I contacted this "consumer reporting service" and received information from a pleasant administrative assistant today.
I suggest that one should call and verify if any information has been posted in this data collection system before initiating further action. Not every hospital, home health agency, or business that employs healthcare workers subscribes to this business.
Keep in mind, some of these businesses are based outside the D/FW area and can utilize this system as a pre-employment screening tool if one is seeking employment in another state (ex., Columbia/HCA or whatever name they are using at this time).
A written request providing full name, ssn, dob, daytime telephone number, printed name and signature by the requestor to Group One will help to obtain this information. If you haven't been refused employment within the last 60 days there is a cost of $9.00 (as of this date - 3/20/04).
The information can be disputed. If the former employer is unwilling to modify or remove the information, you are allowed 100 words or less to be posted as an explanation.
I can understand the purpose of a "reporting" service.
Let us hope this Dallas/FW system is used for good not evil.
Here are the web sites - Good Luck.