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Reference Checks

Sanctions, OIG, FACIS, NPDB, Risk & Compliance

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Including sanctions background checks as part of your overall employment screening program is a quick and effective way to verify applicant integrity and meet hiring regulations.  Insight helps companies in financialgovernmenthealthcare and technology industries manage their risk and compliance programs by offering government sanctions background checks in critical and sensitive areas.


FACIS is a vast database detailing improper actions of individuals and entities sanctioned in the healthcare field. This includes information on disciplinary actions ranging from exclusions and debarments to letters of reprimand and probation. It is widely used by hospitals, pharmacies, healthcare systems, insurance companies and home health companies in order to meet state and federal hiring regulations.

SterlingBackcheck offers employee background investigations at various FACIS screening levels.

  • FACIS Level 1 – SterlingBackcheck offers a search of federal data that is generally considered to be the baseline search for exclusions screening as outlined by the DHHS - OIG Guidance, DHHS - CMS Guidance to the State Medicaid Directors and under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010. Searches are performed against OIG, GSA, SAM, FDA and many other federal agency sources of information.
  • FACIS Level 1M – This search includes all federal Level 1 data plus state FHEP related data, including information from state offices of the Medicaid Inspector General or equivalent (26 states), state’s Attorneys General, the Medicaid task force (“HEAT”) content and any state level contractor or procurement debarment data. FACIS Level 1M search is now considered the minimal “best practice” due to recent changes in the federal guidelines and under some states regulatory schemes.
  • FACIS Level 2 – This search includes all data in Level 1 and other federal sources, in addition to sources from an individual state. This search meets the minimum federal requirements and provides limited state-licensure protection.
  • FACIS Level 3 – This search includes all Level 2 data, plus more than 800 sources from all 50 states. While this search exceeds minimum federal requirements, it offers full coverage for a high-level risk management policy.


Another widely used investigation tool for hospitals, pharmacies, insurance companies and other companies in the healthcare field is an OIG investigations background check.  Through its OIG investigations background check, Insight identifies individuals who have been sanctioned for identity theft or abusing the government healthcare and welfare systems.


Through OFAC, the U.S. Treasury Department administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. Of specific interest to OFAC are countries and individuals engaged in terrorism, international narcotics trafficking, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States.

By incorporating this sanctions background check into your employment screening, Insight can identify whether any job candidate is on the government’s OFAC watch list. This employment investigation is especially relevant to multinational companies or companies hiring foreign staff.


Congress created the NPDB in response to increasing medical malpractice litigation and the need to ensure high quality of care.  Insight uses the NPDB database to perform comprehensive sanctions background checks and to identify physicians and other healthcare practitioners who have been reported as incompetent or have engaged in unprofessional activities.  As part of a comprehensive background check, this sanctions check is intended to augment, not replace, traditional forms of credentials review.


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