FTC Delays Red Flags Rule for Fifth Time

The Federal Trade Commission has delayed enforcement of the Red Flags Rule for a fifth time, again citing Congressional requests as the cause. The rule requires healthcare providers and others deemed by the FTC as “creditors” to design, implement, and enforce an identity theft prevention program. This program would enable facilities to detect and respond to identity theft “red flags.” Since healthcare organizations typically bill...

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Off-site Storage: No More “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”

ARRA’s modifications of HIPAA have shaken up many areas of HIM practice, including off-site records storage, where facilities often have indexed their inventory no further than by box. April D. Robertson, MPA, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA, is vice president of customer advocacy at HealthPort. Here she offers a look at the need to index inventory down to the individual record and suggests that the newly shared accountability conveyed by ARRA...

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AMA Files Lawsuit over Red Flags Rule

The American Medical Association and other healthcare groups have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Trade Commission to exempt physicians from the embattled Red Flags Rule. The suit, filed May 21, 2010, comes just days before the rule’s June 1 enforcement deadline. The Red Flags Rule requires financial institutions and other “creditors” to implement safeguards against identity theft. In part, covered organizations must develop...

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Turning 7, HIPAA Tops 51,000 Privacy Complaints

The Office for Civil Rights released its HIPAA enforcement data for April, offering a snapshot of the complaints logged in the seven years of the privacy rule. Since April 2003, when the privacy rule took effect, through April 2010, OCR has received 51,762 complaints. Of those, it has resolved more than 46,000 (89 percent). Not all resolutions required an investigation. Of the more than 16,000 cases that did, OCR obtained corrective...

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HIM Issues in the Healthcare Reform Law

HIM professionals wondering how the recently passed federal healthcare reform law affects them can look to AHIMA’s online Advocacy and Public Policy Center. A recently posted review of the law highlights sections with an impact on HIM and health IT. The law, signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010, altered healthcare insurance and changed Medicare and Medicaid coverage and funding. Provisions specific to HIM include changes to...

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