HIPAA BUSINESS ASSOCIATE AGREEMENT
This HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (“BAA”) amends and is made part of the Therapy Partner Service Agreement and Terms of Service (“Service Agreement”), by and between Covered Entity Users of the Therapy Partner system (“Entity”) and TPC Acquisition, LLC dba Therapy Partner (“Associate”).
Entity and Associate agree that the parties incorporate this BAA into the Service Agreement in order to comply with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) and their implementing regulations set forth at 45 C.F.R. Parts 160 and Part 164 (the “HIPAA Rules”). The parties acknowledge that the Entity is a “Covered Entity” as defined by HIPAA, and to the extent Associate is acting as a Business Associate of Entity pursuant to the Service Agreement, the provisions of this BAA shall apply, and Associate shall be subject to the penalty provisions of HIPAA as specified in 45 CFR Part 160.
Capitalized terms not otherwise defined in this BAA shall have the meaning set forth in the HIPAA Rules. References to “PHI” mean Protected Health Information maintained, created, received or transmitted by Associate from Entity or on Entity’s behalf.
2. Uses or Disclosures
Associate will neither use nor disclose PHI except as permitted or required by this BAA or as Required By Law. To the extent Associate is to carry out an obligation of Entity under the HIPAA Rules, Associate shall comply with the requirements of the HIPAA Rules that apply to Entity in the performance of such obligation. Associate is permitted to use and disclose PHI:
- to perform any and all obligations of Associate as described in the Service Agreement, provided that such use or disclosure would not violate the HIPAA Rules if done by Entity directly;
- otherwise permitted by law, provided that such use or disclosure would not violate the HIPAA Rules, if done by Entity directly and provided that Entity gives its prior written consent;
- to perform Data Aggregation services relating to the health care operations of Entity;
- to report violations of the law to federal or state authorities consistent with 45 C.F.R. § 164.502(j)(1);
- as necessary for Associate’s proper management and administration and to carry out Associate’s legal responsibilities (collectively “Associate’s Operations”), provided that Associate may only disclose PHI for Associate’s Operations if the disclosure is Required By Law or Associate obtains reasonable assurance, evidenced by a written contract, from the recipient that the recipient will: (1) hold such PHI in confidence and use or further disclose it only for the purpose for which Associate disclosed it to the recipient or as Required By Law; and (2) notify Associate of any instance of which the recipient becomes aware in which the confidentiality of such PHI was breached;
- to de-identify PHI in accordance with 45 C.F.R. § 164.514(b), provided that such de-identified information may be used and disclosed only consistent with applicable law.
In the event Entity notifies Associate of a restriction request that would restrict a use or disclosure otherwise permitted by this BAA, Associate shall comply with the terms of the restriction request.
Associate will use appropriate administrative, technical and physical safeguards to prevent the use or disclosure of PHI other than as permitted by this BAA. Associate will also comply with the provisions of 45 CFR Part 164, Subpart C of the HIPAA Rules with respect to electronic PHI to prevent any use or disclosure of such information other than as provided by this BAA.
In accordance with 45 CFR §§ 164.308(b)(2) and 164.502(e)(1)(ii), Associate will ensure that all of its subcontractors that create, receive, maintain or transmit PHI on behalf of Associate agree by written contract to comply with the same restrictions and conditions that apply to Associate with respect to such PHI.
5. Minimum Necessary.
Associate represents that the PHI requested, used or disclosed by Associate shall be the minimum amount necessary to carry out the purposes of the Service Agreement. Associate will limit its uses and disclosures of, and requests for, PHI (i) when practical, to the information making up a Limited Data Set; and (ii) in all other cases subject to the requirements of 45 CFR § 164.502(b), to the minimum amount of PHI necessary to accomplish the intended purpose of the use, disclosure or request.
6. Obligations of Entity.
Entity shall notify Associate of (i) any limitations in its notice of privacy practices, (ii) any changes in, or revocation of, permission by an individual to use or disclose PHI, and (iii) any confidential communication request or restriction on the use or disclosure of PHI that Entity has agreed to or with which Entity is required to comply, to the extent any of the foregoing affect Associate’s use or disclosure of PHI.
7. Access and Amendment.
In accordance with 45 CFR § 164.524, Associate shall permit Entity or, at Entity’s request, an individual (or the individual’s designee) to inspect and obtain copies of any PHI about the individual that is in Associate’s custody or control and that is maintained in a Designated Record Set. If the requested PHI is maintained electronically, Associate must provide a copy of the PHI in the electronic form and format requested by the individual, if it is readily producible, or, if not, in a readable electronic form and format as agreed to by Entity and the individual. Associate will, upon receipt of notice from Entity, promptly amend or permit Entity access to amend PHI so that Entity may meet its amendment obligations under 45 CFR § 164.526.
Except for disclosures excluded from the accounting obligation by the HIPAA Rules and regulations issued pursuant to HITECH, Associate will record for each disclosure that Associate makes of PHI the information necessary for Entity to make an accounting of disclosures pursuant to the HIPAA Rules. In the event the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) finalizes regulations requiring Covered Entities to provide access reports, Associate shall also record such information with respect to electronic PHI held by Associate as would be required under the regulations for Covered Entities beginning on the effective date of such regulations. Associate will make information required to be recorded pursuant to this Section available to Entity promptly upon Entity’s request for the period requested, but for no longer than required by the HIPAA Rules (except Associate need not have any information for disclosures occurring before the effective date of this BAA).
9. Inspection of Books and Records.
Associate will make its internal practices, books, and records, relating to its use and disclosure of PHI, available upon request to Entity or HHS to determine compliance with the HIPAA Rules.
To the extent Associate becomes aware or discovers any use or disclosure of PHI not permitted by this BAA, any Security Incident involving electronic PHI or any Breach of Unsecured Protected Health Information involving PHI, Associate shall promptly report such use, disclosure, Security Incident or Breach to Entity. Associate shall mitigate, to the extent practicable, any harmful effect known to it of a Security Incident, Breach or use or disclosure of PHI by Associate not permitted by this BAA. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the parties acknowledge and agree that this section constitutes notice by Associate to Entity of the ongoing existence and occurrence of attempted but Unsuccessful Security Incidents (as defined below) for which no additional notice to Entity shall be required. “Unsuccessful Security Incidents” shall include, but not be limited to, pings and other broadcast attacks on Associate’s firewall, port scans, unsuccessful log-on attempts, denials of service and any combination of the above, so long as no such incident results in unauthorized access, use or disclosure of electronic PHI. All reports of Breaches shall be made in compliance with 45 CFR § 164.410.
11. Term and Termination.
This BAA shall be effective as of the effective date of the Service Agreement and shall remain in effect until termination of the Service Agreement. Either party may terminate this BAA and the Service Agreement effective immediately if it determines that the other party has breached a material provision of this BAA and failed to cure such breach within thirty (30) days of being notified by the other party of the breach. If the non-breaching party determines that cure is not possible, such party may terminate this BAA and the Service Agreement effective immediately upon written notice to other party.
Upon termination of this BAA for any reason, Associate will, if feasible, return to Entity or destroy all PHI maintained by Associate in any form or medium, including all copies of such PHI. Further, Associate shall recover any PHI in the possession of its agents and subcontractors and return to Entity or securely destroy all such PHI. In the event that Associate determines that returning or destroying any PHI is infeasible, Associate may maintain such PHI but shall continue to abide by the terms and conditions of this BAA with respect to such PHI and shall limit its further use or disclosure of such PHI to those purposes that make return or destruction of the PHI infeasible. Upon termination of this BAA for any reason, all of Associate’s obligations under this BAA shall survive termination and remain in effect (a) until Associate has completed the return or destruction of PHI as required by this Section and (b) to the extent Associate retains any PHI pursuant to this Section.
12. General Provisions.
In the event that any final regulation or amendment to final regulations is promulgated by HHS or other government regulatory authority with respect to PHI, the parties shall negotiate in good faith to amend this BAA to remain in compliance with such regulations. Any ambiguity in this BAA shall be resolved to permit Entity and Associate to comply with the HIPAA Rules. Nothing in this BAA shall be construed to create any rights or remedies in any third parties or any agency relationship between the parties. A reference in this BAA to a section in the HIPAA Rules means the section as in effect or as amended. The terms and conditions of this BAA override and control any conflicting term or condition of the Service Agreement and replace and supersede any prior business associate agreements in place between the parties. All non-conflicting terms and conditions of the Service Agreement remain in full force and effect.