Top coun­sel for HHS’ in­spec­tor gen­eral to re­tire

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A long­time leader and an ad­vo­cate of ed­u­cat­ing providers on reg­u­la­tory com­pli­ance at the HHS in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice will re­tire next month. Lewis Mor­ris, chief coun­sel for HHS’ in­spec­tor gen­eral, will step down af­ter ad­vis­ing the of­fice for 25 years. He will be re­placed April 1 by veteran of­fi­cial Gre­gory Demske, as­sis­tant in­spec­tor gen­eral for le­gal af­fairs who joined the of­fice in 1990. “Lew Mor­ris has been a tire­less guardian of our fed­eral health­care pro­gram for a gen­er­a­tion,” Daniel Levin­son, HHS’ in­spec­tor gen­eral, said in an e-mailed state­ment. “His ded­i­ca­tion to pro­gram in­tegrity is leg­endary, and his per­se­ver­ance in ad­vanc­ing in­no­va­tive and ef­fec­tive an­tifraud strate­gies will ben­e­fit Medi­care and Med­i­caid for many years to come.” Mor­ris as­sisted in health­care fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tions, as well as crim­i­nal, civil and ad­min­is­tra­tive pros­e­cu­tions. His of­fice was charged with de­cid­ing whether to ex­clude health­care providers found to have en­gaged in fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties from par­tic­i­pa­tion in fed­eral and state health­care pro­grams and ne­go­ti­at­ing cor­po­rate in­tegrity agree­ments used when ex­clu­sion was not sought. Mor­ris also led the is­suance of com­pli­ance pro­gram guid­ance and ad­vi­sory opin­ions, and he fre­quently tes­ti­fied be­fore Congress about the in­spec­tor gen­eral’s ini­tia­tives.

Mor­ris will be step down as chief coun­sel af­ter 25 years.

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