The American Medical Association, American Dental Association and American Veterinary Medical Association have jointly written to Federal Trade Commission members asking that health professionals be excluded from the Red Flags rule.

The rule requires many businesses, including health care organizations, to take specific steps to minimize identity theft. These steps include identifying suspicious activity involving Social Security numbers, credit reports and other identifying information. This would involve new policies and procedures, and likely implementation of new data security and regulatory compliance software products.

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