A definition for Business Associate [Public Welfare].

A business associate refers to a person or entity that performs certain functions or activities that involve the use or disclosure of protected health information on behalf of, or provides services to, a covered entity.

Business associate functions and activities include:

a. claims processing or administration;

b. data analysis, processing or administration;

c. utilization review;

d. quality assurance; billing;

e. benefit management;

f. practice management; and

g. repricing.

Business associate services are legal, actuarial, accounting, consulting, data aggregation, management, administrative, accreditation, and financial. [45 CFR 160.103].