With little fanfare, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced it was migrating data from the well-known Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) to a new and more comprehensive system called the System for Award Management (SAM). This was done in an effort to streamline the federal government contracting process. Those outside the federal contracting process received little notice that the EPLS, used by most health care providers to screen for excluded individuals and entities, has now become obsolete. This change without adequate notification has left many in the health care compliance industry scrambling to figure out how to access the exclusion list at at time when compliance with sanction screening requirements is imperative.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in the November-December Edition of the Journal of Health Care Compliance. Published here with permission.
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