Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - December 12, 2017
December 12, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #31

Community Paramedicine Business Associate Agreements between Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - School of Pharmacy (LECOM), Centerstone, and Manatee County Rural Health Services (MCR).


Contact and/or Presenter Information

James Crutchfield, Community Paramedicine Chief, x 1648

Action Requested

Authorization to execute Agreements with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - School of Pharmacy (LECOM), Centerstone, and Manatee County Rural Health Services (MCR).

Enabling/Regulating Authority


Background Discussion

Manatee County Department of Public Safety’s Community Paramedicine Program, a Covered Entity under HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), is required to sign Business Associate Agreements (BAA) with certain organizations and individuals to whom they share Protected Heath Information (PHI).  

Due to the unique operations and partner collaboration of the Community Paramedicine Program, PHI is shared to ensure the most favorable outcomes are obtained for enrolled patients.  Coordinating and organizing patient care requires the community paramedic program to communicate and use health information to guide the delivery of safe, appropriate, and effective care.

Currently, the Community Paramedicine Program has formed several community partnerships.  The Community Paramedic Program collaborates with LECOM, Centerstone, and MCR to form and achieve clearly identified patient centric goals. Having executed BAAs with community partners will ensure that all HIPAA regulations are met while meeting common patient goals.

Business Association Agreements have been reviewed by Pamela J. D’Agostino, Assistant County Attorney, reference CAO Matter No. 2017-0271.

County Attorney Review
Formal Written Review (Opinion memo must be attached)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please return the signed original BAAs and provide one copy of each agreement to Mindy Whalen, Community Paramedicine Resource Coordinator, X 3501.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$0 001.0007103 Community Paramedicine

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
$0 No Cost

Attachment:  Memo.pdf
Attachment:  MCR.pdf
Attachment:  Centerstone.pdf
Attachment:  LECOM.pdf