Reimbursement Policies & Information


What is a business associate?
business associate is anyone who, on your behalf, performs a function or activity involving the use of your patients’ PHI. Business associates include your medical malpractice insurers and their underwriting agents, who may need access to your patients’ PHI when handling a claim.


Why do I need a Business Associate Contract?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy rule requires that you negotiate contracts with your business associates to ensure that they protect your patients’ protected health information (PHI).


Is there a universal template I can use?

The HIPAA Compliance Guide will provide you with everything you need to comply with the HIPAA Privacy rule, including a template that you can use for your business associate agreements. Purchase your copy, today!

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