

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