HIPAA Business Associate Agreement Florida

Information about HIPAA Business Associate Agreement

What Is a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement?

The HIPAA Business Associate Agreement in Florida and all States (BAA), must be signed with the hospital/health plan, by those handling personally-identifying client info (PHI), processing claims for hospitals/health care insurers/health care clearing houses, subject to the privacy regulations of the HIPAA. Providers of online data backup services, can also be included as Business Associates, and within context, others too must sign, such as attorneys, accountants, consultants, pharmacists, and medical transcriptionists.

It is important to note that the HIPAA Business Associate Agreement in Florida, extends medical privacy standards to health care businesses, which are not directly subject to HIPAA. The law requires organizations to obtain satisfactory assurances, that the Business Associate agrees to comply with privacy rules, and will apply appropriate safeguards and protect patient data from unauthorized use, and disclosure. HIPAA covers privacy and security rules, which define regulations. There are guidelines on how entities and individuals can use or disclose protected health info (PHI).

Strengthening the efficacy of the HIPAA Business Associate Agreement in Florida, is the HIPAA Security Rule, which expands the Privacy Rule, addressing the safeguarding of PHI in electronic format, to protect it from distribution to unauthorized recipients. Encryption software to protect emails and email disclaimers with all electronic messages, are playing a big role. HIPAA covers entities/organizations/health care providers, who meet criteria; they must protect client confidentiality, as clearing houses, and must sign a BAA Florida.

A HIPAA Business Associate Agreement in Florida is a promise from the Business Associate, to safeguard data in the same ways you, as a covered entity, are required to do. Another important injunction is the assurance that the Associate will track “security incidents,” and provide audit trails, as necessary, to show movement and details of patient data. The need for audit trails is a lesser-known aspect of the HIPAA Security Rule, and is overlooked due to the assumption that encryption is sufficient; but, in reality, it is not! n

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