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Federal Background Check Pilot Program


The Federal Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 created a pilot program to test whether establishing federal fingerprint-based background checks can reduce the incidence of abuse, neglect and misappropriation of resident funds. The pilot also studied the new policy's affordability, feasibility and effectiveness relative to alternative strategies for abuse and neglect prevention training.

Background Check Pilot Entities and Counties:

Wisconsin's pilot required long term care entities (nursing homes, long-term care hospitals, intermediate care facilities for persons with mental retardation, hospices, home health agencies, community based residential facilities housing more than 9 persons, personal care worker agencies) to conduct fingerprint-based federal background checks in four counties:

  • Dane from March 1, 2006 - September 30, 2007
  • Kenosha from March 1, 2006 - September 30, 2007
  • La Crosse from February 1, 2006 - September 30, 2007
  • Shawano from March 1, 2006 - September 30, 2007

Background Check Pilot Overview & Evaluation Information:

Background Check Pilot Training and Materials:

Abuse and Neglect Prevention Training:

Contacts for Questions:

Jan Navis
Training Coordinator
(608) 264-6748
(608) 264-6340 fax

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Last Revised: February 12, 2014