Code of Conduct
To ensure the best possible experience for all site participants
and to avoid legal liability, participants are asked to observe some basic
guidelines for participation.
By using the site, you agree that you have read and will follow
the rules and guidelines set for these discussion groups. This is a great
medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their
experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and
fruitful dialogue in a lawful manner, PLA reserves the right to suspend or
terminate participation on all lists for members who violate these rules.
- Don't challenge or attack others. The discussions on the lists
are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have
their say, just as you may
- Use caution when discussing products or business
practices. Information posted on the lists is available for all to see, and
comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
- All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive,
or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything in a message
on the site that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want
anyone to know came from you.
- Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer
and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership,
defamation, and antitrust concerns of information posted to the list.
PLA is not responsible for the opinions and information posted
on this site by others. PLA disclaims all warranties with regard to information
posted on this site, whether posted by PLA or any third party. This disclaimer
includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event
shall CMA be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any
damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits arising out of
or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this
You are responsible for any consequences resulting from your postings, whether
intended or unintended.
Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or
illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by
copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material,
the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright
with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright
owner. In addition, the posting party grants PLA and users of this list the
nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit,
print, and use such information or other material.
Basic Antitrust Rules. Messages should not be posted if they might be construed
as encouraging or facilitating members in arriving at any agreement that either
expressly or by implication leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's
business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages
that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are
inappropriate: • prices; • discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; • salaries; • profits; • profit margins, or cost data; • market shares; • sales territories, or markets; • allocation of customers or territories; or • selection, rejection, or termination of customers or
Any discussion that might be viewed by enforcement authorities
as leading to increased prices or even minimizing discounts, gifts or
promotions are problematic. Even perfectly innocent discussions asking what
fees (amount) physicians charge for particular services or comments that just
praise or denounce the pricing and business practices of others could be
construed as a conversation intended to "encourage" or
"facilitate" a conspiracy (agreement) to "fix prices,"
encourage a "boycott" or otherwise "illegally restrict
The penalties for violating federal antitrust laws are severe.
The maximum criminal penalty for violating the Sherman Act is $1 million for an
individual and from $10 to 100 million for a corporation (including
associations). Under sentencing guidelines, alternative maximum fines can be
imposed of up to double the monetary gain realized by the offender or twice the
loss to another person. For these reasons, extreme caution must be
exercised on the site to avoid further antitrust challenges.
Individually Identifiable Patient Information
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
("HIPAA") and its implementing regulations protect the privacy,
confidentiality and security of a patient's health information. It is the
strict policy of PLA and this site that no one shall at any time post,
disclose, reveal or discuss a patient's individually identifiable health
information or protected health information (as such terms are defined by HIPAA
and its implementing regulations.)
PLA does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate
postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings.
However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the
attention of PLA, we will take appropriate action. PLA reserves the right
to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these rules and
We respect your privacy. Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.
Remember The Risks Whenever You Use The Internet
While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies.
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