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ECRI Institute's Accident Investigation team has gathered a wealth of unique field intelligence on medical accidents over more than four decades. So that you can share confidential information safely and have immediate full-access to our investigation expertise and services, we introduce our new Accident Intelligence Program™.

This free program streamlines access to our services by putting one (or two) important agreements in place so you can get the answers and expertise you need as quickly as possible, without the fear of HIPAA violations or legal delays.

Additionally, program participants will receive frequent insights from the intelligence we have gathered over the years in a free e-newsletter, The Latest Intel.

Participation in the Accident Intelligence Program is available only to healthcare systems, healthcare facilities, and independent biomedical service organizations.

Why Participate in the Accident Intelligence Program?

By signing a HIPAA Business Associates Agreement (BAA) with ECRI Institute you become an Accident Intelligence Program participant.

Establishing the requisite BAA in advance will protect your institution from inadvertent HIPAA violations and expedite engaging accident investigation services. In the event of an incident, we need to ask questions and you need the freedom to speak openly with us without fear of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Once a BAA is established, ECRI Institute will immediately be able to safely receive and discuss protected health information (PHI).

The Accident Investigation terms and conditions can also be agreed upon in advance, so that no time will be lost establishing an investigation contract. These terms and conditions, which specify the legal details of the business relationship between your institution and ECRI Institute, are appended to our investigation proposal and remain the same from case to case. Establishing them proactively, although optional, speeds the process, allowing you to gain turnkey access to accident investigation services.

How to become an Accident Intelligence Program Participant

Completing the following steps will enroll you in the Accident Intelligence Program and ensure that the necessary paperwork is already done, saving valuable time when an urgent need for accident investigation arises.

  1. Review and sign the ECRI Institute Accident Investigation Business Associate Agreement (BAA) written specifically for this type of work. 
    • If you wish to amend the BAA, please contact us to request a Word version.
  2. Fill out and submit the registration form, being sure to attach the signed/amended BAA (or the latest version of your organization's BAA).
  3. Optional: Review and sign the terms and conditions (check "Yes" in registration form to receive).

If you have any questions please contact Barbara Malanga, Accident Intelligence Program Coordinator at bmalanga@ecri.org.

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 The Latest Intel: HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

Q1, 2017

Did you know that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) lists 18 identifiers in its definition of Protected Health Information (PHI)? HIPAA has very stringent requirements for handling PHI to protect it from public access, either purposely or accidentally. Substantial monetary fines can be levied on facilities for breaching HIPAA regulations. For a healthcare facility to share or discuss PHI with an outside party, the party must agree to protect any PHI in accordance with the HIPAA regulations, the terms of which, are spelled out in what is called a Business Associate Agreement (BAA).

Some of the 18 PHI identifiers include name, social security number, medical record number, birth date, and admission date. These mentioned are typically printed on patient identification stickers that are applied to diverse items involved with patient care (e.g., IV bags, specimen containers, even water pitchers). Interestingly, in the absence of a BAA, facilities often send medical devices to ECRI Institute for third party investigation in their original biohazard bags and specimen containers. These often have the patient's ID sticker affixed to the bag or container resulting in an inadvertent violation of HIPAA. We have also noticed that attempts to redact PHI from medical records or to avoid entering PHI into incident summaries is often incomplete. Therefore, ECRI Institute recommends that healthcare institutions establish a HIPAA BAA with any consultants reviewing or investigating medical incidents. Follow this link to get more information about the federal HIPAA regulations.

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HIPAA business associates agreements safeguard against HIPAA violations.

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