Introduction Part I contains information about this document, which provides the written record of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Business Continuity Plan. Introduction to This Document Planning for the business continuity of MIT in the aftermath of a disaster is a complex task. This document records the Plan that outlines and coordinates these efforts, reflecting the analyses by representatives from these organizations and by the MIT Information Security Officer, Gerald I.
The three installments will cover background on these changes, guidance on how to avoid liability for breaches by business associates, and discussion on adjustments needed in the business associate relationship as well as ongoing strategies for adapting to the recent changes.
HITECH and Omnibus Rule Changes to the BA Relationship In the HITECH Act, Congress effectively made HIPAA business associates—that is, persons or entities that provide a service for or on behalf of a covered entity other than the provision of healthcare—into covered entities, thereby expanding government regulation of healthcare to additional areas such as transcription services, copy services, billing services, and medical marketing services.
The final rule also adds a new category of services—patient safety activities—to the list of functions and activities that a person or an entity may undertake on behalf of a covered entity that gives rise to a business associate relationship.
The following three categories of service providers are specifically identified as business associates under the final rule: For another of the changes important to note, the HITECH Act and final rule not only expanded the list of entities that are defined as business associates, but also it expanded the liability for breaches of health information confidentiality.
Before the HITECH Act, covered entities were only liable for the breach of one of their business associates if they had actual knowledge of the breach and did not take any action to remediate it.
Covered entities will also now be liable for breaches by business associates under the federal common law of agency. See the side bar below for more on determining the presence of an agency relationship. HHS noted that several factors are important to consider in any analysis to determine the scope of agency: In Community for Creative Non-Violence v.
Source of the instrumentalities and tools. Location of the work. Duration of the relationship between the parties. Whether the hiring party has the right to assign additional projects to the hired party. Whether the work is part of the regular business of the hiring party. Whether the hiring party is in business.
Provision of employee benefits.
Tax treatment of the hired party. HHS noted that a business associate can be an agent of a covered entity:The Style Manual used by the New York State Law Reporting Bureau in preparing court decisions for publication in the New York Official Reports.
Willful blindness (sometimes called ignorance of law: willful ignorance or contrived ignorance or Nelsonian knowledge) is a term used in law to describe a situation in which a person seeks to avoid civil or criminal liability for a wrongful act by intentionally keeping himself or herself unaware of facts that would render him or her liable.
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Introduction 2. A Key U.S. Supreme Court Ruling. 3. Factors Indicating Voluntary Agreements. 4. Putting It “In Writing” outweighed by the need to avoid the “substantial financial and practical” burdens. Types of Limitation of Liability. Every transaction, especially if it involves software or online services, requires a contract.
The contract reduces risk and outlines expectations.