Code of Conduct

Chat Code of Conduct

Community Rules & Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines

AAPPR Chat is a member benefit provided for the exclusive use of AAPPR members in the Individual, Honorary, and Interim membership categories for the purpose of questions, networking, and exchanges of information. 

By joining and using AAPPR’s Chat Community, you agree that you have read and will comply with this AAPPR Chat Code of Conduct, AAPPR Code of Ethics, and the AAPPR Antitrust Policy.   Each participant agrees to indemnify and hold AAPPR harmless for all claims, potential claims, causes of actions, lawsuits or any other consequences, whether foreseeable or unforeseeable, in all respects whatsoever.

Violations of the AAPPR Chat Code of Conduct will subject the user to disciplinary actions by AAPPR including, but not limited to, suspension or expulsion from AAPPR chat, or in accordance with AAPPR Bylaws, a forfeiture of AAPPR membership.  AAPPR does not actively monitor or censor the site for inappropriate postings. However, if inappropriate posting is brought to AAPPR’s attention, AAPPR will take all appropriate action including but not limited to removal of such post.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important rules governing behavior on AAPPR Chat.   If you have questions, contact us at 

  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited.
  • Interact with Chat members in a respectful, professional, and ethical manner.
  • Do not post anything in a listserv message you would not want the world to see or anyone to know came from you. 
  • Do not forward, print and send or otherwise relay information from the Chat outside of your organization.  AAPPR Chat messages are to be read and utilized by AAPPR members ONLY.
  • Do not include anyone in your emails to Chat in the “to” or “cc” or “bcc”.  This could result in that person receiving all replies to your email which is a violation of the Chat Code of Conduct.
  • Do not attack others. The discussions on the lists are meant to stimulate conversation, not create contention. 
  • Do not pose questions or participate in discussions relating to salaries, prices, pricing strategies, restrictions on advertising, maintaining the profitability of a profession or industry, terms or conditions of sale, minimizing discounts, gifts or promotions, profits, profit margins, cost data, market share, sales territories, customers or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers (per the AAPPR Anti-trust Policy). Here are some examples (however not an exhaustive list) of topics that are considered “contractual details” that cannot be discussed on the AAPPR Chat listserv:
    • Provider compensation (specific numbers or ranges) – however general models  can be discussed (not yours specifically) and recommendations on national surveys may be given
      • i.e.: We offer $XXX for primary care physicians – VIOLATION
    • Provider benefits including details  (specific or general) on vacation time, CME time and dollar amounts, retirement benefits, stipends, relocation amounts, loan repayment amounts, etc.; you may not indicate what your compensation and benefits package details are in any form; even listing the benefits that are included in your package without including a quantity would be a violation of anti-trust law
      • i.e.: We offer relocation assistance and a sign on bonus - VIOLATION
      • i.e.: We offer $XXX for CME and X days PTO - VIOLATION
    • Vendor fees/rates
      • i.e.: Firm ABC offers a rate of $XXX - VIOLATION
    • Vendor contract terms (such as period that a candidate “belongs” to a firm )
      • i.e.: We require our contracts to be limited to 12 months for the candidate “sunset clause” - VIOLATION
  • Do not share copyrighted information from any sources (e.g. MGMA or AMGA salary surveys). According to copyright law, documents created while in the employment of another organization belong to that organization.  
  • Do not share documents that you do not have authorization to share.  It is best to only share documents from your current organization that you have permission to share.  You may also consider removing your organization’s identifying information from the document prior to sharing it.  
  • Use caution when discussing products or services, and the companies providing such products and services. Information posted on the lists is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. However, feel free to explain your situation regarding products, services and companies while avoiding unflattering labels.  Think behavioral interviewing: what happened, who did what and the outcome.
  • If you personally endorse a company, service, or product and have a financial arrangement with the company, you must disclose that financial arrangement as part of your endorsement.
  • Include a signature tag on all messages.  Include your name, organization, phone, address (including city, state and zip), and email address. 
  • Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information from which everyone can benefit. 
  • Do not send general messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to the entire list. In those instances please reply only to the individual.  

Additional Points on Discussion Group Etiquette

  • Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location. 
  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject. 
  • Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that everyone can benefit from. 
  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals--not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link to the left of every message.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as remove me from the list. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address. Simply change your settings. 

More Legal Stuff that is Worth Repeating

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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 Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly 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 suppliers.

AAPPR 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 AAPPR we will take all appropriate action.

The Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

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