Effective May 1, 2009 Anne Arundel Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) must comply with The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA) as amended in October of 2007 to include Red Flag and Address Discrepancy Requirements (Red Flag).
Why was FACTA amended to include Red Flag Rules?
The Red Flag rules are designed to protect consumers from identity theft by requiring businesses like AAOS to recognize activities that indicate the possible existence of identity theft.
What kind of activities will AAOS watch for that may indicate identify theft?
Some things that may indicate identify theft, or "Red Flag" activities that AAOS will watch for are:
What will SCOSA do if they find Red Flag activities on my account?
AAOS has created policies and procedures to reduce the opportunity for identity theft, recognize signs of identity theft (Red Flags), and respond to Red Flags when identified. AAOS staff has been trained on these policies and procedures and will monitor and update these policies for their effectiveness. Depending on the type of Red Flag identified, AAOS staff may do one or more of the following:
What will SCOSA do to reduce the risk of identity theft?
AAOS requires a copy of a picture ID for each patient; this is used to confirm the patient’s identity and is kept in a secure protected environment for AAOS’s use only. AAOS has security policies in place to ensure that your data is safe from exposure or release to other parties. Our staff is trained in patient privacy, committed to protecting your information and on the alert for suspicious activity.
What can I do to protect my identity?
As a consumer of medical services there are several things you can do to help safeguard your identity, here are some suggestions:
For questions, concerns or comments please contact our Privacy and Security Office, at (410) 573-2530.