In March of 2013, the HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule went into effect, but the rule changes weren't enforced until September of that year. While healthcare professionals were required to comply with the vast majority of the new regulations as of the September deadline, though, there was a slight exception when it came to agreements with business associates. The Final Rule redefined what a business associate actually was, and set specific rules about what contracts between covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs) must include. The new rule stated that any existing contracts between CEs and BAs must be updated upon the expiration of the agreement or by September 23, 2014, whichever came first. If your existing contracts haven't expired, though, you may have forgotten all about the need to make the required updates. To make sure that you don't fall out of compliance with HIPAA, here's a quick breakdown of everything that you need to know.