Professional associations such as the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) provide value to society and to the professions they serve. They are, however, also subject to severe scrutiny by both federal and state governments. Professional trade associations, like ADA, by the very nature of the fact that they are made up of competitors, inherently satisfy one of the elements in proving an antitrust violation.
To avoid severe civil and criminal penalties, professional association members, as well as professional associations themselves, must conduct their business openly and avoid any semblance of activity which might lead to the belief that the association members had agreed, even informally, to something that could have an effect on prices, fees or competition.
The government has brought civil and criminal litigation against associations large and small, and individual members also face liability for federal or state antitrust action. This ADA Healthy Practice webinar will present an overview of the major areas of antitrust concern for ADA and ADA members, including:
- Laws that govern antitrust issues
- Price fixing
- Boycotts, Exclusions from Membership and Refusal to Deal
- Standardization and Certification
- Industry Self–Regulation/Codes of Ethics
This activity has been approved by the American Academy of Audiology for .1 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.