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A-Check Global to Launch New Electronic Form I-9 on January 21, 2017

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In October, A-Check Global announced the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9 to be utilized by employers throughout the country.

 

The new form was recently-released and is now available for use. However, employers may continue to utilize the current version, dated March 8, 2013 N, until January 21, 2017. After January 21, the old version of the form will become invalid; making its use a violation of federal law with the potential to lead to various fines and/or civil/criminal penalties.

 

To remain in compliance with federal regulations, and to ensure we are meeting the regulatory needs of the professional communities we serve, A-Check Global will begin utilizing the revised Electronic Form I-9 on January 21, 2017. As of this date, we will discontinue the use of the old form, and will move forward with the adoption of all revisions and changes.

 

Upon launching the new form, A-Check Global will offer several resources to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for employers. However, those wishing to familiarize themselves with some of the most important changes prior to the release, should refer to key form revisions; including, but not limited to the following:

 

  • The replacement of the “Other Names Used” field in Section One (1) with “Other Last Names Used” in order to avoid possible discrimination issues, and to protect the privacy of transgender and other individuals who have changed their first names.
  • The modification of Section One (1) to request that aliens authorized to work record at least one of the following:
    • Alien Registration Number (A-Number)/USCIS Number OR
    • Form I-94 Admission Number OR
    • Foreign Passport Number & Country of Issuance.
  • The utilization of Preparers and Translators. If the employee does not use a Preparer or Translator to assist in completing Section One (1), he or she must indicate this by checking a box that states, “I did not use a Preparer or Translator.” In addition, the form enables the completion of multiple Preparers and Translators; each of whom must complete a separate Preparer and/or Translator Certification.
  • The prohibition of blank spaces. No blank spaces are allowed. If an employee does not provide any of the following information in Section One (1), he/she must enter N/A on the Form I-9.
    • Middle Initial
    • Other Last Names Used
    • Employment Authorization Expiration Date
    • Alien Registration/USCIS Number
    • Form I-94 Admission Number
    • Foreign Passport Number
    • Country of Issuance
    • E-mail Address
    • Telephone Number

 

For more information on Form I-9 Solutions, or A-Check Global’s launch of the new Electronic Form I-9, please contact our Client Relations Department at clientrelations@acheckglobal.com or 877-345-2021.

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Healthcare Exclusion Checks: New Year, New Opportunities

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It is a new year for healthcare industry employers, and with the refreshing new energy, comes the responsibility of ensuring healthcare exclusion monitoring is complete and up-to-date.

Healthcare exclusion checks exist for one primary reason: to determine whether or not a person is excluded from participation in providing services for employers or at facilities who receive federal funds.

According to the OIG website, individuals and entities on the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) are typically excluded for a number of reasons including, but not limited to the following:

Medicare or Medicaid fraud, offenses related to the delivery of items or services under Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, or other State health care programs; patient abuse or neglect; felony convictions for other health care-related fraud, theft, or other financial misconduct; and felony convictions relating to unlawful manufacture, distribution, prescription, or dispensing of controlled substances … misdemeanor convictions related to health care fraud other than Medicare or a State health program, fraud in a program (other than a health care program) funded by any Federal, State or local government agency; misdemeanor convictions relating to the unlawful manufacture, distribution, prescription, or dispensing of controlled substances; suspension, revocation, or surrender of a license to provide health care for reasons bearing on professional competence, professional performance, or financial integrity; etc.

Hiring or continuing to employ a person or persons who are excluded from Medicare, Medicaid and other federally-funded health care programs can pose significant risk to healthcare employers. Without conducting healthcare exclusion checks, employers run the risk of hiring or continuing to employ or contract with an excluded professional, which, according to an OIG Special Advisory Bulletin, means that no federal health care program payment may be made for any items or services furnished by, or at the medical direction/prescription of an excluded person. Additionally, employing or contracting excluded individuals may result in numerous penalties.

With the advent of the New Year, now is the perfect time for employers to be diligent and re-evaluate their screening processes.

Healthcare exclusion checks should always be performed prior to hiring a candidate. Additionally, industry best practice recommends employers screen current employees on a monthly, or at minimum, quarterly basis to ensure all staff members are in good standing to provide services for federally-funded programs. In addition, some states have additional excluded-parties databases and require additional screening to ensure compliance with state regulations for participation in providing services under specific programs.

A-Check Global partners with clients in the healthcare field to build comprehensive pre-hire and ongoing screening programs. These programs often include continuous exclusion list monitoring to aid in mitigating risk and ensure employers maintain a quality, qualified workforce.

If your company is interested in learning more about healthcare exclusion monitoring or establishing a screening program, please contact A-Check Global through our contact page, or by phone at 877-345-2021.