President Bush nominated General Services Administration Inspector General Daniel Levinson as the new HHS inspector general. If confirmed by the Senate, Levinson will replace Dara Corrigan, who has served as acting chief deputy inspector general since the resignation of her predecessor, Janet Rehnquist, more than a year ago. Levinson, 55, previously served as chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, a quasi-judicial agency that protects federal employees from partisan political practices and management abuses, and as general counsel to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and as deputy counsel to the Office of Personnel Management. Modern Healthcare reported June 7 that Levinson was the expected choice to replace Corrigan. More about Levinson can be read at our Web site, www.modernhealthcare.com.
In other HHS news, an investigation by the inspector general's office found that one or more surveys used by the CMS for its nursing home quality Web site were missing from 19% of nursing homes. The inspector general's office said the Web site was valuable for consumers but limited in its usefulness because of the missing data and because of concerns that other data may be inaccurate. In a letter to CMS Administrator Mark McClellan, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) urged the agency to "step up to the plate and address the concerns." The site is part of a larger CMS effort to publicize information about the quality of healthcare providers. -- by Mark Taylor and Tony Fong