A background check is common when you’re applying for a job, but it should never be performed without your permission. The information screened depends on the company you are applying to. Healthcare organizations ask for all types of information such as drug screenings, criminal registries, employment, educational history, etc.
Insurance and drug credit reporting include a check on consumers' medical records, previous life, health, disability, or long-term care insurance applications. Drug histories require a check on consumers’ prescription claims from pharmacies and health insurance companies. It is important to complete a background check to determine any errors that new insurance applications may contain.
Unfortunately, there are increased chances of a mistake or error occurring in these reports. These can be due to a human error, a computer failure, identity theft, wrong information being entered, etc. A common and major error in these checks is merging files, which means a file is mixed up with another individual due to similar names. Whether the errors are intentional or accidental, the applicant will have to face grave consequences unless it is fixed.
Mistakes on the part of these medical screening companies can destroy your career. If you don't have a history of drugs, a mix-up with another person's file can prevent you from getting a job and ruin your reputation and years of hard work in the healthcare space.
If you feel wronged by your employer, you have all the right to fight back and get your report changed. The employer must provide you a copy of the report so you can examine it properly, and they are also entitled to give you a summary of your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). If both are missing, you can take action against your employer and the background check company.
If you cannot get your errors fixed, contact Consumer Attorneys for a free case review.
Here's a list of the most common medical screening companies: