Medical Identity Theft

The Federal Trade Commission issued an announcement today that the deadline to implement the Red Flag requirements pertaining to identity theft has been delayed for six months, making the new compliance deadline May 1, 2009

In its Enforcement Policy Statement, the FTC states:

During the course of the [FTC]’s education and outreach efforts following

The FTC published the Red Flag rule on November 9, 2007.   However, over the last year there was considerable confusion and uncertainty about whether the rule, which is primarily geared toward financial institutions and other lenders, also applied (or should apply) to healthcare providers.   However, on October 15, 2008, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) sponsored