Owl Practice Inc.
Business Associate Agreement
Last modified: December 23, 2021
Effective date: December 23, 2021
Welcome to www.owlpractice.com (the “Website”). This HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (“BAA”) is entered into by and between Owl Practice Inc. (“Owl”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) and you, and is made effective as of the date of electronic acceptance. This BAA sets forth each party’s respective obligations regarding the Services, and represents the entire agreement between you and Owl concerning the subject matter hereof.
The terms “you” or “your” shall refer to any individual or entity who accepts this BAA. Nothing in this BAA shall be deemed to confer any third-party rights or benefits.
We may, in our sole and absolute discretion, change or modify this BAA, any policies or agreements which are incorporated herein, and any limits or restrictions on the Services, at any time, and such changes or modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting to the Website. Your use of the Website or the Services after such changes or modifications shall constitute your acceptance of this BAA and Service limitations as last revised. If you do not agree to be bound by this BAA and the Services limitations as last revised, do not continue to use this Website or the Services.
We may occasionally notify you of changes or modifications to this BAA by email. It is therefore very important that you keep your contact information current. We assume no liability or responsibility for your failure to receive an email notification if such failure results from an inaccurate email address.
The parties agree as follows:
For purposes of this BAA, any capitalized terms not otherwise defined herein will have the meaning given to them in the BAA and under HIPAA.
a. “Business Associate” has the same meaning as the term “business associate” in 45 C.F.R. § 160.103 of HIPAA.
b. “Covered Entity” has the same meaning as the term “covered entity” in 45 C.F.R. § 160.103 of HIPAA
c. “HIPAA” means the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and the rules and the regulations thereunder, as amended (including with respect to the HITECH Act).
d. “HITECH Act” means the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act enacted in the United States Congress, which is Title XIII of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, and the regulations thereunder, as amended.
e. “Protected Health Information” or “PHI” will have the meaning given to it under HIPAA if provided to Owl in connection with your permitted use of the Services.
f. “Security Rule” means 45 C.F.R., Part 164, Subpart C, under HIPAA.
a. Parties. This BAA applies only to the extent you are acting as a Covered Entity or Business Associate to create, receive, maintain or transmit PHI via the Services and where Owl, as a result, is deemed under HIPAA to be acting as a Business Associate of you.
b. Services Scope. As of the effective date of this BAA, this BAA is applicable only to the described Services. Owl may expand the scope of the described Services to include other Owl products or services. If Owl expands the scope of the Services, this BAA will automatically apply to the additional products and services as of the date they are included, or the date Owl has otherwise provided written communication regarding an update to the scope of the included Services (whichever date is earlier).
4. Permitted Use and Disclosure
b. By You. You will not request Owl or the Services to use or disclose PHI in any manner that would not be permissible under HIPAA if done by a Covered Entity itself (unless otherwise expressly permitted under HIPAA for a Business Associate). In connection with your management and administration of the Services for end users, you are responsible for using the available controls within the Services to support your HIPAA compliance requirements, including enforcing appropriate controls to support your HIPAA compliance. You will not use the Services to create, receive, maintain or transmit PHI to other Owl services outside of the included Services, except where Owl has expressly entered into a separate HIPAA business associate agreement for use of such Owl services. If you use the Services in connection with PHI, you will use controls available within the Services to ensure (1) all other Owl products not part of the Services are disabled for all end users who use the included Services in connection with PHI (except those services where the end user and Owl already have an appropriate HIPAA business associate agreement in place); and (2) you take appropriate measures to limit your use of PHI in the Services to the minimum extent necessary for you to carry out your authorized use of such PHI. You agree that Owl has no obligation to protect PHI under this BAA to the extent you create, receive, maintain, or transmit such PHI outside of the Services.
5. Appropriate Safeguards
Owl and you will use appropriate safeguards designed to prevent against unauthorized use or disclosure of PHI, consistent with this BAA, and as otherwise required under the Security Rule, with respect to the Services.
Owl will promptly notify you following the discovery of a breach resulting in the unauthorized use or disclosure of PHI in violation of this BAA in the most expedient time possible under the circumstances, consistent with the legitimate needs of applicable law enforcement and applicable laws, and after taking any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and to restore the reasonable integrity of the Services system by using commercially reasonable efforts to mitigate any further harmful effects to the extent practicable. You hereby agree that any such report, notification or other notice made pursuant to this BAA may be provided electronically. For clarity, you and not Owl are responsible for managing whether your end users are authorized to create, receive, maintain or transmit PHI within the Services and Owl will have no obligations relating thereto. This Section will be deemed as notice to you that Owl periodically receives unsuccessful attempts for unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification or destruction of information or interference with the general operation of Owl’s information systems and the Services and even if such events are defined as a Security Incident under HIPAA, Owl will not provide any further notice regarding such unsuccessful attempts.
7. Agents and Subcontractors
Owl will take appropriate measures to ensure that any agents and subcontractors used by Owl to perform its obligations under the BAA that require access to PHI on behalf of Owl are bound by written obligations that provide the same material level of protection for PHI as this BAA. To the extent Owl uses agents and subcontractors in its performance of obligations hereunder, Owl will remain responsible for their performance as if performed by Owl itself under this BAA.
8. Accounting Rights
Owl will make available to you the PHI via the Services so you may fulfill your obligation to give individuals their rights of access, amendment, and accounting in accordance with the requirements under HIPAA. You are responsible for managing your use of the Services to appropriately respond to such individual requests.
9. Access to Records
To the extent required by law, and subject to applicable attorney client privileges, Owl will make its internal practices, books, and records concerning the use and disclosure of PHI received from you, or created or received by Owl on behalf of you,, available to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (the “Secretary”) for the purpose of the Secretary determining compliance with this BAA.
10. Return/Destruction of Information
This BAA will expire upon the earlier of: (i) the termination or expiration of the Services to which this BAA applies; or (ii) your acceptance of an updated HIPAA business associate agreement that supersedes this BAA.
It is the parties’ intent that any ambiguity under this BAA be interpreted consistently with the intent to comply with applicable laws.
13. Effect of Agreement