What is a business associate? „counterparty“: a person or organization that performs certain functions or activities that involve the use or disclosure of protected health information on behalf of a covered company or that provide services to a covered business; An insured company staff member is not a business partner. A covered health care provider, health plan or health care clearinghouse may be a counterpart to another insured company. The data protection rule lists some of the functions or activities and related services that make an individual or organization a business partner when the activity or service involves the use or disclosure of protected health information. The types of functions or activities that can make an individual or organization a counterpart include payment or health transactions, as well as other functions or activities governed by administrative simplification rules. Covered companies may be fined for not entering into a HIPAA counterparty agreement or for entering into an incomplete agreement – while HITECH 78 FR 5574 AAS are required to comply with the HIPAA safety rule, even if no HIPAA counterparty agreement is reached. HHS can monitor AABs and subcontractors to verify HIPAA compliance, not just covered companies. This means that organizations must have a Trade Association Agreement (BAA) for all three levels in order to meet HIPAA requirements. It is in your best interest to have an agreement, as all three classifications are responsible for the protection of the PHI. Question: Our medical practice uses backup data entucing the storage of Google Cloud [or Amazon Web Service].

They say they are HIPAA compliant. Do we still need an agreement with Google [or AWS]? If you have a question about the compliance of trading partners, let us know info@hipaaetool.com. Hitech ACT requires health care providers to use electronic medical records for a number of tasks, including assisting with clinical decisions, registering and transmitting prescriptions and laboratory orders, and accessing their records.