Structuring Indemnification Provisions in Business Associate Agreements: Allocating Risk in Healthcare Contracting
Rick Hindmand will be a panelist on a live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A on June 2. He will present on "Structuring Indemnification Provisions in Business Associate Agreements: Allocating Risk in Healthcare Contracting."
Many covered entities and business associates consider indemnification critical. Business associates are directly liable under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and covered entities view indemnification provisions as additional protection. Business associates, as well as covered entities, use them to allocate or mitigate their risk.
Not all BAAs contain indemnification provisions and, when included, these clauses vary and can generate heavy negotiation. Often, however, parties (particularly business associates) enter into BAAs without recognizing the significance and potential variations of indemnification terms.
Before deciding whether to include or exclude indemnification provisions and their scope, healthcare counsel should weigh various considerations. For example, will such a provision adversely impact insurance coverage, limit liability, or unfairly shift costs? When designing indemnification provisions, counsel should consider the consequences of state law, whether a court will interpret a unilateral provision as reciprocal, how the provisions interact with the terms of the underlying contract, and whether the provision incorporates appropriate controls if breach notification issues arise.
Listen as our authoritative panel of healthcare attorneys discusses whether and when to include indemnification provisions in BAAs, variations in the scope of indemnification, and the factors counsel should consider when making those determinations. The panel will offer alternatives and best practices for negotiating and structuring those provisions.