Massachusetts Medical Society: AMA and Other Health Professionals Petition FTC for Relief from 'Red Flag' Rule

AMA and Other Health Professionals Petition FTC for Relief from 'Red Flag' Rule

The American Medical Association and three other health professional associations this week asked the Federal Trade Commission to reverse itself, and exempt health professionals from burdensome "red flag rules" designed to prevent identity theft.

The AMA and others have called the rule an unjustified, unfunded mandate on physician practices, but the FTC has repeatedly refused over the past year to make such an exemption. The effective date has been delayed several times, and is now scheduled to take effect June 1, 2010.

In its letter this week, the organizations said that the FTC should reconsider its position, because a US District Court ruling in November said lawyers should be exempted from the rule. "We see no basis for concluding that Congress intended the rule to apply to [licensed health care professionals] but not to lawyers," the letter said.

The letter was signed by the chief executives of the AMA, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Assoxciation, and the American Dental Association.

A copy of the letter is available for review on the AMA website.
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