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Business Associates can refer broadly to individuals engaged in business relationships with one another. However, in the HIPAA context, the term has a specific statutory meaning and those characterized as... more +
Business Associates can refer broadly to individuals engaged in business relationships with one another. However, in the HIPAA context, the term has a specific statutory meaning and those characterized as business associates have expanded data protection obligations and duties. Essentially, a business associate under HIPAA is a person or entity that performs certain functions or services which necessitates exposure to protected health information on behalf of a covered entity. Typical business associate functions include: claims processing or administration, data analysis, billing, etc.    less -

New HIPAA Guidance Sheds Light on Existing Rules

by Roetzel & Andress on

Recently, regulators issued new guidance related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), Pub.L. 104–191, 110 Stat. 1936, enacted August 21, 1996. Specifically, on October 6, 2016, the Department...more

Department of Health and Human Services Cracks Down on Vendor Oversight in Recent Hospital Settlements

From the rise in ransomware attacks to inadvertent disclosure of information by subcontractors, the health services industry is reminded that a potential consequence of a data breach is the threat of a regulatory enforcement...more

Action Required for Covered Entities, Business Associates and Their Subcontractors

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Early last year, the Department of Health and Human Services issued final privacy and security regulations (Final Rule) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The Final Rule, effective...more

Protect Your Blindside: Identify All HIPAA Business Associates/Subcontractors

Under the recently enacted Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, and implementing regulations, the definition of the HIPAA term "Business Associate" has been expanded. A "Business...more

3 Weeks Left: Is Your Business Ready for HIPAA Compliance?

The September 23, 2013 deadline for covered entities, business associates and their subcontractors to implement the new HIPAA rules is approaching quickly. In case you missed it, on January 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of...more

Final HIPAA Regulations Impact Group Health Plans

by Dechert LLP on

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) sets forth rules to protect the privacy and security of individuals’ health information that is held by “covered entities,” such as group health plans....more

HIPAA Revises Business Associate Agreement Requirements

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Protecting Health Information - The privacy of health information is protected by federal rules. These rules, which have been recently updated, affect the handling of “protected health information” (“PHI”) by business...more

The HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule has arrived!

by Sands Anderson PC on

If you are a health care provider and/or someone who routinely performs work involving patient health information on behalf of a health care provider, you likely need to know about the HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule....more

Countdown Begins for HIPAA Omnibus Rule Compliance

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule goes into effect today, which officially starts the clock for covered entities, business associates, and their subcontractors to begin updating their agreements, forms, policies, procedures, and...more

New HIPAA Regulations Require Action by Group Health Plans

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Final HIPAA privacy and security regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services will require action by group health plan sponsors by September 2013....more

Highlights of the Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 25, 2013, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published the long-awaited omnibus final regulation governing health data privacy, security and enforcement (Omnibus...more

Special Edition: Health Law Update - February 28, 2013

by BakerHostetler on

In This Issue: - A Baker's Dozen of Significant Changes From the HIPAA/HITECH Rule 1. Business Associates and Subcontractors 2. Breach Notification 3. Covered Entity Organizational Structures 4. Cloud...more

The HITECH Final Rule: The New Privacy/Security Rules of the Road Have Finally Arrived

by Reed Smith on

Since the 2009 enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the “Act” or “HITECH Act”), compliance efforts associated with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of...more

Legal Alert: Final HIPAA Regulations Released: Time To Review Your HIPAA Policies?

by FordHarrison on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") recently released long-awaited final HIPAA Regulations. The new regulations finalize many changes previously proposed to the Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules,...more

The New HIPAA Omnibus Rule & Your Liability — A Detailed Review

As we have reported in this blog, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released final regulations containing modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and...more

Expanding The Reach Of HIPAA Data Security And Privacy Requirements

by Michael Volkov on

In this information technology era, it is little wonder that the Obama Administration has made enforcement of data security and privacy protections a top priority. The enforcement emphasis reflects public opinion favoring...more

HIPAA Rules Overhaul Ups Compliance Ante

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Originally posted in Hartford Business Journal on February 11th, 2013. Attention all medical providers, hospitals and any other covered entity or business associate under HIPAA. On Jan. 17, the U.S. Department of Health...more

New HIPAA Rules Affect Business Associates And Their Subcontractors

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The new HIPAA rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services have made substantial changes to the way in which covered entities (e.g., hospitals, health insurers, etc…) and their business associates (entities...more

HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule Imposes New Obligations on Business Associates

by Akerman LLP on

On January 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services/Office for Civil Rights (HHS/OCR) published in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 5566) the long-awaited final rule titled Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy,...more

New HIPAA Regulations Affect Business Associates and Subcontractors

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act omnibus regulations recently released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have significant ramifications for business associates and subcontractors of...more

New HIPAA Rule Imposes Data Security and Privacy Obligations Directly Upon Vendors and Contractors of Covered Entities

by White & Case LLP on

On January 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") published the Final Rule to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA")'s Data Security and Privacy Rules. The Final Rule...more

Omnibus Final Rule Issued on HIPAA/HITECH Act: Significant Changes for ‘Business Associates’

On January 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services published the much-anticipated Omnibus Final Rule (the “Final Rule”), which, with respect to business associates and their subcontractors, conforms HIPAA’s...more

Now Is The Time To Revise Your Business Associate Agreements and Notice of Privacy Practices

by Buchalter on

There is a lot of confusion among providers caused by therecent publication of new rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). On January 25, 2013, the HIPAA final omnibus rule...more

Breaking Down The HIPAA Rule Changes: Part 2 Of 5 - Changes Affecting Who Is A Business Associate And New Business Associate...

by Polsinelli on

In This Issue: - Expansion of, Clarifications to, and Explicit Inclusions in the Definition of BA - BAs’ Direct Liability Under the Final Rule - BAAs: Required Provisions Under the Final Rule and the Compliance...more

Burr Alert: New HIPAA Rules Issued: “Sweeping” Changes For Healthcare Providers And Business Associates

by Burr & Forman on

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released its long awaited final HIPAA rule, which significantly expands certain obligations for healthcare providers and their business associates (the...more

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