HIPAA law and business associates

HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates are facing increased obligations to securely maintain and handle protected health information.A health care entity subject to HIPAA rules must ensure that its contracts with a business associate that may receive protected health information include statutorily required assurances that the business associate will appropriately safeguard the information. That is, in a vendor contract, staffing contract, or services contract in which data provided to a party includes protected health information of any person, the contract that governs that transaction or relationship must include language of HIPAA compliance.

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