The following terms used in this agreement shall have the same meaning as those terms in the HIPAA rules: breach, data migration, designated records set, disclosure, healthcare operations, individual, minimum necessary, notice of privacy practices, protected health information, required by law, secretary, security incident, subcontractor, unsecured protected health information, and use.
- Business associate. “Business associate” shall generally have the same meaning as the term “business associate” at 45 CFR 160. 103, and in reference to the party to this agreement shall mean Gargle Solutions inc..
- Covered entity. “Covered entity” shall generally have the same meaning as that term “covered entity” at 45 CFR 116. 103, and in reference to the party to this agreement shall mean
- HIPAA rules. “HIPAA rules” shall mean the privacy, security, breach notification, and enforcement rules at 45 CFR part 160 and part 164.
Obligations and activities of business associate:
- Business associate agrees to:
- Not use or disclose protected health information other than as permitted or required by the agreement or as required by law.
- Use appropriate safeguards, and comply with subpart C of 45 CFR part 164 with respect to electronic protected health information, to prevent use or disclosure of protected health information other than as provided for by the agreement.
- Report to covered entity any use or disclosure of protected health information not provided for by the agreement of which he becomes aware, including breaches of unsecured protected health information as required at 45 CFR 164. 410, and any security incident of which it becomes aware. The business associates report will:
- Identify the PHII used or disclosed
- Identify the nature of non-permitted or violating use or disclosure.
- Identify, if possible, who made the non-permitting or Violating use or received do not permitted for violating disclosure.
- Identify any corrective action the business associate has taken or will take to prevent further disclosure.
- Identify any actions the business associate as take or will take to mitigate any deleterious effects of the non-permitted for violating use or disclosure.
- Provide any other information that the covered entity may reasonably request.
- In accordance with 45 CFR 164. 502(e)(1)(ii) and 164.308(B)(2), if applicable ensure that any subcontractors that create, Receive, maintain, or transmit protected health information on behalf of the business associate agree to the same restrictions, Conditions, And requirements that apply to the business associate respect to such information.
- Make available to the covered entity, protected health information in a designated record as necessary to satisfy covered entities obligations under 45 CFR 164. 524. Access will be given within two weeks of covered entity’s request.
- Make any amendments to protected health information in a designated records set as directed or agree to the covered entity pursuant to 45 CFR 164. 526, or take other measures as necessary to satisfy covered entities publications under 45 CFR 164. 526. All amendments must be made within two weeks of notification
- Maintain and make available within two weeks, The information required to provide an accounting of disclosures to the covered entity as necessary to satisfy covered entities obligations under 45 CFR 164. 528.
- To the extent the business associates to carry out one or more of covered entities obligations under subpart E of 45 CFR Part 164, comply with the requirements of subpart E that apply to the covered entity in the performance of such obligations; and
- Make its internal practices, books, and records available to the Secretary for purposes of determining a compliance with the HIPAA rules.
Permitted uses and disclosures by business associate:
- Business associate may only use or disclose protected health information to perform functions, activities, or services for or on the behalf of the covered entity as specified in this document, provided that such use or disclosure would not violate the privacy rule or the minimum necessary policies and procedures.
- Business associate may use or disclose protected health information as required by law
- Business associate agrees to make uses and disclosures and requests for protected health information consistent with covered entities minimum necessary policies and procedures.
- Business associate may not use or disclose protected health information in a manner that would violate subpart E of 45 CFR part 164 if done by a covered entity except for the specific uses and disclosures set forth below.
- Business associate may use protected health information for the proper management and administration of the business associate or to carry out the legal responsibilities of the business associate.
- Business associate may disclose protected health information for the proper management and administration of the business associate or to carry out the legal responsibilities of the business associate, provided the disclosures are required by law, or business associate obtains reasonable assurances from the person to whom the information is disclosed that information will remain confidential and used or further disclosed only as required by law or for the purposes for which it was disclosed to the person, and the person notifies the business associate of any instances of which it is aware in which the confidentiality of the information has been breached.
- Business associate may provide data aggregation services relating to healthcare operations of the covered entity.
Provisions for covered entity to inform business associate of privacy practices and restrictions
- Covered entity shall notify the business associate of any limitations in the notice of privacy practices of covered entity under 45 CFR 164. 520, to the extent that such limitations may affect business associates use or disclosure of protected health information.
- Covered entity shall notify business associate of any changes in or revocation of, the permission by an individual to use or disclose his or her protected health information, to the extent that such changes may affect business associates use or disclosure of protected health information.
- Covered entity shall notify business associate of any restrictions on the use or disclosure of protected health information that covered entity has agreed to or is required to abide by under 45 CFR 164. 522, to the extent that such restrictions may affect business associates use or disclosure of protected health information.
Permissible requests by covered entity
Covered entity shall not request a business associate to use or disclose protected health information in any manner that would not be permissible under subpart E of 45 CFR Part 164 if done by covert entity.
Term and termination
- Term. The term of this agreement shall be effective as of the date signed below and shall terminate only when all PHI provided to the business associate is destroyed or returned or on the date covered entity terminates for clause as authorized in paragraph B of this section, Whichever is sooner.
- Termination for cause. Business associate authorizes termination of this agreement by covered entity, if covered entity determines business associate has violated a material term of the agreement and business associate has not cured the breach or ended the violation within the time specified by covered entity.
- Obligations of business associate upon termination. Upon termination of this agreement for any reason, Business associates shall return to covered entity or, if agreed to by covered entity, destroy all protected health information received from covered entity, or created, maintained, or received by business associates on behalf of covered entity that the business associate still maintains in any form. Business associate shall retain no copies of the protected health information. In the event that returning or destroying PHI is infeasible, written notification is to be provided of the conditions that make it impossible to return/ destroy. Upon the written agreement that return or destruction of PHII is infeasible, the business associate will extend the protections of this agreement to such PHI and limit further use and disclosures of such PHI, for so long as the business associate maintains such PHII.
- Survival. The obligations of business associates under this section shall survive the termination of this agreement.
- Regulatory references. A reference in this agreement to resection in the HIPAA rules means the section as an effect or as amended.
- Amendment. The parties agree to take such action as is necessary to amend this agreement from time to time as is necessary for compliance with the requirements of the HIPAA rules and any other applicable law.
- Interpretation. Any ambiguity in this agreement shall be interpreted to permit compliance with the HIPAA rules.