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The office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris has issued a 31-page report on best practices for preventing and responding to medical identity theft. The report includes comprehensive recommendations for providers, payers, health information organizations and policymakers. For instance, it calls on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to include standards-based “Red Flag” codes in EHRs certified under Stage 3 that can tag discrepancies in data that could indicate ID theft and warrants further investigation. While the report covers issues far beyond Red Flags, what follows are the flags that providers should be aware of.


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