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A balance of trust: new guidelines for business associates under HIPAA

As a covered entity, it is important to partner with business associates that have a strong security posture with safeguards and controls in place to prevent HIPAA violations and fines.

Am I a business associate under HIPAA? Why should I care?

Back in 2013, when Edward Snowden was in Hong Kong revealing he leaked documents detailing mass-surveillance programs by the U.S. government, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was creating the Final Omnibus Rule. This rule extended its regulatory reach beyond covered entities (e.g. healthcare providers, health plans, and clearinghouses) to business associates who …

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Business Associate Management Strategies

Post Contributed by Alan Davis, Proteus Consulting Business Associate (BA) management is an important facet of a Covered Entity (CE) HIPAA security program.  Yet many BAs are playing “catch up” to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule updates brought about by the HITECH Act.  CEs are now challenging themselves to properly manage their BA relationships …

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Is a Covered Entity Liable For, or Required to Monitor The Actions of Its Business Associates?

Luckily, the answer to this question is a good one for covered entities. Business associates are liable for their own actions and every piece of protected information they are given. The important thing that covered entities need to be sure of is to properly enter into a contract that protects the privacy of protected information. …

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Weren’t Business Associates Already Subject to HIPAA Before September 2013?

Before September 23rd, 2013, business associates were subject to upholding the provisions in the contracts by which they were governed. That meant that the contracts controlled the type, amount, and use of protected information a business associate was able to handle. Now through the new HIPAA policy changes, covered entities no longer determine the liability …

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Can A Business Associate Self-Certify or Be Certified By A Third Party As HIPAA Compliant?

Too often there are misconceptions about new laws or policies because there has been too little effort to educate or to elaborate on details concerning the changes that the new laws or policies will effect. That is the case with the new HIPAA laws that have been in effect since September 2013. Evidence of this …

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What’s The Difference Between A Covered Entity & Business Associate?

Knowing the distinction between a covered entity and a business associate is essential because the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule is administered differently between the two. If you understand the difference, then you understand who has access to your medical data and what authority they possess to do with that medical information. …

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Google – A HIPAA Compliant Business Associate?

Last month, Google announced that they will sign a HIPAA Business associate agreement (BAA) with organizations who are using their Google Apps services: Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and Google Apps Vault. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a set of laws requiring secure access to identifiable healthcare information. All organizations must comply in protecting …

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