FTC Again Delays Implementation of "Red Flag" Rule

On Wednesday, July 29 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced yet another delay in the implementation of the 'Red Flag' rules to protect patient identity theft in medical billing.  This is the third delay in implementation for this rule, which is considered a moderate victory for physicians.

The AOA continues to write the FTC urging them to exempt physicians from this ruling, citing existing HIPAA rules to protect patient health information and the faulty inclusion of physicians as "creditors" under federal law.  Thus far, the AOA has sent three letters urging the FTC to at the very least withdraw its final rule on "Red Flags" and reopen the comment period to allow the physicians to weigh in on the issues in attempting to implement this rule.

To view the official FTC press release go to http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/07/redflag.shtm.  To view the AOA's Frequently Asked Questions document on the Rule go to http://tiny.cc/F8tRq.