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WAC 388-76-10174

Background checkDisclosure of informationSharing of background information by health care facilities.

In accordance with RCW 43.43.832 a health care facility may share Washington state background check results with other health care facilities under certain circumstances. Results of the national fingerprint-based background check may not be shared. For the purposes of this section health care facility means a nursing home licensed under chapter 18.51 RCW, an assisted living facility licensed under chapter 18.20 RCW, or an adult family home licensed under chapter 70.128 RCW.
(1) A health care facility may, upon request from another health care facility, share completed Washington state background check results only if:
(a) The health care facility sharing the background check information is reasonably known to be the person's most recent employer;
(b) No more than twelve months has elapsed between the date the person was last employed at a licensed health care facility and the date of the person's current employment application; and
(c) The background check is no more than two years old.
(d) The adult family home has no reason to believe the individual has a disqualifying criminal conviction or pending charge for a disqualifying crime under chapter 388-113 WAC, or a negative action listed in WAC 388-76-10180.
(2) If background check information is shared, the health care facility employing the subject of the check must require the applicant to sign a disclosure statement indicating that there has been no conviction or finding as described in WAC 388-76-10180 since the completion date of the most recent background check.
(3) Any health care facility that knows or has reason to believe that an applicant has or may have a disqualifying criminal conviction or pending charge for a disqualifying crime under chapter 388-113 WAC, or negative action listed in WAC 388-76-10180, after the completion date of their most recent background check:
(a) Cannot rely on the applicant's previous employer's background check information; and
(b) Must request a new background check as required by this chapter.
(4) Health care facilities that share background check information shall be immune from any claim of defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence, or any other claim in connection with any dissemination of this information in accordance with this section.
(5) Health care facilities must send and receive the background check information in a manner that reasonably protects the subject's rights to privacy and confidentiality.
(6) In accordance with RCW 74.39A.210, a home that discloses information about a former or current employee to certain types of prospective employers is presumed to act in good faith and is immune from civil and criminal liability for such disclosure or its consequences.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.39A.056 and chapters 74.34, 18.20 RCW. WSR 14-14-028, § 388-76-10174, filed 6/24/14, effective 7/25/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.128.040, chapter 74.39A RCW. WSR 10-16-082, § 388-76-10174, filed 7/30/10, effective 1/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.128.040. WSR 09-03-030, § 388-76-10174, filed 1/12/09, effective 2/12/09.]
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