‘Red flags’ fix

Congress ex­empts docs from ID theft rule

Modern Healthcare - - The Week In Healthcare - Andis Robeznieks

The U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed “red flags” leg­is­la­tion pre­vi­ously ap­proved by the Se­nate that makes doc­tors ex­empt from the anti-iden­tity theft re­quire­ments and safe­guards banks and other cred­i­tors must fol­low.

The long-stand­ing is­sue has been strongly op­posed by ad­vo­cates for physi­cians. “Cur­rently, the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion has broadly de­fined cred­i­tors to in­clude physi­cians and other pro­fes­sion­als like den­tists and lawyers un­der the red flags rule,” said Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Ce­cil Wil­son in a news re­lease. “The AMA is pleased that this leg­is­la­tion sup­ports AMA’s long­stand­ing ar­gu­ment to the FTC that physi­cians are not cred­i­tors.”

Un­cer­tainty over the def­i­ni­tion of “cred­i­tor” had re­sulted in an FTC po­si­tion that physi­cian prac­tices, law firms, ac­count­ing of­fices and other small ser­vice busi­nesses would need to com­ply with the reg­u­la­tion that calls for banks and cred­i­tors to have plans in place to pre­vent, iden­tify and mit­i­gate iden­tity theft.

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