Should Doctors Be Exempt?
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.June 2, 2010
The Wall Street Journal is asking readers whether doctors should be exempt from the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule. The American Medical Association thinks so. That group, along with the American Osteopathic Association and the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, sued the commission last week, claiming that physicians who allow patients to defer payment should not be considered as "creditors" subject to the rule. Other healthcare groups have challenged the FTC's application of the rule requiring that businesses have written policies in place to protect customers from identity theft. Last week, the FTC extended the Red Flags enforcement deadline to December 31, 2010. (Registration may be required to access this story.)