HLB is pleased to announce that Partner Linda Randlett Kollar of our Los Angeles Office has been recognized as a Pro Bono Champion by the American Health Lawyers Association for her “dedication to providing pro bono services in the health law field.”
Ms. Kollar was specifically recognized for her representation of a client that contracts with the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide mental health and other services to unaccompanied alien minors. The Office insisted that the entity was not covered by HIPAA, demanding the client send electronic reports containing sensitive health and other information to their offices without utilizing industry-standard security measures, such as data encryption. On behalf of the provider, Ms. Kollar provided a memorandum to the Office, detailing the requirements of applicable state and federal health privacy laws. The client is now able to transmit all of the minors’ confidential information, including protected health information, by encryption without objection from the Office and the Office has directed the contractors to transmit confidential information securely .