Robyn Whipple Diaz
9223 Lorton Valley Road, Lorton, VA 22079
Phone: (703) 558-1100 (work) / (703) 646-5615 (home)
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
Juris Doctor, cum laude, May 2003
Relevant coursework: Public Health Law and Ethics; Health Law and Policy
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, May 1998
Majors: Politics and Sociology
Minor: Women’s Studies
Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, Virginia (Corporate Counsel)
MedStar Health, Inc., Arlington, VA
Associate General Counsel July 2007-Present
Assistant General Counsel February 2006-June 2007
Advise internal clients regarding regulatory and compliance-related issues including
licensing, reimbursement, privacy and security of health information, and fraud and
abuse prevention. Counsel and train clinical staff on patient care matters, including
informed consent and guardianship issues. Draft and review contracts and policies.
Crowell & Moring, Washington, D.C.
Associate September 2003-January 2006
Law Clerk January-April 2003
Summer Associate July-August 2002
Fraud and abuse. Reviewed physician-hospital contracts for anti-kickback and self-
referral violations as part of legal compliance audit. Drafted pleadings in federal qui tam
action. Reviewed documents in response to OIG subpoena and coordinated document
production. Prepared multi-state survey on fraud and abuse laws. Assisted with
development of ethics and compliance training program for health plan employees.
Health information privacy. Advised clients regarding various aspects of the HIPAA
Privacy Rule, including business associate agreements, protections specific to
psychotherapy notes, disclosures in response to an order of a court or administrative
tribunal, and preemption issues. Drafted letter to federal official concerning the
application of the HIPAA Privacy Rule to the practice of forensic psychiatry.
Health insurance regulation. Drafted contract between health plan and vendor. Prepared
filings required by insurance holding company laws. Drafted pleadings related to plan
subrogation claims. Interviewed plan employees as part of legal audit. Summarized
legislative developments related to health coverage portability, MA plans and PDP plans.
Reimbursement. Drafted position papers and discovery requests in proceedings before
the PRRB. Researched Medicare wage index, secondary payor, and disproportionate
share hospital payment issues. Drafted novation agreement between CMS and plan
sponsor to ensure continuity of payments following merger.
Other regulatory and compliance issues. Researched state medical record retention
requirements. Reviewed state credentialing and peer review laws. Drafted antitrust
presentation for hospital system compliance program. Updated resource packet on
restraints of trade affecting non-physician providers.
Whitman-Walker Clinic, Washington, D.C. June 2002
Legal Intern (Crowell & Moring Public Interest Fellow), General Counsel’s Office
Drafted memoranda, contracts, and policies, including corporate compliance plan.
U.S. Department of Labor, Plan Benefits Security Division Summer 2001
Drafted memoranda related to ERISA welfare and pension benefits claim denials.
Assisted litigators in discovery matters on benefits denial cases.
Other Professional Experience
Center for Studying Health System Change, Washington, D.C. Fall 2000-Spring 2001
Prepared team members for interviews with representatives of managed care and
provider organizations. Analyzed data on the state of health care in twelve U.S. cities.
Health Care Advisory Board, Washington, D.C.
Senior Manager, National Systems November 1999-July 2000
Research Manager (Managed Care Issues) April 1999-October 1999
Research Associate (Women’s Health and Pediatrics Issues) June 1998-March 1999
Interviewed hospital executives and clinicians. Drafted “best practice” briefs. Served as
primary client contact responsible for project intake, editing and staff management.
Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies January 2008-Present
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Health Systems Administration
Co-teach a graduate course on the Law and Health Care Administration.
Academic Preceptor, Program in Health Care Management and Policy
Served as academic preceptor to undergraduates during the Spring 2008 and Spring 2009
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA Spring 1997-Fall 1997
Peer Assistant, Department of Sociology
Assisted Professor Karen Hansen, Ph.D., in teaching courses on Feminist Critiques of
Society and the Sociology of Families to undergraduates.
Peer Reviewer for The Journal of Hospital Ethics, Policy in Practice Section, vol. 1, no.
1 (Summer 2007).
State Use of Deemed Accreditation for Managed Care Organizations: The Debate
Behind the Trend, AHLA HMOs and Health Plans Newsletter, Vol. 9 (Winter 2006).
Health Maintenance Organization Act (chapter), District of Columbia Practice Manual,
Updates for the 13th (2004), 14th (2005), 17th (2008) and 18th (2009) Editions.
Contributor to Health Plan Lawsuit Watch, AIS Managed Care, available at
Unequal Access: The Crisis of Health Care Inequality for Low-Income African-
American Residents of the District of Columbia, 7 J. Health Care L. & Pol’y 120 (2004).
Co-Presenter, “The Year in Review.” – MedStar Health Office of Corporate Business
Integrity Strategic Planning Seminar (January 24, 2008).
Co-Presenter, “Community Outreach Training: End-Of-Life Health Care Decision-
Making Project.” – District of Columbia Bar Health Law Section (January 9, 2008).
Presenter, “Patient Consent and Capacity to Make Health Care Decisions.” Washington
Hospital Center Clinical Resource Management and Patient Advocacy Education Session
(September 12, 2007); Washington Hospital Center Bioethics Committee Meeting (April
9, 2007); Georgetown University Hospital Peri-Operative Services Education Day
(January 16, 2007).
Presenter, “Health Care Decision-Making.” Georgetown University Hospital New Social
Worker Education Session (August 9, 2007).
Co-Moderator, "Privacy and Information Security: Emerging Issues for Businesses and
Consumers." – District of Columbia Bar Panel Discussion (November 27, 2007).
Presenter, “Managed Care Contracting.” MedStar Health Managed Care Division
Education Session (February 20, 2007).
Guest Lecturer, “EMTALA and Discharge Planning”, “Privacy and Security” and
“Managed Care” – Georgetown University Graduate Program in Health Systems
Administration, Course on the Law and Healthcare Administration (January 31, 2007;
February 7, 2007; March 14, 2007).
Moderator, “An Overview of Health Information Technology: Challenges and
Opportunities.” – District of Columbia Bar Panel Discussion (May 1, 2006).
Presenter, “Beyond HIPAA: Security Breach Notification Requirements.” – Crowell &
Moring Healthcare Ounce of Prevention Seminar (October 27, 2005).
Presenter, “Data, Data Everywhere: Offshore Outsourcing of Electronic Health
Information.” – Crowell & Moring Healthcare Ounce of Prevention Seminar (October
American Bar Association, Health Law Section
District of Columbia Bar Association, Health Law Section
Virginia Bar Association, Health Law Section
New York State Bar Association, Health Law Section
American Health Lawyers Association
District of Columbia Hospital Association Quality, Safety and Compliance Committee
Health Care Compliance Association
Academic Awards and Honors
CALI Excellence for the Future Award Recipient, Georgetown University Law Center,
(highest grade in class on Urban Policy and the Law), 2003
Dean’s List, Georgetown University Law Center (4 semesters)
Certificate of Merit, Georgetown University Law Center Office of Public Interest and
Community Service, 2001
Dean’s List, Brandeis University (5 semesters)
Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, Brandeis University (selection based on GPA), 1998
Other Awards and Honors
District of Columbia Bar Health Law Section Steering Committee (elected by peers; term
runs from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2010); Co-chair of Steering Committee, 2008-2009
(Health Law Section won the “Best Section of the Year” award in June 2009).
Who’sWho in American Law, 2005-2006, 14th Edition.