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HIPAA Compliance Business Associates Shouldering More Responsibilities


Business associate is an individual, group or an organization which participates or performs some activities on behalf of the Covered Entity in a capacity as a business partner and is not member of the workforce of the Covered Entity. The Privacy Rule lists some of the functions or activities, as well as the particular services, which makes a person or entity Business Associate, if the activity or service involves the use or disclosure of protected health information. The types of functions or activities that may make a person or entity a business associate includes payment or health care operations activities, as well as other functions or activities regulated by the Administrative Simplification Rules.

The new amendment to HIPAA Privacy and Security rule recently passed by Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) and which came into effect from February 17, 2010 makes it mandatory for all the Covered entities to revise their Business Associate Contract. This has increased the scope of the law as more entities are obliged to follow the HIPAA compliance norms. At same time the amendment adds more responsibilities on the existing Business Associates.

The Covered Entities and their existing Business Associates now have to re-negotiate their existing contracts to achieve HIPAA compliance. The Business Associates now on, have to take adopt additional procedures to completely fulfill the physical, administrative, technical and documentation requirements of the rule. The amendment makes it mandatory for the Business Associate to report loss of unsecured data to the individual patients and/or the public media,depending upon scale of the violation.

The new regulatory requirements make it necessary for the Business Associate to thoroughly carry out the risk analysis for their systems and infrastructure to know the existent loopholes in the security. The next step is to develop appropriate policy which effectively removes the security loopholes by incorporating technical security measures like email encryption, user account management, auditing and a proper disaster backup plan.

Henceforth the Business Associate will also play a more responsible and active role in secure management of the patient health information, which earlier, before this amendment, was sole responsibility of the Covered Entity.

Business Associate plays important role in preserving the privacy of the patient health information.

About emPower

emPower is a leading provider of comprehensive Healthcare Compliance Solutions through Learning Management System (LMS). Our mission is to provide innovative security solutions to enable compliance with applicable laws and regulations and maximize business performance. We provide range of courses to manage compliance required by regulatory bodies such as OSHA, HIPAA, Joint commission and Red Flag Rule etc. Apart from this emPower also offers custom demos and tutorials for your website, business process management and software implementation.

Our Learning Management system (LMS) allows students to retrieve all the courses 24/7/365 by accessing our portal. emPower e-learning training program is an interactive mode of learning that guides students to progress at their own pace.

For additional information, please visit http://www.empowerbpo.com/HIPAA_Compliance_Training_Course_Template_Policies.html

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emPower e-learning Solutions launches course to train employees and help you create policies on new amendments on HIPAA and ARRA act


emPower provides e- learning courses as mandated by the U.S. Government and other regulatory bodies like HIPAA, OSHA, Joint Commission and Red Flags rule. The successful passage of the new Health plan of Obama Government and resultant health care regulations have made it mandatory for the Covered health service providers, Practices and their Business Associates to achieve complete compliance to stay on the right side of the law. This, they can easily do by providing proper compliance training to their employees and in process eliminate expensive compliance risks. The latest amendment to HIPAA Privacy and Security rule, which came into effect from February 17, 2010, makes it mandatory for all the Covered entities to revise their Business Associate Contract.

The Business Associates now on share more responsibility for protection of the privacy of the patient health information. Any lapse on their part can invite serious penalties or criminal conviction, depending upon the severity of the violation. Keeping this in mind emPower, as a part of its compliance training program, has launched two online courses; one on amendment related to Business Associate Contract and the other one in policy template form. The template form provides an easy option to just sign a standard agreement policy, framed by the Regulatory authority and enter into a business alliance with Covered Entity in legal manner.

The course trains both the existing and prospective Business Associates to achieve complete compliance to the HIPAA norms through secure and efficient documentation, management and transaction of the patient health information with the Covered entities as per their written business agreement.

About emPower

emPower is a leading provider of comprehensive Health care Compliance Solutions through Learning management system (LMS). Our mission is to provide innovative security solutions to enable compliance with applicable laws and regulations and maximize business performance. We provide range of courses to manage compliance required by regulatory bodies such as OSHA, HIPAA, Joint commission and Red Flag Rule etc. Apart from this emPower also offers custom demos and tutorials for your website, business process management and software implementation.

Our Learning Management system (LMS) allows students to retrieve all the courses 24/7/365 by accessing our portal. emPower e-learning training program is an interactive mode of learning that guides students to progress at their own pace.

For additional information, please visit http://store.empowerbpo.com/

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