HHS' inspector general's office is losing another high-ranking official with the planned May 2 departure of its chief of industry guidance, Kevin McAnaney, 53. McAnaney, who was responsible for special advisory opinions and fraud alerts, will enter solo private practice in Washington. He said changes at the inspector general's office had nothing to do with his decision. "I've been seeking a new challenge for a while now; the timing seemed right," he said. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has questioned the high turnover of senior staffers since HHS Inspector General Janet Rehnquist took office in August 2001. Rehnquist said she has promoted from within the agency and that a number of departures were retirements by staffers with decades of service. She praised McAnaney as the architect of much of the industry guidance her office has issued, adding, "I appreciate all he has done to educate providers and combat fraud and abuse." Mac Thornton, former chief counsel to the inspector general and now in private practice, said McAnaney is largely responsible for the success of the advisory opinion process. -- by Mark Taylor
HHS inspector general to lose another top official
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