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“Some level of impairment” not specific enough for discipline

The Supreme Court of Idaho, in a March 23 decision, reversed discipline imposed by the state’s medical board against a doctor who the board had simply determined suffered “some level of impairment.” In order to restrict the doctor’s license under the state’s Disabled Physician Act, the court held, the board was required to name a specific mental illness and determine how that illness made the physician a danger to the public (Mena v. Idaho State Board of Medicine).

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