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    HIPAA business associate agreements: Update deadline approaches

    Compliance date is September 22, 2014

    Ned MilenkovichNed MilenkovichHealthcare providers such as pharmacies, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses that share protected health information with an entity providing certain services (so-called “business associates”), must have a written agreement that complies with HIPAA’s requirements before any patient-related information is shared. 

    Business associates who use protected health information might perform such services as legal, actuarial, accounting, claims processing, utilization review, data analysis, quality assurance, and consulting.

    For example, a pharmacy might need business associate contracts with companies that shred and store documents containing patient health information. Or a pharmacy might contract with a health information organization that manages the exchange of protected health information through a network on behalf of many covered providers.

    Larger organizations, such as electronic medical records companies, may have hundreds of business associate contracts that require review and revision to ensure compliance with federal regulations.

    Ned Milenkovich, PharmD, JD
    This article is not intended as legal advice and should not be used as such. When legal questions arise, pharmacists should consult with ...

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