ESR’s Online Compliance Service Helps Health Care Entities Comply With New JCAHO Standards

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PSVcheck™ allows Health Care employers to confidently track and confirm professional licenses of staff members to meet new health care requirements.

Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading nationwide pre-employment background screening firm, announced today the release of PSVcheck™, a new online service to help hospitals and covered health care entities comply with the imminent national standards effective next year for confirming and tracking the professional licenses of staff members.

Effective January 1, 2006, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) will require that hospitals and covered health care entities conduct Primary Source Verifications (PSV) on all licensed, registered or certified staff. The rule applies to both full time and contract employees and also applies to the process of tracking license renewals. The new requirements are contained in section HR 1.20 of the JCAHO Human Resources standards.

To help hospitals and covered entities comply, ESR has created an innovative online service for its clients called the ESR PSVcheck™ Database. The software manages and tracks the entire process to keep covered healthcare entities in compliance with the new standards set forth by JCAHO.    

“The trend in healthcare is to increase the obligations and responsibilities of hospital and healthcare providers to ensure that anyone who provides care, treatment or services is qualified,” explained ESR president and attorney, Lester S. Rosen. Rosen, who is also the author of the definitive book on pre-employment screening, “The Safe Hiring Manual - The Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Terrorists and Imposters Out of Your Workplace," added that, “Health care entities are in need of solutions to not only perform verifications of credentials, but to also continually monitor, manage and update them as well.”

ESR’s PSVcheck™ online service is used in obtaining, tracking, updating and maintaining an audit trail for all employees who are required to be licensed, registered or certified. For example, the software generates automatic reports on all employees and contractors who have licenses that are expiring in a specified period of time. The PSVcheck™ service also provides tools to conduct license verification from the primary source and to track all current and past licensees. Each department of each hospital can determine if it wants to conduct the Primary Source Verification itself, or have ESR perform the verification. During a JCAHO audit, all necessary information demonstrating compliance with the Primary Source Verification rule is instantly available using the PSVcheck™ online service.

About Employment Screening Resources

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is the firm the wrote the book on pre-employment background screening, “The Safe Hiring Manual-The Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Terrorists and Imposters Out of Your Workplace.” ESR was also ranked as the top background screening firm in the United States in the first independent study of the industry. ESR combines human resources, public records and legal expertise in providing employers with fast, accurate and cost-effective employment pre-screening nationwide. ESR’s mission is to bring professional consulting resources to an industry that largely focuses on providing data as a commodity. ESR specializes in criminal records, reference checking, drug testing, international backgrounds and legal compliance. From its national headquarters in Novato, California, ESR serves employers across the United States from start-ups to divisions of Fortune

500 companies through its state of the art ESRnet system. (http://www.ESRcheck.com)

Contacts:

Jared Callahan Sales & Marketing Director

Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

PH: 415-898-0044, ext. 240

E-mail: jcallahan@esrcheck.com

web: http://www.ESRcheck.com

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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