This time it’s pushed back to 1 June 2010.
Here’s that AAFP Red Flag one-pager link again.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has delayed the enforcement date of the so-called Red Flag Rules regarding identity theft protocols for medical practice. November 1, 2009 is the latest revised target date by which medical offices must comply with the rules.
Just a reminder: the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has a link to help offices navigate this process, as well as a Microsoft Word format, one-page, ready-made Red Flag protocol.
The Federal Trade Commission has decided to allow medical practices until August 1st, rather than the original target date of May 1st, to implement identity theft prevention programs, according to AAFP News Now. At least the creep of government overregulation of medicine has been slowed a bit. Better than nothing, but not by much.
Effective 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.