Outgoing HHS Watchdog Targeted Purdue, Paved ACA's Path

Law360 (April 5, 2019, 8:54 PM EDT) -- The longest-serving inspector general ever at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services leaves a legacy defined by aggressive action against Purdue Pharma early in the opioid crisis and relaxation of anti-fraud laws to support the Affordable Care Act’s transformative rollout, attorneys say.

Daniel R. Levinson announced on April 2 that he will soon resign after nearly 15 years atop HHS’ Office of Inspector General. His tenure was twice as long as any prior OIG boss and saw the 1,600-employee office play a starring role in health care investigations and policies of many stripes.

“He did oversee a very productive Office of...

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