The U.S. Senate Finance Committee is probing allegations of waste and fraud at New Jersey's public medical school and seeking "assurances that the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey is on the right track toward reversing governance problems that led to allegations of serious Medicaid and Medicare fraud and mismanagement." In a letter to New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley and ranking member Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) asked their former Senate colleague to provide details of his actions to correct problems at the school "to ensure that the UMDNJ is free from corruption and fraud." In a separate letter to CMS Administrator Mark McClellan, they asked for all audit and inspection reports of the school's facilities since 1999, as well as any complaints received. A UMDNJ spokeswoman said university officials had no comment on the letter. Last year, UMDNJ averted criminal prosecution for healthcare fraud by agreeing to a series of financial, management and personnel reforms, and to reimburse the state and federal governments a total of $4.9 million. -- by Cinda Becker
Senate probing waste, fraud at N.J. med school
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