Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Red Flags Rule
Latest news on the Red Flags Rule
Court rules on definition of “creditor”
In the latest development in the long debate over enforcement of the Red Flags Rule, the D.C. Circuit Court has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) definition of a creditor as any entity that defers payment is no longer valid. Read more.
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Red Flags Rule Advocacy
MGMA has long been concerned about the FTC’s assertion that most healthcare providers are creditors subject to the Red Flags Rule. This interpretation was offered after the Red Flags Rule was finalized, preventing the physician community from providing input. Since this was announced, MGMA has consistently worked to delay and/or overturn the Rule.
Background on the Red Flags Rule
- Read the Red Flags Rule Summary
Get the background and the basic requirements of the rule, including guidance from the FTC in its appendix to the rule.
- The FTC's Web site is dedicated to Red Flags guidance. The FTC's Feb. 4, 2009 letter also provides an indication of how the FTC sees the rule affecting healthcare providers. Have questions? Contact the FTC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fighting Fraud with the Red Flags Rule: A How-To Guide for Businesses
Complying with the Red Flags Rule: A Do-It-Yourself Prevention Program for Businesses and Organizations at Low Risk for Identity Theft
- Sample procedures in MGMA format
To get you started as you adapt various identity theft prevention procedures into MGMA format. This is not to be taken as a complete compliant program. As you develop your program, we recommend you consult the MGMA summary, the FTC’s Web site, Appendix A, and the AMA sample policy.
Updated: Oct. 23, 2009
- Red Flag Alert Resource Guide
Buy a complete set of downloadable documents for your practice, including a detailed analysis, a sample board resolution approving the identity theft program, sample staff training slides and others. Published by the American Health Lawyer's Association. MGMA members get the AHLA's member price of $99.
- American Medical Association (AMA) identity theft prevention, detection and Red Flags Rule compliance
Sample policy available to MGMA members by the AMA
- What you need to know about the Red Flags Rule
The physician perspective on Red Flags, available to MGMA members by the AMA
- Complete text of the Red Flags Rule (including Appendix A)
- Complete multi-agency Federal Register issuance on the Red Flags Rule, including commentary, text of the rule, and Appendices (59 pages)