Robbi-Lynn Watnik is an attorney, Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC). She has over 35 years of experience in health care policy, with a special focus on health care compliance and privacy over the last 25 years. Ms. Watnik conducts research and analysis of federal regulations around privacy, security, federal health care programs and other government programs. Her duties include providing compliance advisory services, including conducting effectiveness evaluations of Compliance Programs. She has served as Interim Compliance and HIPAA Privacy Officer for a variety of health care organizations. Her experience includes evaluation of the effectiveness of compliance programs for several healthcare systems.
Previous Work Experience
Prior to joining Strategic Management, Ms. Watnik served as the Compliance Officer for a long-term care enterprise, as well as for a network of specialty physician offices. Additionally, Ms. Watnik has decades of experience serving in a variety of compliance related leadership roles with federal health care agencies. At the Veterans Health Administration, she served as Acting Chief and Deputy Chief Officer for the Office of Compliance and Business Integrity. At the Defense Health Agency, she was the HIPAA Compliance Officer and was a member of the Defense Health Agency Privacy Board. She also was a senior compliance consultant and project leader for TRICARE’s (the Department of Defense Managed Care Organization) Uniform Business Office, which oversaw billing and claims operations for the military services. As a Legislative Director for a professional association, Ms. Watnik also worked closely with the HHS Office of Inspector General to provide input into the creation of the first several compliance guidance documents for health care entities ranging from hospitals, to third-party medical billing companies, to Medicare+Choice Organizations.