The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Tuesday, October 22, that would exempt a healthcare practice with 20 or fewer employees from the FTC's identity theft Red Flags Rule requirement.
The bill moves onto the Senate.
The Red Flags Rule, which will be enforced starting November 1, 2009, requires healthcare entities considered to be "creditors" to implement an identity theft prevention program.
Further, the bill passed by the House last week, which was filed by John Herbert Adler (D-NJ), Paul Collins Broun, Jr. (R-GA), and Mike Simpson (R-ID), lets off the hook an entity that:
The FTC would determine if a business meets these criteria.