HIPAA Business Associate Agreement

This Business Associate Agreement (“Agreement”) is between Novosi, LLC (“Novosi”) and the therapist or other professional entering into a services agreement with Novosi. It is entered into in connection with the provision of services by Novosi that may require disclosure of certain sensitive information to Novosi. In consideration of the payments, promises and other benefits exchanged hereunder, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows:

  1. Definitions
    1. Catch-all definition:
    2. 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.

    3. Specific definitions:
      1. 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 Novosi.
      2. Covered Entity. “Covered Entity” shall generally have the same meaning as the term “covered entity” at 45 CFR 160.103, and in reference to the party to this agreement, shall mean the party entering into a services agreement with Novosi.
      3. HIPAA Rules. “HIPAA Rules” shall mean the Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules at 45 CFR Part 160 and Part 164.
  2. Obligations and Activities of Business Associate
  3. Business Associate agrees to:

    1. Not use or disclose protected health information other than as permitted or required by the Agreement or as required by law;
    2. 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;
    3. 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;
    4. 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;
    5. 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; provided that the Covered Entity shall be responsible to identify the specific dates and times of the designated record set requested, since Novosi does not retain information sufficient to link any record set to a particular individual;
    6. 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;
    7. Make available the information that is kept by Novosi to the extent it is required to provide an accounting of disclosures to the Covered Entity as necessary to satisfy Covered Entity’s obligations under 45 CFR 164.528;
    8. 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
    9. Make its internal practices, books, and records available to the Secretary for purposes of determining compliance with the HIPAA Rules.
  4. Permitted Uses and Disclosures by Business Associate
    1. Business Associate may use or disclose protected health information as necessary to perform the services set forth in its agreement with Covered Entity. Business Associate may only de-identify protected health information and use such de-identified information as expressly provided in its services agreement with Covered Entity. Otherwise, Business Associate is not authorized to use protected health information to de-identify any protected health information.
    2. Business Associate may use or disclose protected health information as required by law.
    3. Business Associate agrees to make uses and disclosures and requests for protected health information consistent with Covered Entity’s minimum necessary policies and procedures.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
  5. Provisions for Covered Entity to Inform Business Associate of Privacy Practices and Restrictions
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
  6. Term and Termination
    1. Term. The Term of this Agreement shall be effective as of the date this Agreement is signed and shall terminate on the termination of the engagement of Business Associate.
    2. Termination for Cause. Business Associate authorizes termination of this Agreement by Covered Entity, if Covered Entity determines business associate has violated a material term of the Agreement and Business Associate has not cured the breach or ended the violation within 30 days after notice thereof.
    3. Obligations of Business Associate Upon Termination. Upon termination of this Agreement for any reason, Business Associate shall return to Covered Entity or destroy all protected health information received from Covered Entity, or created, maintained, or received by Business Associate on behalf of Covered Entity, that the Business Associate still maintains in any form. Business Associate shall retain no copies of the protected health information; provided that if the Business Associate finds it necessary to use or disclose protected health information for its own management and administration or to carry out its legal responsibilities and the Business Associate needs to retain protected health information for such purposes after termination of the agreement, the Business Associate may do so.
    4. 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:
      1. 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;
      2. Return to Covered Entity or destroy the remaining protected health information that the Business Associate still maintains in any form;
      3. 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;
      4. 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 this Agreement which applied prior to termination; and
      5. Return to Covered Entity or 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.
    5. Survival. The obligations of Business Associate under this Section shall survive the termination of this Agreement.
  7. Miscellaneous
    1. Regulatory References. A reference in this Agreement to a section in the HIPAA Rules means the section as in effect or as amended.
    2. 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.
    3. Interpretation. Any ambiguity in this Agreement shall be interpreted to permit compliance with the HIPAA Rules.