Identity theft and medical practices

Identity theftEffective May 1st, medical offices will be required to have in place an identity theft prevention program.  Is there really any reason for having this?  No.  There was also never a plague of patient confidentiality violations, but that didn’t stop HIPAA.  When the government has a solution, little details like the non-existence of the problem are simply ignored.

Fortunately, the American Academy of Family Physicians has resources in place to help medical offices deal with this latest (but by no stretch of the imagination last) unnecessary bureacratic intrusion into the art and science of medicine.  This link to the AAFP’s Identity Theft Red Flags Rule page is a good place to start.  The “meat and potatoes” of this nonsense can be found here.  To really get to the bottom line, the AAFP has developed this one page Red Flag Rule table in Microsoft Word format that can be downloaded and printed and will probably answer as a serviceable plan for most practices.

One Response to “Identity theft and medical practices”

  1. Actually, conducting an ID theft committee in a major hospital in a metro city has clearly shown me that there is an ID theft issue…. the red flags, while may seem problematic for smaller clinics, etc., are a good step to simply ensure patient safety (ensuring the medical record in front of you correlates with the patient you are treating).

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