Business Associate

Business Associate

Feb 6, 2019

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a business associate is a person or organization, other than an employee of a covered entity, that performs certain functions on behalf of, or provides certain services to, a covered entity that involve access to Protected Health Information (PHI). A business associate can also be a subcontractor responsible for creating, receiving, maintaining, or transmitting PHI on behalf of another business associate. Business associates provide services to covered entities that include: accreditation; billing; claims processing; consulting; data analysis; financial services; legal services; management administration; and utilization review. NOTE: A covered entity can be a business associate of another covered entity.

Retrieved and adapted from HIPAA. (2018).

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