Pragmatic Practice, Inc Business Associate Agreement

THIS AGREEMENT is current from the date you register with PragmaticPractice.com, by and amoung PRAGMATIC PRACTICE, INC, a Corporation organized under the laws of the State of Illinois (herinafter known as “Covered Entity”) and the REGISTERED USER of PragmaticPractice.com herinafter known as “Business Associate”). Covered Entity and Business Associate shall collectively be known as “the Parties”.

WHEREAS, Covered Entity is a health care billing assistance company whose activities are generally described as providing medical billing assistance;

WHEREAS Business Associate is in the business of providing health care services and its activites are generally described as a health care professional;

WHEREAS, Covered Entity wishes to commends a business relationship with Business Associate that shall be memorialized in a seperate services agreement which has yet to be executed;

WHEREAS, the nature of the prospective contractual relationship between Covered Entity and Business Associate may involve the exchange of Protected Health information (PHI) as that term is defined under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009(HITECH Act), including all pertinant regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS);

The premises having been considered and with acknowledgement of the mutual promises and of other good and valuable consideration herin contained, the Parties, intending to be legally bound, hereby agree as follows:

Definitions

Breach
“Breach” has the same meaning as this term has in §13400 of the HITECH Act
Business Associate
“Business Associate” shall mean the REGISTERED USER of PragmaticPractice.com.
Covered Entity
“Covered Entity” shall mean PragmaticPractice, Inc.
Individual
“Individual” shall have the same meaning as the term “individual” in 45 CFR § 160.103 and shall include a person who qualifies as a personal representative in accordance with 45 CFR § 164.502(g).
Privacy Rule
“Privacy Rule” shall mean the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information at 45 CFR Part 160 and Part 164, Subparts A and E.
Protected Health Information
“Protected Health Information” shall have the same meaning as the term “protected health information” (PHI) in 45 CFR § 160.103, limited to the information created or received by Business Associate from or on behalf of Covered Entity.
Required By Law
“Required By Law” shall have the same meaning as the term ”required by law” in 45 CFR § 164.103.
Secretary
“Secretary ” shall mean the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services or their designee.
Security Standards
“Security Standards” shall mean the security standards for the protection of PHI promulgated by the Secretary in Title 45 CFR
Unsecured Protected Health Information
“Unsecured Protected Health Information” shall mean PHI that is not secured through the use of a technology or methodology specified by the Secretary in regulation or as otherwise defined in the §13402(h) of the HITECH Act

Obligations and Activities of Business Associate

  1. Business Associate agrees to not use or disclose Protected Health Information other than as permitted or required by the Agreement or as Required By Law.
  2. Business Associate agrees to use appropriate safeguards to prevent use or disclosure of the Protected Health Information other than as provided for by this Agreement.
  3. Business Associate agrees to mitigate, to the extent practicable, any harmful effect that is known to Business Associate of a use or disclosure of Protected Health Information by Business Associate in violation of the requirements of this Agreement.
  4. Business Associate agrees to report to Covered Entity any use or disclosure of the Protected Health Information not provided for by this Agreement of which it becomes aware.
  5. Business Associate agrees to ensure that any agent, including a subcontractor, to whom it provides Protected Health Information received from, or created or received by Business Associate on behalf of Covered Entity agrees to the same restrictions and conditions that apply through this Agreement to Business Associate with respect to such information.
  6. Business Associate agrees to provide access, at the request of Covered Entity, and in the time and manner consistent with 45 CFR § 164.524., to Protected Health Information in a Designated Record Set, to Covered Entity or, as directed by Covered Entity, to an Individual in order to meet the requirements under 45 CFR § 164.524.
  7. Business Associate agrees to make any amendment(s) to Protected Health Information in a Designated Record Set that the Covered Entity directs or agrees to pursuant to 45 CFR § 164.526 at the request of Covered Entity or an Individual, and in the time and manner directed by 45 CFR § 164.526.
  8. Business Associate agrees to make internal practices, books, and records, including policies and procedures and Protected Health Information, relating to the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information received from, or created or received by Business Associate on behalf of, Covered Entity available to the Secretary, in a reasonable time and manner, or designated by the Secretary, for purposes of the Secretary determining Covered Entity's compliance with the Privacy Rule.
  9. Business Associate agrees to document such disclosures of Protected Health Information and information related to such disclosures as would be required for Covered Entity to respond to a request by an Individual for an accounting of disclosures of Protected Health Information in accordance with 45 CFR § 164.528.
  10. Business Associate agrees to provide to Covered Entity or an Individual, in time and manner in accordance with 45 CFR § 164.528, information collected in accordance with Section titled “Obligations and Activities of Business Associate” of this Agreement, to permit Covered Entity to respond to a request by an Individual for an accounting of disclosures of Protected Health Information in accordance with 45 CFR § 164.528.

Permitted Uses and Disclosures by Business Associate

General Use and Disclosure Provisions

  1. Except as otherwise limited in this Agreement, Business Associate may use or disclose Protected Health Information to perform functions, activities, or services for, or on behalf of, Covered Entity as specified in the PragmaticPractice.com electronic billing terms of use, provided that such use or disclosure would not violate the Privacy Rule if done by Covered Entity or the minimum necessary policies and procedures of the Covered Entity.

Obligations of Covered Entity

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 its notice of privacy practices of Covered Entity in accordance with 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, permission by Individual to use or disclose 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 to the use or disclosure of Protected Health Information that Covered Entity has agreed to in accordance with 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 the Privacy Rule if done by Covered Entity.

Term and Termination

  1. Term. The Term of this Agreement shall be effective upon registering for an account at PragmaticPractice.com, and shall terminate when all of the Protected Health Information provided by Covered Entity to Business Associate, or created or received by Business Associate on behalf of Covered Entity, is destroyed or returned to Covered Entity, or, if it is infeasible to return or destroy Protected Health Information, protections are extended to such information, in accordance with the termination provisions in this Section.
  2. Termination for Cause. Upon Covered Entity's knowledge of a material breach by Business Associate, Covered Entity shall either:
    1. Provide an opportunity for Business Associate to cure the breach or end the violation and terminate this Agreement if Business Associate does not cure the breach or end the violation within the time specified by Covered Entity;
    2. Immediately terminate this Agreement if Business Associate has breached a material term of this Agreement and cure is not possible; or
    3. If neither termination nor cure are feasible, Covered Entity shall report the violation to the Secretary.
  3. Effect of Termination.
    1. Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this section, upon termination of this Agreement, for any reason, Business Associate shall return or destroy all Protected Health Information received from Covered Entity, or created or received by Business Associate on behalf of Covered Entity. This provision shall apply to Protected Health Information that is in the possession of subcontractors or agents of Business Associate. Business Associate shall retain no copies of the Protected Health Information.
    2. In the event that Business Associate determines that returning or destroying the Protected Health Information is infeasible, Business Associate shall provide to Covered Entity notification of the conditions that make return or destruction infeasible. Upon determination by Covered Entity that return or destruction of Protected Health Information is infeasible, Business Associate shall extend the protections of this Agreement to such Protected Health Information and limit further uses and disclosures of such Protected Health Information to those purposes that make the return or destruction infeasible, for so long as Business Associate maintains such Protected Health Information.

Miscellaneous

  1. Regulatory References. A reference in this Agreement to a section in the Privacy Rule 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 Covered Entity to comply with the requirements of the Privacy Rule and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-191.
  3. Survival. The respective rights and obligations of Business Associate of this Agreement shall survive the termination of this Agreement.
  4. Interpretation. Any ambiguity in this Agreement shall be resolved to permit Covered Entity to comply with the Privacy Rule.