Officials at the state's University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) continue to struggle with the fallout from a massive corruption scandal. This week, a federal monitor concluded that the school ad billed Medicare and Medicaid almost $36 million and paid $5.7 million in illegal fees to physicians since 2002, stating that illegal activity continues "to this day." Monitor Herbert J. Stern found that the school had given several cardiologists no-show teaching jobs at a not-so-invisible $150,000 per year in exchange for referring their patients to the facility. Last December, the school faced charges that it had double-billed Medicaid for about $5 million worth of procedures, and to resolve them, agreed to submit to monitoring. More recently, UMDNJ paid $2.2 million to settle a whistleblower suit, but the monitor found that the school had neither gotten proper authorization for the payout nor reported it to the government.
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