Business Associate

A Business Associate is an entity that provides services to, or performs certain functions involving the use or disclosure of PHI on behalf of, a Covered Entity.

Examples of organizations considered to be Business Associates include:

  • Third-party administrators
  • Billing companies
  • Transcriptionists
  • Cloud service providers
  • Data storage firms – electronic and physical records
  • EHR providers
  • Consultants
  • Pharmacy benefits managers
  • Claims processors
  • Collections agencies
  • Medical device manufacturers

A Business Associate may delegate a function, activity, or service to a Subcontractor.

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