Are Business Associate Agreements Singed Every Year?

No. You do not need to get a new business associate agreement (BAA) signed every year. In fact, you only need to get it signed once at the beginning of the vendor relationship.

The latest version of the "official" BAA (on H.H.S. website) went into effect January, 2013. Therefore, agreements you have signed after 2013 should be valid.

The only caveat to this would be if there is a major regulatory change in the future; however, H.H.S. has not made any announcements regarding such.

Not sure which vendors are required to sign a business associate agreement? Read Who Are HIPAA Business Associates and Why You Should Care

by Dr. Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown, DC, is CEO at HIPAAMATE and dedicated to making HIPAA compliance comfortable for small- and medium-sized healthcare practices and business associates. Dr. Brown’s career spans private practice, compliance consulting, and software product management for three healthcare technology companies.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this article, the information provided herein may not be applicable in every situation and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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