For years it has been recommended that prior to hiring a new employee the facility policy require that the LEIE database be checked. This database provides insight into a perspective employees background and their ability to care for the frail elderly. The OIG has released an updated exclusion list and it is available for you to access at http://oig.hhs.gov/exclusions/exclusions_list.asp_list.asp. If you should have any questions regarding the LEIE website and OIG exclusions please feel free to contact your Evolucent risk manager at 734.996.2700.
The US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its updated List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) database file, which reflects all OIG exclusions and reinstatement actions up to, and including, those taken in November 2015. This new file is meant to replace the updated LEIE database file available for download last month. Individuals and entities that have been reinstated to the federal health care programs are not included in this file.
The updated files are posted on OIG’s website at http://www.oig.hhs.gov/exclusions/exclusions_list.asp, and healthcare providers have an “affirmative duty” to check to ensure that excluded individuals are not working in their facilities or face significant fines. Instructional videos explaining how to use the online database and the downloadable files are available at http://oig.hhs.gov/exclusions/download.asp. Given the penalties and recent government warnings, long term care providers should check the LEIE on a regular basis.