Why Should You Attend:
HIPAA Business Associates are now covered directly under the Privacy Rule’s use and disclosure limitations and the Security Rule’s safeguard provisions, and will be responsible for their own compliance with the regulations and may be held directly liable for any violations of the regulations. The latest regulations also change such things as who is a Business Associate: now sub-contractors of Business Associates are also treated as business associates, greatly expanding the pool of entities under regulation to some that may not even be aware they have become HIPAA Business Associates. Health Information Exchanges, Regional Health Information Exchanges, and e-Prescribing gateways are also now considered to be Business Associates.
In addition, the new requirements have a direct impact on what needs to be put into the business associate agreements you establish. The HIPAA HITECH changes put into effect new rights of individuals to receive electronic copies of information held electronically, ask for certain restrictions on disclosures, and other capabilities that Business Associates may need to provide for their covered entity clients. All kinds of covered entities, and now, business associates of covered entities as well, need to review their HIPAA compliance, policies, and procedures to see of they are prepared to meet the changes in the rules.