Avoid these nightmare scenarios by ensuring your team leaves nothing unchecked before verifying compliance. Whether you need a partner to manage exclusion, license and disciplinary monitoring for you or you just need to make sure your team covers all the right bases, use the following information as a guide to comprehensive eligibility screening and compliance monitoring.
From national registries and provider databanks to the System for Award Management (SAM), along with numerous lists from OIG, CMS, DEA, FDA, FBI, IRS, and more, there are many federal sources to check – every single month. Some lists, such as the CMS Preclusion List, are only available to your organization under certain circumstances – whatever the case, if a list is available, your compliance team should check it. If you outsource, choose a partner whose platform can integrate and thoroughly search any list for excluded providers, and who can assure you they update those lists every day.
State & Local Sources
Your organization may be required to check all 41 state Medicaid sanction lists, but if not, you should still search in every possible state each individual has practiced or lived. Thorough screening means searching lists from state licensing and medical boards, as well as state and county disciplinary action lists and abuse registries (including state/local consumer affairs, addiction recovery lists and more). Checking all lists, not just the major ones, helps ensure compliance by alerting you to providers who may have had fines imposed or faced certain allegations but have not formally been sanctioned.
There are other lists that might not be as obvious, but are no less important to your compliance search. For example, checking the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF), run by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), helps rule out the possibility of hiding behind a deceased person’s social security number. For a broader search, the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) permanently stores records on medical malpractice payments and certain adverse actions related to healthcare practitioners, providers and suppliers. NPDB data can be verified using unique identifiers, such as SSN search, NPI search and date of birth search to assure accuracy.
From hiring attorneys with DoJ sanctions to contracting landscapers with EPA sanctions – and many layers in between – be sure your team screens vendors against SAM to detect disciplinary actions imposed by any government agency (not just health agencies). But they shouldn’t stop there: It’s important to check other sources as well, such as state and federal debarred lists.
Even in cases of relatively limited exposure, the implications of non-compliance can be devastating. Managing millions of records across many disparate sources every month – reviewing potential matches and ferreting out true matches – is a very time-consuming and detail-critical task. Fortunately, you have software and outsourcing options, like Vālenz Assurance solutions powered by EPStaffCheck™, to help you assure compliance with ease, for everyone’s peace of mind.