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
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