AHCA Background Checks in Florida
Recently, I was honored to speak in front of the School of Allied Health at Florida A & M University on the topic of criminal background checks of health care professionals in Florida. This is a timely and ever evolving topic that all health care professionals, including management should be familiar with and know the requirements.
I've written on this blog in the past about the subject of criminal background checks of health care workers in Florida.
Some of the main points of my lecture were:
1. Florida requires health care workers to undergo routine background checks ("screenings") as a part of pre-employment screening and/or initial licensure or renewal of a license.
2. Background check requirements may also apply to non-licensed workers who are employed in a health care facility or licensed entity.
3. The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) issues a disqualification letter to the employee if a "disqualifying offense" is determined to be on one's record after the background check is run.
4. Similiarly, for those individuals licensed by the Department of Health (DOH) background checks are required as a condition of getting or renewing the license.
5. If as a result of a background check a person is deemed disqualified from employment in Florida there is a process for applying for an "Exemption from Disqualification" letter. This process is lengthy and certain requirements must be met.