We’re also concerned that, amid this week’s developments, the UMMS board decided to reinstate four members who had gone on leave because of contracts they or their companies had with the system. In all four cases, the contracts were at least at one point competitively bid and involved services the system actually needed. Nonetheless, their restoration to the board sends a mixed message. UMMS reform legislation passed this year will force them and all other incumbent board members to resign; for the sake of a clean break, we urge Governor Hogan not to reappoint them. And the case of one of them, former state Sen. Francis X. Kelly, touches on another governance flaw. State law has long limited board members to no more than two terms of five years, but in his case and others, that has been ignored. Excessive coziness between the board and those it is supposed to be governing is at the heart of the UMMS scandal, and indefinite terms for board members are part of that problem.