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Basics of a Good Business Associate Agreement for HIPAA

When it comes to safeguarding Protected Health Information (PHI), you could say, “It takes a village.”  The Omnibus Rule underscores the fact that protecting patients’ health information and their right to privacy is the responsibility today not only of healthcare providers, but also of their business associates (BAs) whose work requires them to access PHI.  And the Business Associate Agreements mandated by HIPAA play an important role in that shared responsibility. Get your free BAA template here! (Not.) In this post I’d like to offer a handy BAA template that would work for all your business associates, as defined by […]

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8 Simple Physical Safeguards for Protected Health Information

It’s happened in hundreds of offices. A thirsty staff member brings a beverage to a computer workstation. Sets in down within easy reach. Logs on to the computer and turns her attention to the screen. A few minutes later, she absently reaches for the drink. Accidentally knocks it over. Gasps as the cola from her Big Gulp seeps into the crevices of the practice’s main computer. Stuff happens. Here are a few simple physical safeguards you can put in place to protect health information from perils as varied as spills, overloaded outlets, fire dangers, and earthquakes. Eat, drink, and be merry […]

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Having Business Associate Agreements Can Save a Healthcare Office Boku Bucks

“The times they are a changin’,” Bob Dylan sang in the Sixties. And they still are, especially when it comes to HIPAA and its regulaltions regarding Business Associate Agreements. The Omnibus Rule that went into effect in September of 2013 makes it clear that business associates of healthcare practices now have to comply with many of the provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, all of the HIPAA Security Rule, and HIPAA’s Breach Notification Rule. While Business Associate Agreements have been part of HIPAA since it began, the big changes since the passage of the Omnibus Rule include: An expanded definition […]

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