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BA agreements: Prevent problems and eliminate loopholes

Health Information Compliance Insider, January 1, 2009

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If you aren’t careful, your business associate (BA) agreements can become so filled with confusing legalese that they become virtually unenforceable by frontline staff members who attempt to abide by the terms.

Contracts should be detailed, but also simple enough so all parties can understand them.

“With very rare exceptions for a few esoteric legal items—like indemnification provisions—contract language, to be legal, has to be something a person of reasonable intelligence and education can understand, not just something for lawyers,” explains John R. Christiansen, JD, principal at Christiansen IT Law in Seattle.

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