What is FACIS? A Guide to the Fraud Abuse Control Information System

May 5, 2020 | Exclusion Screening, Fraud / Waste / Abuse

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FACIS Level 1M Background Check

A FACIS Level 1M background check is the recommended baseline and minimally required compliance search for candidates employed by organizations that receive any government funding for state or federal health care programs.

FACIS Level 1M meets and exceeds the minimum standards set forth by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Compliance Program Guidance and screens employees for federal and state exclusions and debarments. Federal databases such as the Systems for Award Management (SAM) and the DHHS OIG List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) are included in the FACIS Level 1M background check.

FACIS Level 3 Background Check

As the industry gold standard, the FACIS Level 3 background check is the most comprehensive search and includes all federal and state-level exclusions and sanctions data. This includes data from more than 3,500 primary sources including aggregation of data from 2,500 state sources with state sanctioning boards from all 56 U.S. jurisdictions across all provider types.

Some of these state sources include:

  • State Medicaid Exclusions
  • State Contractor Disqualification/Debarment Lists
  • HEAT Task Force
  • State Attorney General
  • Federal District – Attorney General
  • Medicare Opt-Out Lists
  • Medicaid Exclusion Lists

In addition to the all-inclusive search across state databases, FACIS Level 3 also includes inquiries from all federal data sources including:

  • OIG
  • SAM (including SDN)
  • FDA Disbarment
  • DEA
  • GSA
  • FBI
  • U.S. DOJ
  • U.S. Treasury Dept
  • U.S. State Dept

Which Level of FACIS Search Does Your Organization Need?

Using the correct FACIS level to fit your organization’s needs is critical as it increases patient safety, maintains compliance, and avoids civil or monetary penalties. FACIS is the largest and most comprehensive sanction database in existence, and the most trusted data set for screening health care providers. It is continuously updated, undergoing rigid quality assurance.

At a minimum, FACIS Level 1M satisfies the requirements of the OIG and CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) by screening providers for federal and state exclusions, debarments, and disciplinary actions. However, most clients opt for the FACIS Level 3 background check as it is all-inclusive and protects them from employing individuals or vendors who are sanctioned by a state-level licensing board.

Verisys is proud to offer the most trusted data platform in health care. Verisys has an expansive data set, collecting longitudinal exclusion data since 1992. Verisys also consistently monitors and updates our database in near real-time (versus other companies which only do so monthly or quarterly) to ensure the highest security standards in the industry.

We are proud to provide the best data for patient and organization protection so that our health care systems can maintain compliance, avoid civil penalties, increase patient safety, and support their providers on the frontlines.

Juliette Willard Written by Juliette Willard
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