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Sloppy background checks trip up two companies

Making sure new hires pass appropriate background checks isn’t just to protect patients — it can save hospitals and related businesses a lot of headaches, too.

A certified nursing assistant (CNA) who was excluded from federal health care programs managed to slip past the background checks of both Premier Medical Staffing, Inc., and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center.

The CNA was employed by Premier from Dec. 2004 to June 2006, and SNHMC from Feb. 2002 to Sept. 2007.

Because both companies billed the feds for services she performed for patients, Premier and SNHMC technically filed false claims under the False Claims Act. To settle the allegations, Premier paid $90k, and SNHMC paid $33,400.

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