ABA Billing Codes Commission Antitrust Statement

The purpose of the ABA Billing Codes Commission is to facilitate evidence-based applied behavior analysis by advancing the multi-disciplinary understanding, dissemination, and standardization of the adaptive behavior CPT® billing codes.

It is important to recognize that these activities are subject to certain legal limits imposed by state and federal antitrust laws. One central concern of these laws is with combinations or agreements in restraint of trade whereby competition is reduced by design. Business people generally are cognizant of the restrictions on price fixing imposed by the law. In addition, there are many other areas in which legal implications are raised. For example, agreements to reduce prices, standardize discounts, divide territorial markets or customers, or to promote group boycotts are illegal.

Consequently, in the course of all of the Commission’s activities, discussions among members involving pricing, services terms, territories, conditions of services or other aspects of competition, must be avoided. In the event any Commission member ever feels that the course of ABABCC activities or statements or actions in ABABCC meetings is headed into such an area, members should raise the issue immediately so that further discussion of such matters can be suspended pending receipt of advice satisfactory to the members that the topics addressed do not give rise to antitrust problems.