Understanding Business Associates

By law, the HIPAA Privacy Rule applies only to covered entities – health plans, health care clearinghouses, and certain health care providers. In most situations, health care providers and health plans do not carry out all their health care activities by themselves. Instead, they often use the services of other entities which are considered “business associates.”  These entities must also understand the HIPAA Privacy Rule and are expected to take HPAA for business associates training.  It is important they understand HIPAA Compliance for business associates.

The Privacy Rule allows covered entities to disclose protected health information to these “business associates.” The covered entity must obtain satisfactory assurances that the business associate will use the information only for the purposes for which it was engaged by the covered entity. They must also safeguard the information from misuse and will work with the covered entity to comply with the covered entity’s duties under the Privacy Rule.

Training for Business Associates

We present our HIPAA for Business Associates Training to protect you from violations of the Privacy Rule.  A business associate is a person or entity that performs certain functions or activities that involve the use or disclosure of protected health information on behalf of, or provides services to, a covered entity. A member of the covered entity’s workforce is not a business associate. A covered health care provider, health plan, or health care clearinghouse can be a business associate of another covered entity.

It is most important for all business associates who work with PHI to understand the Privacy Rule. To accomplish this, you must learn about HIPAA through a carefully crafted HIPAA for Business Associates Program such as that offered by HIPAA Associates.

Business Associate Agreements

The Privacy Rule requires that a covered entity obtain satisfactory assurances from its business associate that it will appropriately safeguard the protected health information it receives or creates on behalf of the covered entity. For this reason it is important business associates take HIPAA for Business Associates training.  In addition a contract or business associate agreement must be created in writing that assures the business associate will comply with the guidelines of the Privacy Rule.

The HIPAA for Business Associates Training Program was created especially for all individuals who work with protected health information (PHI) while providing services for covered entities.

Why Choose HIPAA Associates

We have the knowledge and experience to assist you with your needs as we have since 2002.  We will personally work with you directly on your HIPAA needs. Mary Lopez has nineteen years’ experience providing HIPAA guidance and practical solutions. Al Lopez has 12 years of experience with consulting and HIPAA training. Our mission is to make HIPAA training and compliance painless and understandable.

HIPAA Dialogue

HIPAA Associates uses its unique blend of knowledge and experience to provide accessible HIPAA training and consulting services to all who must comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  We are professionals with a background in nursing, medicine, and compliance.  We are  certified by the Health Care Compliance Association and The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the most recognized  healthcare compliance associations in the country. 

  • Pioneers in the Field of HIPAA – We have assisted in the creation of HIPAA programs since 2002.  We have over 18 years of practical experience with the management of programs and training of providers.  We helped create the first HIPAA program at a large multi-hospital institution and since then have helped manage programs for multiple physician organizations and other hospital systems.  Today we provide services to hospitals, clinics, providers, and public health departments.
  • Training from the Best – Our training has been successfully used in many settings and is easy to follow and understand.  We have created our courses to benefit all staff in your organization.  Our programs cover all personnel in your organization based on their role in the entity.  We offer HIPAA Compliance Training, HIPAA for Health Information Management Training, HIPAA for IT professionals and HIPAA Compliance Training in Spanish. We have recently created a combined course for IT professionals who work as Business Associates.
  • Affordable – Our courses are affordable and come with personalized support.  We make ourselves personally available to all organizations or individuals who elect to use our services.

HIPAA Certification & the OCR

HIPAA Certification is a term commonly used by many vendors today claiming the ability to certify organizations on HIPAA and make them HIPAA Compliant.  This is a misconception actively addressed by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) with oversight of the HIPAA Regulations.

The Department of Health & Human services (HHS) and OCR have made it clear that in regard to HIPAA certification they do not endorse any private consultants’ or education providers’ seminar, material, or systems, and do not certify any persons or products as “HIPAA compliant.”  The Privacy Rule does not require attendance at any specific seminars.  The OCR has taken a further step and indicated that anyone making false or misleading representations about HHS or OCR in regard to HIPAA training and compliance may be reported to the OCR.

HIPAA Associates does not claim to offer HIPAA certification.  Instead we offer a HIPAA Compliance training program created with the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule in mind.  Our training is based on in-depth knowledge of the law and the benefit of many years of experience working with HIPAA and the OCR.  These courses include information on best practices and cover all of the necessary information you will need to understand the basic concepts of HIPAA. We follow the intent of the OCR in all of our training programs.

Who benefits from our HIPAA for Business Associates Training?

Medical billing, software companies, cleaning services, document storage, medical device representatives, marketing and pharmaceutical representatives.

Training Certificate of Completion

HIPAA Certificate of Completion
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Immediately Available
  • Valid for 2 Years

HIPAA for Business Associates

  • This course will describe the HIPAA regulations and explain why they are important for Business Associates.
  • There will be case scenarios to help you understand how it affects you in your workplace.
  • The course may be taken at home at your own pace.
  • Created with Business Associates in mind.
  • May take it for up to 90 days.
  • A certificate will be available immediately upon completion.

The Business Associates Course:

  • Completion time under 1.5 hrs
  • Take online at your own pace
  • Available for 90 days
  • Multiple retakes
  • Guaranteed certificate of completion
HIPAA Requirements

The Topics Covered:

  • Understand the importance of HIPAA
  • Individual?s HIPAA rights
  • Organizations? responsibilities
  • Permissible uses and disclosures
  • HIPAA and state laws
  • Test after each section
  • Certificate of completion
HIPAA for Business Associates

Our HIPAA Compliance Training program will help you and your organization understand all the key features of the HIPAA Privacy rule that applies to business associates. It is designed for all organizations who manage protected health information on behalf of a covered entity and is available to be taken online.

Courses available at $29.95

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Business Associates Training

Consider Our Other HIPAA Training Programs

HIPAA for Health Information Management

The HIM program was created for Health Information Management professionals who work with protected health information.

Health Information Management
HIPAA for IT Professionals

The HIPAA for IT Professionals training was created for IT professionals who work with protected health information (PHI).

IT Professionals
HIPAA Information Technology Business Associates

Geared for Information Technology professionals working as Business Associates. Two extended programs combined. 

IT Professionals – Business Associates
HIPAA Compliance Training

HIPAA Compliance Training was created for individuals who work with protected health information (PHI). Available in Spanish

Compliance Training
Compliance Training Spanish

Do Business Associates require HIPAA?

Yes, every business associate who performs any function that involves the use or disclosure of protected health information on behalf of a covered entity must understand HIPAA and their responsibilities.? It is in the best interest of any covered entity that all business associates show proof of HIPAA training.

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