State: UMass Medical bonuses improperly documented

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BOSTON (AP) — The state auditor is asking questions about $2 million in bonuses given to top University of Massachusetts Medical School officials that were not properly documented.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump’s office says the bonuses were given over a three-year period and include $367,500 in payments to the Worcester school’s chancellor, Michael Collins, whose salary last year was more than $800,000.

The audit released Thursday found that there was no written documentation concerning the payouts, “including an employment contract that established official criteria for such payments.”

The bonuses are part of an incentive compensation plan.

UMass Medical said documentation was insufficient because of a learning curve that occurred after the first payments were made in 2010.

A spokeswoman says the school has “adjusted our practices” to make sure payouts are properly documented

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