For your HHAs finanical health, OIG list is key when hiring new employees

HHAs should check the OIG’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) when hiring new employees. This is key to avoiding monetary penalties.   

Cooperative Home Care in Missouri agreed to pay $121,010 for employing an individual that it knew or should have known was excluded from participation in Federal health care programs, the OIG says.

And after it self disclosed conduct to the OIG, Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of Southern Florida Inc. in Florida,agreed to pay $73,428 for the same violation.  “Anyone who hires an individual or entity on the LEIE may be subject to civil monetary penalties,” the OIG warns on its website.

For those agencies who have never checked its contractors, employees and referring physicians,  go to http://exclusions.oig.hhs.gov/ Five names can be entered in at a time. There is also a searchable downloadable version.

Supplemental exclusion and reinstatement files are posted monthly on the OIG website so users can merge these files with a version of the List of Excluded Individuals and Entities that is stored on their computer and check monthly for any updates.

Selman-Holman & Associates, LLC is working on completing its compliance plan for home health agencies. We will perform compliance audits and provide the materials and education to implement your compliance plan.

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