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No Exceptions! Effect of Exclusion from Participation in Federal Health Care Program

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In the past few years, we have seen an influx of complex regulations and increased litigation in the healthcare industry, making it increasingly difficult for companies to adhere to compliance best practices. Inadequate due diligence and negligent hiring practices in the healthcare sector harms not only an organization, but its patients as well. More often than not, poor hiring decisions are a contributing factor in the rise of lawsuits, medical malpractice claims and subsequent multimillion dollar settlements.

Is your business in the health care industry? Do you participate in any Federal health care programs? Are you aware of the screening requirements under the OIG/GSA?

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On May 8, 2013, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an Updated Special Advisory Bulletin on the Effect of Exclusion from Participation in Federal Health Care Programs. These guidelines recommend that health care providers screen their employees and contractors monthly to confirm that they are not on the OIG’s List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (EXCLUSION LIST), or avoid penalties and loss of funding.

Background Checks Hold Long-Term Care Employees to Higher Standards

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Proper and thorough employment screening is essential in any industry, and health care is no exception. Professionals who manage the health, wellness and long-term care of patients are tasked with particularly sensitive responsibilities, and the potential for abuse is enormous. In this light, background checks are a smart - and typically mandatory - move on the part of health care organizations that hope to maintain their reputations and protect the well-being of patients.

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