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Integrative doctors battle the ethically conflicted NC Medical Board

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That's not good enough, the physicians of the North Carolina Integrative Medical Society (NCIMS) say. Despite changes in the law, the way the board polices physicians still needs to change.

In 41 states, laws bar links between politically active medical societies and the boards that discipline doctors. In the coming year, NCIMS doctors say they'll be pushing to end the NC Medical Society's ability to appoint the majority of the medical board. They want an annual independent review of the disciplinary actions of the board and the investigatory methods employed by their staff by a group not linked to the medical society. They also want the public to have better access to malpractice verdict information.

The members of the group acknowledge that it will be an uphill battle. But it isn't one that the integrative doctors of North Carolina started.

Contact Tara Servatius at tara.servatius@cln.com

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