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CMS’ Tunis Accepts Suspended License, Fine To Resolve CME Charges

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CMS Chief Medical Officer Sean Tunis will pay a $20,000 fine and accept a one-year suspension of his physician's license under a consent order resolving the Maryland Board of Physicians' charges that he falsified continuing medical education documents

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