Ohio officials plan to bolster criminal background checks for those home health-care workers who provide direct care to the disabled and elderly.
The state has received a $2.1 million federal grant to provide increased reviews for more than 100,000 workers who serve patients in Medicaid– and Medicare-funded settings.
Ohio also will provide $700,000 in state funds to improve background checks.
The money will help the state to extend the use of the attorney general’s fingerprint database to direct-care providers.
Currently, workers receive a background check prior to being hired by their employers. As of January, the state instituted rules requiring post-hiring checks at least every five years.