The federal monitor overseeing the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has given a clean bill of health to the much-changed institution, saying the monitorship will not be extended.
The U.S. attorney also will seek dismissal of the criminal complaint filed against UMDNJ in December 2005. Though many of the changes are still in process, From the top down, UMDNJ has undergone major personnel, policy and cultural changes, the monitor said. Perhaps most importantly, we believe that UMDNJ can now conduct its business honestly and legally.
Still the medical school has challenges going forward, including the transition of 42 investigations of alleged misconduct. In the future, UMDNJ must conduct a nationwide search for a new compliance leader and continue to implement reforms in the purchasing and materials management area as well as compliance.
In a written statement, UMDNJ officials expressed gratitude for the federal oversight and said, We still have work to do. UMDNJ officials also noted that compliance officer Michael Clarke has left to resume his career in the private sector and New Jersey Dental School Professor Robert Montgomery, who had been found to be practicing dentistry without a license, was terminated on Oct. 26. UMDNJ has been operating under the oversight of a federal monitor since 2005 to avert criminal prosecution for healthcare fraud. -- by Cinda Becker