What is a Business Associate Agreement?

A “business associate” is a person or entity that performs certain functions or activities that involve the use or disclosure of protected health information (PHI) on behalf of, or provides services to, a covered entity.

Agencies using FOCUS-CSS are covered entities. Because we must support the program that stores their client records, we wish to assure our customers that we maintain compliance with HIPAA regulations.

Each business using FOCUS-CSS creates with FOCUS-Technologies a formal Business Associate Agreement to comply in all respects with the requirements of HIPAA.

Covered entities may disclose PHI to an entity in its role as a business associate only to help the covered entity carry out its functions – not for the business associate’s independent use or purposes, except as needed for the proper management and administration of the business associate.

We take the privacy of your clients very seriously. You can count on us to maintain confidentiality and safeguard your clients PHI.

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