Red Flags Clarification Exempts Most, Not all Providers

A congressional clarification bill passed December 7 has effectively exempted physicians from the Red Flags Rule. Whether hospitals are exempt from the rule’s requirements to maintain an identity theft prevention program is unclear.

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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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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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More Delays for the Red Flags Rule

The Federal Trade Commission has announced a new delay for the Red Flags Rule. Enforcement will now begin June 1, 2010. The delay, announced October 30, comes at the request of Congressional members, the FTC said. The rule was scheduled to go into effect November 1. The announcement comes a week after the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the rule that would exclude certain businesses, including small healthcare,...

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New Delay for the Red Flags Rule

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it will further delay enforcement of the Red Flags Rule. Organizations now have until November 1, 2009, to become compliant. The rule was to go into effect Saturday, August 1. FTC says the delay will allow organizations covered by the rule to further review its educational materials and prepare their compliance plans. The anti-fraud regulation requires organizations that act as...

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