How to Search the OIG’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE)

The Office of Physician Billing Compliance advises against hiring or contracting with persons or businesses that appear on the List of Excluded Individuals & Entities (LEIE) maintained by the DHHS Office of Inspector General (OIG). Each manager is responsible for searching the LEIE prior to offering a job or contract to potential faculty or staff. When a positive identity match is verified, the applicant should be considered disqualified. To search the database, follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Go to http://exclusions.oig.hhs.gov/
  2. In the search fields, type in the applicant’s last name, then first name, or first letter of first name. (When the first name is a common one, such as Bob, it may have several variations or spellings, such as Bob or Bobby or Bobbie or Robert or Rob. In these instances, it is best to enter just the first letter of the first name.)

                      EXAMPLE: Enter in the name search fields as follows: 
                      Last Name — SMITH 
                      First Name — D

3. After entering the names in the search fields, click on the “Search” button.

4. If there is a matching name in the Exclusions database, it will be listed in the search results table. Find the name on         the list that you wish to verify. The last column will list  either “N/A” indicating that the social security number (SSN)       is not available in the database, or it will list “verify” indicating that the SSN is available in the database.

a) If “verify” appears in the last column, proceed as follows:

  • Click on “verify.” A preliminary report will appear on the next screen.
  • In the lower left corner of the report, there is a field labeled SSN/EIN. Enter the applicant’s social security number in this field, (or enter your own SSN as a test), and then click on the verify button.
  • An exclusion report will appear on the next screen. The first line at the top of the page will tell you if the SSN that you entered does, or does not, match. Print this report, and keep it on file.
  • If the SSN DOES MATCH, this confirms that the person has been excluded from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, and other Federal health care programs. Employment or contract offers should not be extended to these excluded individuals.

b) If “N/A” appears in the last column, proceed as follows:

  • Click on “N/A.” The exclusion report will appear on the next screen.
  • Print the exclusion report, and keep it on file.
  • Notice the date of the exclusion and the address and state where the exclusion occurred.
  • Check the applicant’s resume to see where he/she lived and worked at the time of the exclusion.
  • If the locations match, do not extend a job offer or a contract offer.