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Healthcare Screening: MedData Outperforms FACIS at a Fraction of the Cost

Updated: Feb 8

In today's rigorous healthcare environment, proper employee screening is crucial. The Federal and State sanctions and exclusions lists exist to ensure that individuals and entities involved in healthcare fraud or convicted of certain crimes do not continue to pose a risk to patient safety.

The FACIS (Fraud and Abuse Control Information System) is a well-known tool for this screening. However, at Global Background Screening, we’ve revolutionized the healthcare screening process with our MedData Level I and MedData Level III searches, offering a powerful, affordable alternative to traditional FACIS searches.

What Sets MedData Apart?

Comprehensive Healthcare Screening: Much like FACIS Level I search, FACIS Level II and FACIS level III, our MedData searches offer the same in-depth screening. However, they come at a much more affordable rate. This ensures that you get top-notch results without breaking the bank.

No Hidden Fees: We pride ourselves on transparency. Unlike many other screening companies, we have no account setup fees and no yearly fees. This is possible due to our state-of-the-art data management system. Check out our Healthcare Screening Checkout page for easy, direct access to our services.

Customizable Drug Screening Options: Alongside our MedData searches, we offer comprehensive drug screens, including 5 panel urine, 10 panel urine, 12 panel urine, 5 panel hair follicle test, and a unique option to create your own drug panel. For a detailed look into what each panel tests for, check out our Ultimate Employer Guide to Drug Testing.

Partnerships with Leading Labs: We're partnered with top-tier labs like Quest and Labcorp. This ensures our clients have access to the most extensive network of labs in the USA.

According to HealthIT, comprehensive background screening, especially in the healthcare sector, not only ensures the safety of patients but also helps in maintaining the integrity and reputation of healthcare institutions. And as emphasized by NCBI, proper screening can greatly reduce liabilities and risks associated with healthcare fraud.

MedData Level II vs. FACIS Level II: A Comprehensive Insight

When discussing MedData Level II, it is designed to be the equivalent of the FACIS Level II search. Both are centered on the minimum standards detailed in the Office of Inspector General Compliance Program Guidance.

A MedData Level II search encompasses:

Federal Databases: This incorporates Systems for Award Management (SAM) which is maintained by the General Service Administration. SAM is essential because it consolidates federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one accessible system.

List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE): Maintained by the Office of the Inspector General, this list is pivotal for identifying individuals and entities that are excluded from participating in Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal healthcare programs.

State-specific Databases: Only when they are pertinent and accessible. These databases often house vital information about healthcare professionals' licensing, any disciplinary actions, and more.

MedData Level III vs. FACIS Level III: Coverage

MedData Level III is our answer to the comprehensive FACIS Level III. It includes all the screenings present in Level II, and much more. The search provides a wealth of records and databases, making it the most in-depth search available for healthcare professionals and entities.

A MedData Level III (Equivalent to FACIS Level III) search offers:

Historical Data: It reaches as far back as 1992, ensuring that no stone is left unturned when investigating a healthcare professional or entity. (However, there are state specific limitations on the scope of search and records will be filtered according to Federal law)

Constant Monitoring: After the initial screening, continuous monitoring is available, ensuring that any new data or discrepancies are immediately identified.

Extensive Database Checks: This includes verifications against databases in all 50 states like:

  • OIG (Office of Inspector Generalfaci)

  • SAM (including SDN)

  • FDA Disbarment

  • DEA


  • FBI

  • U.S. DOJ

  • U.S. Treasury Dept

  • U.S. State Dept

State-level Federal Healthcare Entitlement Program (FHEP) sources: This covers areas such as:

  • State Medicaid Exclusions

  • State Contractor Disqualification/Debarment Lists

  • HEAT Task Force News

  • State Attorney General News

  • Federal District – Attorney General News

  • Medicare Medicaid Opt-Out Lists.

With over tens of thousands of records added monthly, this rigorous search method ensures that the healthcare providers' credentials, history, and potential risks are thoroughly vetted.

Typical Employee Positions for a MedData Search I & II (Equivalent to FACIS Level I and Level II):

  • Entry-Level Healthcare Workers: Such as administrative assistants, clerks, and other non-clinical staff who will not be directly involved in patient care but still work within the healthcare setting.

  • Volunteers: People who may be assisting in healthcare institutions on an unpaid or semi-paid basis.

  • Third-party Vendors: Suppliers, consultants, or other third-party associates who have a contractual relationship with the healthcare institution but are not directly involved in patient care.

  • Temporary or Contract Workers: Those engaged on a short-term basis and may have limited access to patients.

  • Interns or Trainees: Those who are still undergoing training or are in the initial stages of their healthcare careers.

Typical Employees Requiring MedData Search III (Equivalent to FACIS Level III):

  • Medical Practitioners: Such as doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and any other high-level medical professionals.

  • Nursing Professionals: Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), nurse practitioners, and other advanced nursing roles.

  • Allied Health Professionals: Physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, radiologists, lab technicians, and more.

  • Pharmacists: Both those working in hospitals and in retail settings.

  • Medical Specialists: Cardiologists, neurologists, pediatricians, gynecologists, and other specialty roles.

  • Mental Health Professionals: Psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers.

  • Dentistry Professionals: Dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, dental hygienists, and dental assistants.

  • Contracted Medical Professionals: Individuals or entities that provide specialized medical services on a contractual basis.

  • Executive Roles: High-level administrative roles like hospital CEOs, CMOs, CFOs, and other top executive roles who play critical decision-making roles in healthcare institutions.

  • Research Professionals: Individuals involved in clinical trials, medical research, and other areas where an in-depth background check is essential due to the sensitivity and significance of their work.

  • Home Healthcare Workers: Including those providing medical services in patients' homes, given the vulnerability of this patient group.

Why Choose Global Background Screening's MedData over FACIS?

Beyond the depth and thoroughness of our MedData searches, there are a few more advantages that set us apart:

  • Affordability: Despite offering a comprehensive search equivalent to FACIS, our MedData searches are considerably more affordable. This is a testament to our commitment to providing value without compromising on quality.

  • No Hidden Costs: We uphold a high standard of transparency. Unlike many competitors, there are no account setup fees or yearly fees with us.

  • Easy Access: Our Healthcare Screening Checkout page facilitates a smooth user experience. Additionally, our wide array of drug screening options ensures a holistic screening process. Dive into our Ultimate Employer Guide to Drug Testing for a detailed breakdown of our offerings.

In conclusion, healthcare institutions need a reliable, comprehensive, and cost-effective screening system. Global Background Screening's MedData checks all these boxes, offering an unmatched combination of efficiency, thoroughness, and affordability. Make the switch today and experience the difference.

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