Jack Hartwig, a name familiar to providers accused of fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid billing schemes, has been appointed deputy inspector general for criminal investigations in HHS' inspector general's office.
Hartwig, 47, replaces Larry Morey, who retired from the position in March after a 10-year stint.
One of Hartwig's numerous law enforcement positions within the federal government was assistant regional inspector general for investigations in Philadelphia. He held the post from 1984 to 1989, when he was promoted to the position of regional inspector general for investigations.
During his tenure, the inspector general's office in Philadelphia along with the U.S. attorney's office in Harrisburg, Pa., initi ated several aggressive investigations of provider billing practices.
One investigation involved a systematic audit of Medicaid emergency department bills submitted by hospitals. Another, now under way, involves hospitals' billing procedures for Medicare outpatients (Jan. 2, p. 3).