Are Business Associate Agreements Singed Every Year?
By: Dr. Jeff Brown |
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
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.