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What do the various levels of FACIS mean and which level is recommended for monitoring?

FACIS® Levels

FACIS® is separated into four levels that allow you to screen employees and vendors against different primary sources for exclusions, debarments, sanctions, and disciplinary actions.

FACIS® Level 1 meets the federal government’s minimum requirements as outlined in the OIG’s Compliance Program Guidance and includes: OIG, GSA, DEA, FDA, PHS, ORI, TRICARE and OFAC-SDN data (federal only) and Medicare Opt-Out.

FACIS® Level 1M is the recommended baseline and minimally required compliance search for candidates employed by organizations receiving government funding and includes: FACIS® Level 1 plus State Medicaid sanctions, 42 HEAT sources and 51 AG Notice and Release sources, and state-level procurement/contractor debarment sources.

FACIS® Level 2 brings into focus a specified state and includes: FACIS® Level 1 / 1M as well as additional state-level board / source information for one specified state.

FACIS® Level 3 is the gold standard of sanction and exclusionary searches. It includes: All sources included in FACIS 1 / 1M / 2 and the sanctioning boards from all 56 U.S. jurisdictions across all provider types. This accesses more than 3,000 sources.

At a minimum, FACIS® Level 1M, satisfies the recommendations set forth by the OIG and CMS by screening employees for federal and state exclusions and debarments, however many of our clients feel that the best practice is to take a more assertive approach by monitoring employees through FACIS® Level 3, because it protects them from the potential negative ramifications of employing individuals or vendors who are sanctioned by a state-level licensing board.