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Did American Board of Internal Medicine Overreach?

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2011

"Once we began working with ABIM they have been consistently sensitive to attempts to resolve matters on a case-by-case basis that would balance their view of what happened, but also recognize that many of these doctors are exceptional individuals who have a lot to offer society," he says.

Wachler acknowledges he has not agreed with every aspect of the ABIM position.

Wachler is hoping that ABIM will implement changes to its appeals process and regulatory procedures in the wake of the current investigation. Wachler says he wants to continue "constructive work with ABIM to reach a resolution for each client that will not jeopardize their career."

That hope, however, rests with a conclusion of the appeal process, whenever that may be.

Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.
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