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Doctors, Group Reach Antitrust Settlement Valued at $35M

Aug. 1, 2018, 7:20 PM

Osteopathic physicians no longer will be required to join a professional association in order to obtain a crucial credential.

The American Osteopathic Association agreed to “decouple” membership and board certification as part of an antitrust lawsuit settlement, the group and plaintiffs’ attorneys announced July 27. Dr. Albert Talone and three colleagues sued the Chicago-based AOA in 2016, alleging the membership requirement constituted an illegal tying arrangement under federal and New Jersey antitrust laws.

Board certification isn’t required for physicians to obtain or maintain their licenses to practice medicine. Not having certification, however, can affect a physician’s ability to practice. Many ...