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Doctors Say Board Certification Re-Ups Break Antitrust Laws

Law360 (May 1, 2019, 8:50 PM EDT) -- Physicians accusing the American Board of Internal Medicine of illegally forcing them to regularly re-up board certifications are fighting to keep their antitrust suit afloat amid the organization’s attempt to dismantle their proposed class claims.

Four internists are challenging the board’s requirement that the certifications it offers to physicians in internal medicine must be updated every 10 years. The nonprofit built a monopoly on decades of selling lifelong certifications, the physicians contend, and they say the board is now illegally wielding that market power to make medical professionals fulfill time-consuming and costly follow-up requirements.

“Plain and simple, [maintenance of certification] is...

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Pennsylvania Eastern

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Other Statutes: Anti-Trust


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December 6, 2018

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