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					                                     Robyn Whipple Diaz
                         9223 Lorton Valley Road, Lorton, VA 22079
                     Phone: (703) 558-1100 (work) / (703) 646-5615 (home)
                               E-Mail: robyn.w.diaz@medstar.net

Education
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
Juris Doctor, cum laude, May 2003
Relevant coursework: Public Health Law and Ethics; Health Law and Policy
GPA: 3.48

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, May 1998
Majors: Politics and Sociology
Minor: Women’s Studies
GPA: 3.66

Affiliations
Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, Virginia (Corporate Counsel)

Legal Experience
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
Legal Intern
    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
Project Intern
    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.

Teaching
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
        semesters.

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.
Publications
      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
       http://www.aishealth.com/ManagedCare/HMOLawsuitWatch.html (2003-2005).
      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).

Presentations
      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
       22, 2004).

Professional Memberships
      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.

				
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