The highly publicized data breaches involving Anthem and others in the healthcare industry should have providers not only rethinking about their own systems, but also re-evaluating data handling by their business associates. With so much administration, patient care and other functions delegated to contractors, providers need to be sure that HIPAA business associate agreements (BAA) are not just in boilerplate but clearly address data security and other critical issues.
Offices and facilities are also relying more on the “cloud” for storage, processing and communication of medical information. In this situation, vendors often fail to acknowledge their actual status as business associates. Recent rules dictate when a cloud sponsor must enter into a business associate agreement and accept HIPAA responsibilities. These arrangements also require customized terms that will not be addressed in the vendor’s standard contract.
In this audio conference, Wayne J. Miller, Esq. will discuss the standards for identifying business associates. He’ll also discuss BAA terms that must be more fully addressed in the contract beyond the typical standard form, such as encryption, liability and breach reporting. He’ll also discuss BAA terms to address with cloud vendors. In addition, best practices for business associates in complying with privacy and security rules will be discussed, as well as lessons from recent enforcement actions.
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Who should attend
Hospitals, Physicians, Practice Managers, Medical Groups, Health Care Consultants, and Medical Practice and Facility Executives
Wayne J. Miller, Esq., is a founding partner of the Compliance Law Group, Los Angeles, a law firm focused on health care industry legal compliance for clients nationwide. Wayne has practiced healthcare business and regulatory law throughout his 30-year career. His firm represents a wide range of healthcare industry clients throughout the nation. He is a frequent speaker for The Coding Institute national teleconferences on healthcare reimbursement, transactional and regulatory...
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