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General Information

General Information


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the first stage of a new nationwide initiative to combat abuse, neglect and theft in long-term care facilities. The National Background Check Program (NBCP), created under the Affordable Care Act*, presently includes CMS, States that have met CMS' requirements for participation, and CNA, a non-profit research and analysis company providing technical assistance to CMS and the States. These organizations are engaged to help long-term care providers avoid hiring people with certain criminal histories by conducting federal-level criminal background checks on job applicants.

This website provides program information to the general public and resources to grantee States as they establish more robust background check programs. These resources will help States implement cost-effective and time-sensitive methods of conducting fingerprint checks, database and registry checks, fitness determinations, rapback programs, communication with long-term care providers and job applicants, and program integrity measures.

* The comprehensive health care reform law enacted in March 2010 is formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.