24 Apr, 2017

“Data security is necessarily a top priority” Interview with Keynote Speaker Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services

 -Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services

We are thrilled to announce the participation of Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services as our Keynote Speaker at Healthcare Providers Transformation Assembly this June. The assembly will be taking place June 5-6, 2017 at the Hutton Hotel, Nashville, TN.

Before the event, we sat down with Daniel to find out more about his role, HHS’ OIG 2017 priorities, the digital future of healthcare, and why he is excited for Healthcare Providers Transformation Assembly.


You’ve been the Inspector General for the HHS for over a decade.  What about the role has changed during that time, and how have these changes impacted your leadership style?

DL: Three big changes come to mind. First, overseeing a complex, data-driven, outcomes-focused health care system requires a multi-disciplinary approach that combines traditional areas of expertise, such as accounting, law, and investigations, with broader expertise in data science, clinical care, and social sciences such as economics. We are pulling together staff in these disciplines horizontally across the organization to provide smarter, more efficient, more effective, and more agile oversight.  Second, the growth and prevalence of health information technology have been transformative for us, both internally in how we conduct our work and externally in terms of new risk areas in the industry that are ripe for oversight. Third, we have increased our focus on fraud prevention and industry compliance to complement our fraud-fighting mission.


2016 was a busy year for the OIG, including the largest health care fraud takedown in history. What are the key priorities for HHS’ OIG in 2017?  

DL: HHS OIG oversees the Department of Health and Human Services’ over $1 trillion portfolio, so there are many important programs to oversee. Key priority areas for us with respect to health care include protecting beneficiaries from prescription drug abuse (including opioid abuse), reducing improper payments in home health, and strengthening the effectiveness of the state Medicaid Fraud Control Units. We will continue to focus on prevention, detection, and enforcement of Medicare fraud. We are keeping abreast of changes in Department programs and developing strategies to foster program integrity in new payment models and for the ever-expanding uses of technology.


Data security is a challenge for all companies looking to digitally transform. Can you tell us about the work of the Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership?  What about medical identity fraud? What role does data play in the fight against fraud?

DL: We are using data to improve our fraud prevention, detection, and enforcement efforts in multiple ways. For example, our data analysts use sophisticated modeling to detect aberrant patterns that indicate potential fraud. This enables us to deploy investigators more efficiently to follow up those leads. Data security is necessarily a top priority for our office, both with respect to government operations as well as the security of data as it is managed and moves between and among providers. The Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership is an important initiative that brings together government agencies and private payers to combat health care fraud through sharing data and information. At OIG, we address medical identity theft through investigative means and consumer education.


Healthcare is poised for digital transformation. What advice do you have for healthcare leaders looking to navigate this major industry shift? 

DL: I can tell you some of what we are doing. A high priority is ensuring that OIG has the right expertise to address the digital transformation and other important changes underway in this industry. For us, this means bringing to the table for almost all significant initiatives not only the traditional auditor, lawyer, evaluator, and investigator, but also data analysts, digital experts, statisticians, economists, clinicians, and others. We are finding that this multidisciplinary approach fosters creativity and vision needed to navigate the current health care industry and prepare for the future.


You get invited to speak at a lot of events. Why is it important to attend events like ours that bring together C-Level executives in an intimate setting?

DL: While I am fortunate to get many speaking invitations, this one offers me a rare opportunity to share perspectives with a cross-section of health care executives confronting leading challenges in this complex and fascinating industry.  We work to promote a more efficient and effective health care system that delivers top quality care to patients. But we can’t do this alone.  The C-suite is where corporate culture starts, and it is imperative that health care organizations have a strong culture of compliance. It goes without saying that C-Level executives set the tone from the top. I am looking forward to joining the group for an informative session.


ABOUT DANIEL R. LEVINSON

Daniel LevinsonDaniel R. Levinson has headed the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for over a decade. A lawyer and a certified fraud examiner, Mr. Levinson leads an independent and objective organization of more than 1,600 auditors, evaluators, investigators, and lawyers who oversee the integrity and efficiency of the Nation’s one trillion dollar annual investment in Federal health and human services programs. He is responsible for overseeing over 100 programs administered by HHS agencies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and National Institutes of Health.

Mr. Levinson participates in a number of interagency oversight entities and public-private partnerships. He serves on the Executive Council of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency and the governing body of the Health Care Fraud Prevention Partnership. In 2015, he was named a Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States. In 2011, he was appointed by President Obama to be a member of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board. Mr. Levinson also was a member of the Recovery Act Accountability and Transparency Board.

Mr. Levinson first entered Federal service in 1983 as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He thereafter served as General Counsel of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In 1986, he was appointed by President Reagan to be Chairman of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, a bi-partisan, quasi-judicial agency that adjudicates Federal civilian personnel appeals. Later in his career, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to be Inspector General of the U.S. General Services Administration beginning in 2001 and of HHS beginning in 2005.

Mr. Levinson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University, where he served as Notes and Comments Editor of The American Criminal Law Review.


ABOUT HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS TRANSFORMATION ASSEMBLY

Healthcare Providers Transformation AssemblyThe Millennium Alliance is pleased to announce that application for our biannual Healthcare Providers Transformation Assembly is now open. Join leaders from North America’s leading Health Systems at the Hutton Hotel on June 5-6, 2017 in Nashville, TN to discuss how the industry is adapting to a healthcare customer-centric transformation.

Health Systems are shifting to become more retail-focused as they respond to consumer demand for new technology, greater price transparency, and cost savings. Despite the unknown future of ACA, these customer-centric policies have never been more important. Businesses must address rapid innovation and competition from non-traditional players, but above all, they must continue to respond to empowered consumers as customer-centric transformation sweeps healthcare.

Through a series of executive education roundtables, keynote presentations, collaborative think tanks, educational workshops, and networking sessions offering insight into industry-specific topics and trends, will help you stay one step ahead.

This is not just another “Healthcare” event. If you work in a Hospital/ Health System and you are the Chief Information Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Information Medical Officer, Chief Innovation Officer or the Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, then you should be attending this event. Spaces are reserved for the best in the business. Enquire about attending here!

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