HIPAA

PRIORITY AUTHORIZATIONS PRIVACY STATEMENT Priority Authorizations (PA) is committed to safeguarding the security and privacy of the health information of the patients and medical providers we serve. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that we protect the privacy of your protected health information. Protected information is defined as information collected and stored that pertains to your health or payment for healthcare on your behalf.

PA has an ongoing compliance training program for all our employees. PA employs the strictest measures and policies to ensure the protection and privacy of health information in accordance to all HIPAA regulations.

PRIORITY AUTHORIZATIONS (PA) agrees to:

(a) Not use or disclose protected health information other than as permitted or required by the Agreement or as required by law;

(b) Use appropriate safeguards, and comply with HIPAA rules, Subpart C of 45 CFR Part 164 with respect to electronic protected health information, to prevent use or disclosure of protected health information other than as provided for by the Agreement;

(c) Report to covered entity any use or disclosure of protected health information not provided for by the Agreement of which it becomes aware, including breaches of unsecured protected health information as required at 45 CFR 164.410, and any security incident of which it becomes aware;

(d) In accordance with 45 CFR 164.502(e)(1)(ii) and 164.308(b)(2), if applicable, ensure that any subcontractors that create, receive, maintain, or transmit protected health information on behalf of the business associate agree to the same restrictions, conditions, and requirements that apply to the business associate with respect to such information;

(e) Make available protected health information in a designated record set to the "covered entity" or "individual designee" as necessary to satisfy covered entity's obligations under 45 CFR 164.524;

(f) Make any amendment(s) to protected health information in a designated record set as directed or agreed to by the covered entity pursuant to 45 CFR 164.526, or take other measures as necessary to satisfy covered entity's obligations under 45 CFR 164.526;

(g) Maintain and make available the information required to provide an accounting of disclosures to the "covered entity" or "individual" as necessary to satisfy covered entity's obligations under 45 CFR 164.528;

(h) To the extent the business associate is to carry out one or more of covered entity's obligation(s) under Subpart E of 45 CFR Part 164, comply with the requirements of Subpart E that apply to the covered entity in the performance of such obligation(s); and

(i) Make its internal practices, books, and records available to the Secretary for purposes of determining compliance with the HIPAA Rules.

Permitted Uses and Disclosures by Priority Authorizations (PA)

(a) PA may only use or disclose protected health information In accordance with existing service agreements between covered entities such as necessary to perform the services set forth in Service Agreement. "Priority Authorizations" is authorized to use protected health information to de-identify the information in accordance with 45 CFR 164.514(a)-(c).

(b) PA may use or disclose protected health information as required by law.

(c) PA agrees to make uses and disclosures and requests for protected health information consistent with covered entity's minimum necessary policies and procedures.

(d) PA may not use or disclose protected health information in a manner that would violate Subpart E of 45 CFR Part 164 if done by covered entity [if the Agreement permits the business associate to use or disclose protected health information for its own management and administration and legal responsibilities or for data aggregation services as set forth in optional provisions (e), (f), or (g) below, then add ", except for the specific uses and disclosures set forth below."]

(e) PA may use protected health information for the proper management and administration of the business associate or to carry out the legal responsibilities of the business associate.

(f) PA associate may disclose protected health information for the proper management and administration of business associate or to carry out the legal responsibilities of the business associate, provided the disclosures are required by law, or business associate obtains reasonable assurances from the person to whom the information is disclosed that the information will remain confidential and used or further disclosed only as required by law or for the purposes for which it was disclosed to the person, and the person notifies business associate of any instances of which it is aware in which the confidentiality of the information has been breached.

(g) PA may provide data aggregation services relating to the health care operations of the covered entity.

Provisions for Covered Entity to Inform PA of Privacy Practices and Restrictions

(a) Covered entity shall notify PA of any limitation(s) in the notice of privacy practices of covered entity under 45 CFR 164.520, to the extent that such limitation may affect business associate's use or disclosure of protected health information.

(b) Covered entity shall notify PA of any changes in, or revocation of, the permission by an individual to use or disclose his or her protected health information, to the extent that such changes may affect PA's use or disclosure of protected health information.

HIPAA Rules. (Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules at 45 CFR Part 160 and Part 164).