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Exclusions Program

Background Information

OIG has the authority to exclude individuals and entities from Federally funded health care programs pursuant to section 1128 of the Social Security Act (Act) (and from Medicare and State health care programs under section 1156 of the Act) and maintains a list of all currently excluded individuals and entities called the List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE). Anyone who hires an individual or entity on the LEIE may be subject to civil monetary penalties.

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Exclusion Authorities

OIG imposes exclusions under sections 1128 and 1156 of the Social Security Act.

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LEIE Online Searchable Database

The Online Searchable Database enables users to enter the name of an individual or entity and determine whether they are currently excluded. If a name match is made, the database can verify the match using a Social Security Number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN).

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LEIE Downloadable Databases

The Downloadable Database enables users to download the entire LEIE to a personal computer.

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LEIE Monthly Supplement Archive

Supplemental exclusion and reinstatement files are posted monthly on the OIG website so users can merge these files with a version of the LEIE that is stored on a computer.

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LEIE Quick Tips

Check these tips before performing a search using the Online Searchable Database or Downloadable Database.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about Exclusions? Check out common questions to see if the question and answer are listed here.

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Applying for Reinstatement

Reinstatement of an excluded individual or entity is not automatic once the specified period of exclusion ends. In order to participate in Medicare, Medicaid and all other Federal health care programs once the term of exclusion ends, the individual or entity must apply for reinstatement and receive written notice from OIG that reinstatement has been granted.

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Waivers

OIG has the authority to waive an individual's or entity's exclusion participation in the Federal health care programs. A waiver may be requested only by the administrator of a Federal health care program. Excluded individuals or entities may not request a waiver from OIG.

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Special Advisory Bulletin and Other Guidance

The Office of Inspector General has issued a Special Advisory Bulletin and other guidance related to the Exclusions program.

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Contact the Exclusions Program

The Exclusions Branch is available to answer questions regarding the LEIE. Please review the FAQs before contacting OIG.

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