Health Information Management

Review new FTC Red Flag rule guidance

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 21, 2009

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a guide, Fighting Fraud with the Red Flags Rule: A How-to Guide for Business, to help creditors maintain compliance. Creditors are not just in one particular industry or sector, but rather those that fit a broad definition of regularly deferring payment for goods or services or providing goods or services and billing customers at a later time. "Utility companies, healthcare providers, and telecommunications companies are among the entities that may fall within this definition, depending on how and when they collect payment for their services," according to the guide. The FTC will begin enforcing the rule May 1.



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