Health Information Management

Business associates -- who are you?

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 31, 2009

It’s never too late to learn the actual definition of a business associate (BA) when it comes to HIPAA.

A BA, as defined in HIPAA, means a person who “performs functions or activities on behalf of, or certain services for, a covered entity that involve the use or disclosure of individually identifiable health information,” according to HHS.

Examples of business associates include:

  • Third party administrators
  • Pharmacy benefit managers for health plans
  • Claims processing or billing companies
  • Transcription companies
  • Persons who perform legal, actuarial, accounting, management, or administrative services for covered entities and who require access to protected health information

Check out our free white paper on business associates and their new HIPAA compliance requirements -- Business Associates and HIPAA: What BAs need to know to comply with HIPAA privacy and security rules.

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