Jason-

I believe it depends on how your are being utilized.  It would seem that as
legal counsel you may be exposed to PHI when they are asking you to defend
them in any litigation brought by a patient or if they are working against
an insurance company for non-payment etc.  The agreement should state that
they require you to adopt their established HIPAA policies to protect the
PHI that they disclose to you.  So along with the agreement should be how
they are placing utilizing reasonable safeguards in place and that you
should do the same when using the PHI

That is my interpretation of what HIPAA says for us as a covered entity to
do

Craig Moen, MPT
Director of Rehabilitation
HIPAA Privacy Official
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-----Original Message-----
From: Jason Cantos [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2003 12:24 PM
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
Subject: business associate questions


I work in a small law firm.  A couple of our clients asked us to sign
business associate agreements.  These business associate agreements require
the law firm to adopt HIPAA specific policies and procedures.  Are there any
business associates (law firms specifically) that are doing this?

On an unrelated matter, the provider of our dental insurance asked us to
sign a business associate agreement, with us as the business associate--I
just don't see how we are a business associate in this situation.

Thanks so much for your help.





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