The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) won’t have a federal monitor next year.
U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, who entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the university two years ago after it admitted to committing Medicare fraud, said in a letter to the school’s president and chairman of the board of trustees that he planned to end federal oversight.
Former judge Herbert J. Stern’s contract to oversee the university’s budget and operations is set to expire at the end of this year.
“We are confident that at this time law breaking has ended at UMDNJ,” wrote Christie. “…We are proud of the fact that UMDNJ has been held responsible for its wrongdoing and been forced to achieve substantial remediation.”
In the letter, Christie cited improvements still needed in the university’s ethics compliance system, said that his office is still reviewing aspects of its cardiac program and noted that the school’s dispute with the University Physicians Association is still not resolved.
But although he offered to extend the deferred prosecution agreement with the university, its board opted not to.
“We take this as a very positive sign. It tells the office and the Monitor that the Board, management and the State of New Jersey believe that UMDNJ is prepared and committed to finish the needed reforms without the need for federal oversight,” wrote Christie.