September 29, 2022
AHCA Hurricane Ian Information for Providers
Emergency Order AHCA No. 22-001 for Background Screening
To address the ability of facilities to hire staff at this critical time and recognizing the inability to obtain timely fingerprints for background screening, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has issued Emergency Order AHCA No. 22-001, which expires 30 days from the date of the order. This order establishes the following guidelines for health care providers.
When a criminal background check is required, a provider must first review the Clearinghouse Results Website to verify if the candidate has a current Level 2 screening.
If the candidate does not have a current Level 2 screening or the provider is not able to initiate an Agency Review or Resubmission on the candidate in the Clearinghouse Results Website, then the provider must make every effort to find a Livescan Service Provider that will process fingerprints for a Level 2 screening.
If the candidate is not in the Clearinghouse and they are unable to initiate Level 2 screening due to the inability to access a Livescan site to be fingerprinted, then the provider should request a Level 1 screening and follow the steps available here: Florida Criminal History Record Check
1135 Blanket Waiver Requests for Hurricane Ian
For information concerning blanket waiver requests for Hurricane Ian please visit Blanket_Waiver_Requests_for_Hurricane_Ian.pdf
Emergency Patient Look-Up System (E-PLUS)
AHCA has activated E-PLUS and 25 county special needs shelters are able to utilize the system to retrieve patient medical records. E-PLUS is also available to assist medical providers and emergency response personnel with locating missing or displaced persons after the storm. Staff are available to assist with questions or to provide additional information on E-PLUS via email at: E-PLUS@ahca.myflorida.com.
Please continue to visit the Agency’s Hurricane Ian webpage for continual updates as information becomes available.