Directs the Secretary of HHS to establish a nationwide program to identify efficient, effective, and economical procedures for long-term care facilities or providers to conduct background checks on prospective direct patient access employees (“nationwide program”). Stipulates that, subject to certain modifications, such program is to be implemented in accordance with similar terms and conditions as the pilot program authorized at section 307 of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). Specifies payments to newly-participating and previously-participating states.
Directs the OIG to conduct an evaluation of the nationwide program not later than 180 days after the completion of the program. Requires HHS to notify Treasury of the amounts necessary to conduct the nationwide program over the FY 2010-2012 period, though indicates that such funds may not exceed $160 million. Provides for the transfer of such funds from Treasury to HHS to carry out this initiative with a reserve set-aside ($3 million) to conduct the evaluation noted above.