When a background check is requested as a condition of employment as a healthcare professional or for consideration as a provider in the Florida Medicaid program, the Background Screening Unit evaluates the Level 2 criminal history results. In order to determine eligibility, all screenings conducted for Medicaid are reviewed in accordance with Chapter 435, section 408.809(4) Florida Statutes, and Rule 59A-35.090. Screenings conducted for employment purposes are reviewed in accordance with Chapter 435, section 408.809(4) Florida Statutes, and Rule 59A-35.090.
An authorized provider must begin each screening in the Clearinghouse. Before being granted access to the Clearinghouse, any provider who requires a screening to be conducted for initial facility license purposes must first submit their application to the relevant licensure unit. Before gaining access to the Clearinghouse, every provider who has a screening to be completed for their initial Medicaid Provider Enrollment application must submit their application and obtain their Application Tracking Number (ATN). The personnel files of those who were screened must contain proof of the screening. Where a contractor delivers contract services, either the employer or the licensee may use a screening company. All providers that request a screening through the Clearinghouse will receive a copy of the Florida Public Rap Sheet.
Records of Level 2 screenings are private and may not be disclosed to anybody save the person who underwent the screening. The processing of the screening will be delayed because AHCA will use the address provided to FDLE to send certified mail to the person who passed the screening if more information is required. If delays occur, the employer ought to get in touch with the person being checked. Please be aware that the Livescan service provider may take up to 72 business hours to send the fingerprints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
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