Train the Trainer - The FTC Identity Theft Prevention Program (Red Flag Rule) (Offered Free as a Community Service - Limited Seats Available)

Colorado HFMA and the Healthcare Reimbursement Institute present

A Free AudioWebinar


Train the Trainer :

The FTC Identity Theft Prevention Program (Red Flag Rule)

Offered Free as a Community Service   Invite others to join us!

October 21, 2008, 8am (Mountain)

FTC’s Identity Theft Red Flag Regulations: Implications for Health Care Providers


In November 2007, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued sweeping regulations aimed at deterring, detecting and preventing identity theft. Under these rules, known as the Red Flag Regulations, 16 C.F.R. § 681.1 et seq. and Final Rule (“Red Flag Regulations”), financial institutions and creditors of covered accounts must establish a program to detect, prevent and mitigate identity theft. While somewhat unclear and perhaps counterintuitive, the breadth of the Red Flag Regulations and the FTC’s current interpretation indicates that these rules apply to many participants in the health care industry.


The Red Flag Regulations have three parts, two of which pertain to the health care industry. The first part applies to anyone who uses “consumer reports” for employment, insurance or credit purposes. The second part places obligations on “creditors and financial institutions” to detect, prevent and mitigate identity theft in relation to accounts covered under the Red Flag Regulations.


It’s not difficult, but you have to comply!

Many health care providers, such as hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and others in the health care industry (collectively “Providers”) use consumer reports to check for credit history and criminal backgrounds as part of the employment process, before offering services for which there is a delay in payment, or for admission purposes. The Red Flag Regulations require that users of consumer reports develop and implement reasonable policies and procedures to deal with an address mismatch. These policies and procedures must allow the Provider to form a “reasonable belief” as to whether the applicant is the person they claim to be. Additionally, users of consumer reports who have a continuing relationship with the applicant and who “regularly and in the ordinary course of business” furnish information to the consumer reporting agency from which they received the report, must report a reasonably confirmed address to that agency when there is an address discrepancy. As a practical matter, this rule requires reasonable diligence in reviewing applicants/patient information against the

individual’s address on the consumer report.


The RED FLAG RULE goes into effect November 1, 2008.

Hospitals and Medical Groups are among the many creditors that will need to come into compliance with the final rules on Red Flags and Address Discrepancies by November 2008.  The rules require creditors to develop and implement a written Identity Theft Prevention Program designed to detect, prevent, and mitigate identity theft.

The Healthcare Reimbursement Institute, together with the Colorado Healthcare Financial Management Association is presenting a 90-minute teleconference in order to review the requirements of the Red Flag Rule. 


Included in the handouts, Maria Todd will provide a sample policy, procedure and a training slide deck that you can use to customize to your needs to train your staff.


This is a must attend event for everyone concern in understanding the latest developments on the implementation of Identity Theft (The Red Flag Rule) to train your staff in what is involved in compliance.

What we will cover:

·        A Review of the Red Flag Rule

·        Examine some sample template documents (They are not that complicated)

·        A Quick review of a sample self-learning or manager-led PowerPoint training tool for employees and staff

Who Should Attend

  • Chief Privacy Officers, Revenue Cycle, Patient Access andothers responsible for Red Flag Compliance
  • Privacy & Data Protection Personnel
  • Medical Group Practice Administrators
  • Other healthcare business managers are responsible forstaff compliance training and development


About the Presenter


Maria K Todd, MHA PhD

Executive Director of the HRI

Maria Todd is the Founder of HRI and serves as its Executive Director. With more than 30 years in health care and combined health plan, clinical, health administration and health law paralegal and mediation professional work experience, Maria Todd is a veritable tour de force when it comes to managed care and contracted reimbursement training. Dr Todd is an Advanced Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).  She has been named an HFMA Distinguished Speaker for every year that she has presented, and is a 2006 recipient of HFMA's Muncie Gold Award. She serves on the Editorial Board of HCPro's Managed Care & Contracted Reimbursement Advisor and has hundreds of journal articles, interviews and white papers to her credit. She is the author of The Managed Care Contracting Handbook (1996), IPA, PHO, MSO Development Strategies (1997), the Physician Employment Contract Handbook (1999), and is about to release 2nd Editions of each of these titles with Taylor and Francis in 2009, as well as new titles on Global Health Care Program Development and The Medical Tourism Facilitator's Handbook, slated for release in 2009.  Dr Todd has trained more than 50,000 students and seminar participants in over 2600 seminars, lectures and audiowebinars since 1989.  She has taught the 2-day Managed Care Contracting classes for the past 14 years for the HFMA and currently teaches contracting, integration and accreditation-related subject matter around the world for domestic and international healthcare providers seeking to establish contracted relationships with US and other Health Plans, Government Ministries and Employers.


Maria is an active member of HFMA, MGMA and the American Society of Training and Development.


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