$750,000 settlement highlights the need for HIPAA business associate agreements

Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A. of North Carolina (Raleigh Orthopaedic) agreed to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by failing to execute a business associate agreement prior to turning over PHI of 17,300 to a potential business partner.  Raleigh Orthopaedic is a provider group practice that operates clinics and orthopaedic surgery center in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.  The settlement includes a monetary payment of $750,000 and a robust corrective action plan.

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