Free Documents Help With HITECH Compliance

Business associate agreement template included Healthcare organizations scrambling to comply with the breach notification rule under the HITECH Act now can access an updated version of a free business associate agreement template.

The North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance revised its model business associate agreement to reflect all the HITECH requirements, which update the original HIPAA privacy and security rule provisions.

Under HITECH, business associates must report information breaches to "covered entities" with which they do business. These entities include, for example, hospitals, health plans and physician groups. Federal officials will begin enforcing the rule Feb. 22.

The model agreement, developed by the organization's legal workgroup, is available at

The organization also offers other free standard documents to assist with HITECH and HIPAA compliance, including: a document to notify business associates about the new HITECH Act requirements; a template for business associate alerts; and a summary of HITECH provisions for business associates.

About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

News Editor, ISMG

Anderson is news editor of Information Security Media Group and was founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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