Changes in law passed during the 2012 legislative session significantly modifies background screening for many service providers regulated by a variety of state agencies including health care providers licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) under Chapter 408, Part II, Florida Statutes (F.S.).
House Bill 943 created a “Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse” or “Clearinghouse.” The purpose of the Clearinghouse is to provide a single data source for background screening results of persons required to be screened by law for employment in positions that provide services to children, the elderly, and disabled individuals. The Clearinghouse shall allow the results of criminal history checks to be shared among specified agencies when a person has applied to volunteer, be employed, be licensed, or enter into a contract that requires a state and national fingerprint-based criminal history check. (Section 435.12, Florida Statutes).