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shahul

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Model BAA
« on: November 13, 2012, 09:21:12 PM »
Can someone direct me to where I can see a model BAA? I am trying to prepare one and any model ones would help me make mine more comprehensive. Thank you.

supertaz93

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Re: Model BAA
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2012, 07:02:56 AM »
Google Business Associate Agreement and you will find examples.

markegge

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Re: Model BAA
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012, 06:18:33 PM »
Here's one I used to use when I worked on the provider side. Sorry the formatting doesn't look so great, here...

1. Preamble
WHEREAS,                                                                    (Covered Entity) and Atlas Revenue Management LLC (Business Associate) intend to protect the privacy and security of certain Protected Health Information (PHI) to which Business Associate may have access in order to provide goods or services to or on behalf of Covered Entity, in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, Title XIII of Division A and Title IV of Division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), and other relevant laws, including subsequently adopted provisions applicable to use and disclosure of confidential information, and applicable agency guidance.
WHEREAS, Business Associate may receive PHI from Covered Entity, or may create or obtain PHI from other parties for use on behalf of Covered Entity, which PHI may be used or disclosed only in accordance with this Agreement and the standards established by applicable laws and agency guidance.
WHEREAS, Business Associate may receive PHI from Covered Entity, or may create or obtain PHI from other parties for use on behalf of Covered Entity, which PHI must be handled in accordance with this Agreement and the standards established by HIPAA, the HITECH Act and related regulations, and other applicable laws and agency guidance.
NOW, THEREFORE, Covered Entity and Business Associate agree as follows:
2. Definitions
A.   “Business Associate” shall have the meaning given to such term under HIPAA, the HITECH Act, applicable regulations and agency guidance.
B.   “Covered Entity” shall have the meaning given to such term under HIPAA, the HITECH Act and applicable regulations and agency guidance.
C.   “HIPAA” shall mean the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191.
D.   “HITECH Act” shall mean the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, Title XIII of Division A and Title IV of Division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Pub. L. No. 111-5 (Feb. 17, 2009).
E.   “Privacy Rule” shall mean the standards for privacy of individually identifiable health information in 45 C.F.R. Parts 160 and 164, as amended, and related agency guidance.
F.   “Protected Health Information” or “PHI” means any information, transmitted or recorded in any form or medium; (i) that relates to the past, present or future physical or mental condition of an individual; the provision of health care to an individual; or the past, present or future payment for the provision of health care to an individual, and (ii) that identifies the individual or with respect to which there is a reasonable basis to believe the information can be used to identify the individual, and shall have the meaning given to such term under HIPAA, the HITECH Act and related regulations and agency guidance. PHI also includes any and all information that can be used to identify a current or former applicant or recipient of benefits or services of Covered Entity (or Covered Entity’s contractors/business associates).
G.   “Security Rule” shall mean the security standards in 45 C.F.R. Parts 160, 162 and 164, as amended, and related agency guidance.
H.   “Unsecured PHI” shall mean PHI that is not secured through the use of a technology or methodology as specified in HITECH regulations and agency guidance or as otherwise defined in the HITECH Act.
3. Stated Purposes For Which Business Associate May Use Or Disclose PHI
The Parties hereby agree that Business Associate shall be permitted to use and/or disclose PHI provided by or obtained on behalf of Covered Entity for the following stated purposes, except as otherwise stated in this Agreement:
A.   [Enumerate permissible uses and disclosures of PHI here.]
NO OTHER USE OR DISCLOSURES OF PHI OR OTHER INFORMATION ARE PERMITTED.
4. Business Associate Obligations
A.   Limits On Use And Further Disclosure Established By Agreement And Law. Business Associate hereby agrees that the PHI provided by, or created or obtained on behalf of Covered Entity shall not be further used or disclosed other than as permitted or required by this Agreement or as required by law and agency guidance.
B.   Appropriate Safeguards. Business Associate shall establish and maintain appropriate safeguards to prevent any use or disclosure of PHI other than as provided for by this Agreement. Appropriate safeguards shall include implementing administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that reasonably and appropriately protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the electronic PHI that is created, received, maintained, or transmitted on behalf of the Covered Entity and limiting use and disclosure to applicable minimum necessary requirements as set forth in applicable federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements and agency guidance.
C.   Reports Of Improper Use Or Disclosure. Business Associate hereby agrees that it shall report to Mark Egge, Director of Operations, at 720-763-9928, within two (2) days of discovery any use or disclosure of PHI not provided for or allowed by this Agreement.
D.   Reports Of Security Incidents. In addition to following the breach notification requirements in section 13402 of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (“HITECH Act”) and related regulations, agency guidance and other applicable federal and state laws, Business Associate shall report to Mark Egge, Director of Operations, at 720-763-9928, within two (2) days of discovery any security incident of which it becomes aware. At the sole expense of Business Associate, Business Associate shall comply with all applicable federal and state breach notification requirements. Business Associate shall indemnify the Covered Entity for costs associated with any incident involving the acquisition, access, use or disclosure of Unsecured PHI in a manner not permitted under federal or state law and agency guidance.
E.   Subcontractors And Agents. Business Associate hereby agrees that any time PHI is provided or made available to any subcontractors or agents, Business Associate shall provide only the minimum necessary PHI for the purpose of the covered transaction and shall first enter into a subcontract or contract with the subcontractor or agent that contains the same terms, conditions and restrictions on the use and disclosure of PHI as contained in this Agreement.
F.   Provide Accounting Of Disclosures. Business Associate agrees to maintain a record of all disclosures of PHI in accordance with 45 C.F.R. §164.528 and other applicable laws and agency guidance, including the HITECH Act and related regulations. Such records shall include, for each disclosure, the date of the disclosure, the name and address of the recipient of the PHI, a description of the PHI disclosed, the name of the individual who is the subject of the PHI disclosed, and the purpose of the disclosure. Business Associate shall make such record available to the individual or the Covered Entity within five (5) business days of a request for an accounting of disclosures.
G.   Requests for Restriction. Business Associate shall comply with requests for restrictions on disclosures of PHI about an individual if the disclosure is to a health plan for purposes of carrying out payment or health care operations (and is not for treatment purposes), and the PHI pertains solely to a health care item or service for which the service involved was paid in full out-of-pocket. For other requests for restriction, Business Associate shall otherwise comply with the Privacy Rule, as amended, and other applicable statutory and regulatory requirements and agency guidance.
H.   Access to Books And Records. Business Associate hereby agrees to make its internal practices, books, and records relating to the use or disclosure of PHI received from, or created or received by Business Associate on behalf of the Covered Entity, available to the Secretary of Health and Human Services or designee for purposes of determining compliance with applicable laws and agency guidance.
I.   Return or Destruction Of PHI. At termination of this Agreement, Business Associate hereby agrees to return or destroy all PHI provided by or obtained on behalf of Covered Entity. Business Associate agrees not to retain any copies of the PHI after termination of this Agreement. If return or destruction of the PHI is not feasible, Business Associate agrees to extend the protections of this Agreement to limit any further use or disclosure until such time as the PHI may be returned or destroyed. If Business Associate elects to destroy the PHI, it shall certify to Covered Entity that the PHI has been destroyed.
J.   Maintenance of PHI. Business Associate and its subcontractors or agents shall retain all PHI throughout the term of the Agreement and shall continue to maintain the information required under the various documentation requirements of this Agreement for a period of six (6) years after termination of the Agreement, unless Covered Entity and Business Associate agree otherwise.
K.   Mitigation Procedures. Business Associate agrees to establish and to provide to Covered Entity upon request, procedures for mitigating, to the maximum extent practicable, any harmful effect from the use or disclosure of PHI in a manner contrary to this Agreement or the Privacy Rule, as amended. Business Associate further agrees to mitigate any harmful effect that is known to Business Associate of a use or disclosure of PHI by Business Associate in violation of this Agreement or applicable laws and agency guidance.
L.   Sanction Procedures. Business Associate agrees that it shall develop and implement a system of sanctions for any employee, subcontractor or agent who violates this Agreement, applicable laws or agency guidance.
M.   Grounds For Breach. Non-compliance by Business Associate with this Agreement or the Privacy or Security Rules, as amended, is a breach of the Agreement, if Business Associate knew or reasonably should have known of such non-compliance and failed to immediately take reasonable steps to cure the non-compliance.
N.   Failure to Perform Obligations. In the event Business Associate fails to perform its obligations under this Agreement, Covered Entity may immediately discontinue providing PHI to Business Associate. Covered Entity may also, at its option, require Business Associate to submit to a plan of compliance, including monitoring by Covered Entity and reporting by Business Associate, as Covered Entity in its sole discretion determines to be necessary to maintain compliance with this Agreement and applicable laws and agency guidance.
5. Obligations of Covered Entity
A.   Provision of Notice of Privacy Practices. Covered Entity shall provide Business Associate with the notice of privacy practices that the Covered Entity produces in accordance with applicable law and agency guidance, as well as changes to such notice.
B.   Permissions. Covered Entity shall provide Business Associate with any changes in, or revocation of, permission by individual to use or disclose PHI of which Covered Entity is aware, if such changes affect Business Associate’s permitted or required uses and disclosures.
C.   Restrictions. Covered Entity shall notify Business Associate of any restriction to the use or disclosure of PHI that the Covered Entity has agreed to in accordance with 45 C.F.R. §164.522 and other applicable laws and applicable agency guidance, to the extent that such restriction may affect Business Associate’s use or disclosure of PHI.
Signatures
Covered Entity                                                                              Business Associate
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Printed Name                                                                                       Printed   Name
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Title                                                                                                      Title
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Signature                                                                                             Signature
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Date                                                                                                   Date

shahul

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Re: Model BAA
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2012, 09:06:51 PM »
 :)Thank you so much. It was very helpful. I appreciate it.