Via the New York Times, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey is in deep:
UMDNJ effectively becomes the first public university in the nation to be placed under federal oversight, according to a Justice Department spokesman in Washington. With its five regional campuses, more than 4,500 students and a $1.6 billion annual budget, UMDNJ is the nation's largest health care university.Visit Health Care Renewal, who's been following the case for awhile, for more.
If criminal charges had been brought, the university would be disqualified from receiving the federal aid that makes up much of its budget.
For nearly a year, federal agents have been investigating accusations that administrators at the university doled out patronage jobs and tens of millions of dollars in no-bid contracts to their political allies, sometimes for work that was not performed.
In the meantime, I have a question for the seasoned health policy vets: there appears to be a large number of improper conduct events lately -- Vioxx, Guidant, Cleveland Clinic, Aubrey Blumsohn, and now UMDNJ. Are there more incidents than usual, or is this standard corruption fare?