2013 was a stressful year for healthcare professionals. As though HIPAA legislation wasn't already complicated enough, the HITECH Final Omnibus Rule was implemented. But while you were scrambling to decipher the HIPAA changes and make necessary updates to your policies and procedures, you may not have been giving a lot of thought to what your business associates were doing.
Sure, you may have taken the time to familiarize yourself with the new definition of a "HIPAA business associate" and establish acceptable business associate agreements, but beyond that, how much did your BAs really cross your mind last year? The problem with not considering these entities is that you and they are interlinked.