- Associated Press - Thursday, March 12, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A board that can decide whether doctors practice medicine in South Dakota has adopted conflict-of-interest rules.

If the Legislature’s Rules Review Committee agrees, members of the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners will be required to recuse themselves in cases involving relatives or personal financial interests.

Members also will be barred from involvement in cases when they supervise a peer review committee of a doctor who is involved in a contested case or disciplinary proceeding before the board. Board members also will be required to recuse themselves when their spouses have business relationships with parties in contested cases before the board.

The Argus Leader reports (https://argusne.ws/1Bv5OFf ) that the potential new rules come amid heightened scrutiny about potential conflicts of interest on the board.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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