The buck stops… where? Protecting yourself from your vendors.

Posted by Frank Strafford on March 17, 2015 in Uncategorized,

Are your vendors poised to dump your facility into hot water?

Not that we’re suspicious, you understand.

Your vendors are reputable — right?  And skilled.  And low-cost, to boot.  Surely, you did your due diligence on all of these counts before entering into contract with them.

But…

Does each one of your vendors perform an equally rigorous background check on each one of the many and varied individuals in their own employ?  Is it possible…could it happen…that one of those stellar companies unsuspectingly hired an excluded individual?

Protecting yourself from your vendorsOf course it’s possible.  It’s even probable.  Considering the skyrocketing numbers of excluded individuals, it’s virtually inevitable that amongst the hundreds of health care workers employed by your many vendors, there will be at least one excluded individual who slips through the cracks.  Unless, of course, the vendor has an airtight exclusion check policy in place.

Well, you are probably thinking, Why would I care?  If the vendor gets nabbed, he will have to carry the consequences; no skin off MY back.

If only it were that simple!

According to the law, facilities may be held responsible for all employees that provide services to their clients– even those employees provided through outside vendors.  Naturally, the Federal government will not provide reimbursement for services provided by excluded individuals, regardless of your facility’s innocence in shelling out those funds in advance.  Furthermore, it may hold you accountable for contracting with an excluded individual in the first place.

Happily, the solution is fairly simple; and here it is:

Merely insert a clause into all of your contracts, requiring the vendor to perform regular exclusion checks on its employees.  Furthermore, the contract would require the vendor to indemnify your facility, should they be caught with an excluded individual on staff.

It’s that easy.  Because compliance is all about the buck stopping HERE…long before it comes back to bite you.

About Frank Strafford

About Frank Strafford

Related Articles

Build Nurse Retention through Internal Branding

December 7, 2015

Reduce healthcare fraud and exclusions with this retention strategy: For more on exclusion visit our home page....

Boosting Client Data Protection

June 6, 2018

Streamline Verify takes data security very seriously. It maintains up-to-date security systems, performs enhancements as required and implements recommendations. The company is on track to integrate f...

Streamline Verify Supporting the Battle Against ...

April 26, 2021

In March 2020, the World Health Organization classified COVID-19 as a pandemic. The federal government declared a Public Health Emergency shortly thereafter. For the first time in a century, our count...

Understanding OIG Exclusions

OIG Exclusions Screening Process

Exclusion FAQS

Quick OIG Exclusion Basics

Employing Excluded Individuals

Consequences to Employing an Excluded Individual

OIG Compliance Law

Laws and Publications on OIG Compliance

More Compliance Resources

About Us

Industry leader Streamline Verify has been forging new paths in Exclusion Screening.

Trusted for Good Reason

  • ✓ Guaranteed accurate
  • ✓ Certified Secure
  • ✓ Audit Proof
  • ✓ Feature-rich reporting
  • ✓ Round the clock real-time-data
  • ✓ Processing fully automated

Security First

  • ✓ Cloud hosted
  • ✓ Encrypted data
  • ✓ Real-time backups

Trusted for Accuracy

  • ✓ Physical security
  • ✓ Restricted access
  • ✓ Single sign-on
  • ✓ Password security
  • ✓ Certified secure
  • ✓ Cross checking

HEALTHCARE ESTABLISHMENTS NATIONWIDE COUNT ON STREAMLINE VERIFY

5

60%

Average workload reduction by implementing the Streamline Verify program

5

10K

Establishments trust Streamline Verify nationwide

5

2011

Serving the healthcare industry’s unique compliance needs since 2011

5

24X

Setting standards with hourly synchronization to primary source data

[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]