Making a decision to hire, outsource, or partner with individuals or organizations is serious business. It is important to check résumés, curricula vitae, applications, and references. Guidance issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in a May 2013 bulletin is a reminder that there are other considerations. In particular, the bulletin offers guidance on the scope and frequency of required screening to determine if employees and contractors are excluded from serving an organization that receives payment for health care services from federal health care programs.

Following are key points on this topic in a question-and answer format. This article is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Physicians and administrators should always seek advice from a licensed attorney in their state concerning questions of compliance with federal and state regulations. To read the special advisory bulletin in full, see http://oig.hhs.gov/exclusions/advisories.asp.

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