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Reminder to Sign Business Associate Agreement

Feb 25, 2010

Reminder to Sign Business Associate Agreement

 

 

In December, Anthem Blue Cross sent brokers a request to review and sign their new Business Associate Agreement (BAA). The agreement is required by federal law.

If you have not yet signed the new BAA, please do so promptly. If you receive a second-notice letter, Anthem Blue Cross has not received the signed BAA.

For your convenience, Anthem has developed a secure website so you can electronically sign the new BAA. You can use the website to access, review, electronically sign, and print your new BAA. Your privacy is important to Anthem and this secure method of executing your agreement will protect your personal information.

Please follow the steps below to ensure a secure process:

  1. Visit Anthem's secure site by entering the URL exactly as follows:

http://baagreement.com/signature

  1. Enter your full Tax Identification Number in the appropriate field on the screen
  2. Enter the Access Code shown on your notice letter (if you do not have the letter, ask your Broker/Agency Services area or Sales Representative for your unique Access Code)
  3. Click on the "Validate" button
  4. On the next screen, click on the "View BAA" button
  5. Read the BAA, then enter your name in the electronic signature field
  6. Click the "I Agree" button

If your new BAA is not on file, your access to member protected health information will be restricted. This will jeopardize the level of service provided to our customers, and may put your continued business partnership at risk with Anthem.  If you have not already responded, please do so promptly!

Background

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) includes a number of privacy provisions that directly impact you as a business associate. ARRA makes HIPAA privacy requirements directly applicable to you, our business associate, and allows for direct state and federal enforcement of those requirements.

ARRA also requires covered entities to issue amended Business Associate Agreements (BAAs). As our business associate, you are required to sign the new BAA and comply with the new HIPAA/ARRA requirements, which include notifying us of any use or disclosure of protected health information (PHI) not permitted by your BAA or any breach of the security of your information systems.

For additional information, please download the Business Associate Agreements FAQs for Brokers or contact your Sales Representative.

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