Treatspace Business Associate Agreement
BY ACCESSING OR REGISTERING WITH THE TREATSPACE PLATFORM, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH IN THIS BUSINESS ASSOCIATE AGREEMENT UNLESS A SEPARATE BUSINESS ASSOICIATE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN AGREED TO BETWEEN THE COVERED ENTITY AND TREATSPACE, INC.
The following terms used in this Agreement shall have the same meaning as those terms in the HIPAA Rules: Breach, Data Aggregation, Designated Record Set, Disclosure, Health Care Operations, Individual, Minimum Necessary, Notice of Privacy Practices, Protected Health Information, Required By Law, Secretary, Security Incident, Subcontractor, Unsecured Protected Health Information, and Use.
(a) Business Associate. “Business Associate” shall generally have the same meaning as the term “business associate” at 45 CFR 160.103, and in reference to the party to this agreement, shall mean Treatspace, Inc.
(b) Covered Entity. “Covered Entity” shall generally have the same meaning as the term “covered entity” at 45 CFR 160.103, and in reference to health care businesses which contract directly with Treatspace, Inc.
(c) HIPAA Rules. “HIPAA Rules” shall mean the Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules at 45 CFR Part 160 and Part 164.
Obligations and Activities of Business Associate
Business Associate agrees to:
(a) Not use or disclose protected health information other than as permitted or required by the Agreement or as required by law;
(b) Use appropriate safeguards, and comply with Subpart C of 45 CFR Part 164 with respect to electronic protected health information, to prevent use or disclosure of protected health information other than as provided for by the Agreement;
(c) Report to covered entity any use or disclosure of protected health information not provided for by the Agreement of which it becomes aware, including breaches of unsecured protected health information as required at 45 CFR 164.410, and any security incident of which it becomes aware; the business entity will report any breach to covered entity within a 10 day period of time and mitigate any breaches from the business associate end and report them to the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and potentially the media, on behalf of the covered entity. Business associate is NOT liable for any breaches which may occur away from business associate premises. Breaches from covered entity must be handled by covered entity’s office/facilities.
(d) In accordance with 45 CFR 164.502(e)(1)(ii) and 164.308(b)(2), if applicable, ensure that any subcontractors that create, receive, maintain, or transmit protected health information on behalf of the business associate agree to the same restrictions, conditions, and requirements that apply to the business associate with respect to such information;
(e) Make available protected health information in a designated record set to the covered entity as necessary to satisfy covered entity’s obligations under 45 CFR 164.524; business associate will redirect all requests by individuals, for access to their specific protected health information, back to the covered entity within five (5) days and provide the individual’s requested protected health information to the covered entity within ten (10) days once identity is verified by the covered entity. Verification of the individual’s identity, who is requesting their protected health information, rests solely with the covered entity.
(f) Make any amendment(s) to protected health information in a designated record set as directed or agreed to by the covered entity pursuant to 45 CFR 164.526, or take other measures as necessary to satisfy covered entity’s obligations under 45 CFR 164.526;
(g) Maintain and make available the information required to provide an accounting of disclosures to the covered entity as necessary to satisfy covered entity’s obligations under 45 CFR 164.528;
(g.1) Within twenty (20) days of a request by covered entity, business associate shall provide covered entity with an accounting of all disclosures of protected health information, other than disclosures excepted from the Privacy Standards accounting requirement under 45 C.F.R. 164.528(a)(1)(i)-(ix), made by business associate or by a subsequent business associate in the previous six (6) years (but in no event prior to April 14, 2003) in order for covered entity to comply with its obligations under 45 C.F.R. 164.528 to provide Individuals with an accounting of disclosures of their protected health information.
(g.2) Such accounting shall include, with respect to each disclosure: the date of the disclosure; the name (and address, if known) of the entity or person receiving the Protected Health Information; a description of the protected health information disclosed; a statement of the purpose of the disclosure; and any other information the Secretary may require under 45 C.F.R. 164.528 (collectively, "Disclosure Information").
(g.3) For repetitive disclosures of protected health information that business associate makes for a single purpose to the same person or entity, business associate may record: (a) the disclosure information for the first of these repetitive disclosures; (b) the frequency, periodicity or number of these repetitive disclosures made during the accounting period; and the date of the last of these repetitive disclosures.
(g.4) Business associate shall notify covered entity within five (5) days of receiving a request from an individual for an accounting of disclosures of protected health information. Following receipt of such notice from business associate, covered entity shall handle such request from the individual.
(h) To the extent the business associate is to carry out one or more of covered entity's obligation(s) under Subpart E of 45 CFR Part 164, comply with the requirements of Subpart E that apply to the covered entity in the performance of such obligation(s); and
(i) Make its internal practices, books, and records available to the Secretary for purposes of determining compliance with the HIPAA Rules.
Permitted Uses and Disclosures by Business Associate
(a) Business associate may only use or disclose protected health information as necessary to perform the services set forth in signed sales agreements between covered entity and business associate. Business associate is authorized to use protected health information to de-identify the information in accordance with 45 CFR 164.514(a)-(c).
(b) Business associate may use or disclose protected health information as required by law.
(c) Business associate agrees to make uses and disclosures and requests for protected health information consistent with covered entity’s minimum necessary policies and procedures.
(d) Business associate may not use or disclose protected health information in a manner that would violate Subpart E of 45 CFR Part 164 if done by covered entity, except for the specific uses and disclosures set forth below.
(e) Business associate may use protected health information for the proper management and administration of the business associate or to carry out the legal responsibilities of the business associate.
(f) Business associate may disclose protected health information for the proper management and administration of business associate or to carry out the legal responsibilities of the business associate, provided the disclosures are required by law, or business associate obtains reasonable assurances from the person to whom the information is disclosed that the information will remain confidential and used or further disclosed only as required by law or for the purposes for which it was disclosed to the person, and the person notifies business associate of any instances of which it is aware in which the confidentiality of the information has been breached.
(g) Business associate may provide data aggregation services relating to the health care operations of the covered entity.
Provisions for Covered Entity to Inform Business Associate of Privacy Practices and Restrictions
(a) Covered entity shall notify business associate of any limitation(s) in the notice of privacy practices of covered entity under 45 CFR 164.520, to the extent that such limitation may affect business associate’s use or disclosure of protected health information.
(b) Covered entity shall notify business associate of any changes in, or revocation of, the permission by an individual to use or disclose his or her protected health information, to the extent that such changes may affect business associate’s use or disclosure of protected health information.
(c) Covered entity shall notify business associate of any restriction on the use or disclosure of protected health information that covered entity has agreed to or is required to abide by under 45 CFR 164.522, to the extent that such restriction may affect business associate’s use or disclosure of protected health information.
Permissible Requests by Covered Entity
Covered entity shall not request business associate to use or disclose protected health information in any manner that would not be permissible under Subpart E of 45 CFR Part 164 if done by covered entity. Business associate reserves the right to use or disclose protected health information as legally allowable for provisions, including data aggregation or management and administration and legal responsibilities of the business associate.
Term and Termination
(a) Term. The Term of this Agreement shall be effective as of the date of your signed sales agreement with Treatspace, Inc., and shall terminate at the end of contract or on the date covered entity terminates for cause as authorized in paragraph (b) of this Section, whichever is sooner.
(b) Termination for Cause. Covered entity authorizes termination of this Agreement by business associate, if business associate determines covered entity has violated a material term of the Agreement and covered entity has not cured the breach or ended the violation within the time specified by business associate.
(c) Obligations of Business Associate Upon Termination. Upon termination of this Agreement for any reason, business associate, with respect to protected health information received from covered entity, or created, maintained, or received by business associate on behalf of covered entity, shall:
Retain only that protected health information which is necessary for business associate to continue its proper management and administration or to carry out its legal responsibilities;
Return to covered entity [or, if agreed to by covered entity, destroy] the remaining protected health information that the business associate still maintains in any non-archived and encrypted format;
Continue to use appropriate safeguards and comply with Subpart C of 45 CFR Part 164 with respect to electronic protected health information to prevent use or disclosure of the protected health information, other than as provided for in this Section, for as long as business associate retains the protected health information;
Not use or disclose the protected health information retained by business associate other than for the purposes for which such protected health information was retained and subject to the same conditions set out in paragraphs (e) and (f) above under “Permitted Uses and Disclosures By Business Associate” which applied prior to termination; and
Return to covered entity [or, if agreed to by covered entity, destroy] the protected health information retained by business associate when it is no longer needed by business associate for its proper management and administration or to carry out its legal responsibilities.
(d) Survival. The obligations of business associate under this Section shall survive the termination of this Agreement.
(a) Regulatory References. A reference in this Agreement to a section in the HIPAA Rules means the section as in effect or as amended.
(b) Third Party Rules. Treatspace will not be held responsible for communications between covered entities, third party business associates, and patients. It is up to each party which uses Treatspace to enforce all actions in compliance with HIPAA regulations, including the HIPAA Omnibus rules.
(c) Amendment. The Parties agree to take such action as is necessary to amend this Agreement from time to time as is necessary for compliance with the requirements of the HIPAA Rules and any other applicable law.
(d) Interpretation. Any ambiguity in this Agreement shall be interpreted to permit compliance with the HIPAA Rules.