It is of great importance, a covered entity enter into a Business Associate Agreement with each organization or vendor that accesses, uses or discloses PHI to on behalf of the organization . This, of course, will ensure the Business Associate uses appropriate safeguards to protect the PHI in the same manner that the covered entity must. It is essential, that every covered entity create Business Associate Agreements with any entity that handles PHI on their behalf.
Prime examples of Business Associates would include accounting, billing, legal, risk management and IT services. In addition, we can help you identify business associates and provide business associate agreements.