Many organizations follow the Office of General Inspector’s (OIG) minimum requirement of verifying prior to employment, and on an annual basis, that an individual does not appear on the OIG List of Excluded Individuals (LEIE) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) System for Award Management (SAM) (includes Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)).
Federal sanction list checks may not be enough to protect health care organizations from serious risks and penalties because they are updated intermittently, leaving gaps in time between when an individual is sanctioned and when that information is added to the lists. To minimize the risk of employing a sanctioned or excluded party, organizations are using FACIS® (Fraud and Abuse Control Information System).
Screening existing staff has becoming more challenging now that some states are requiring more frequent sanction screening. Ongoing screening helps to ensure that organizations are notified when an individual appears on a sanction list. When continuous screening is enabled, compliance officers can choose the timing of the screening, e.g., continuous, monthly or quarterly, enabling an organization to more easily run continued sanctions checks and comply with potential changes in the required frequency of checks.