Catherine Boerner, JD, CHC is the President of Boerner Consulting, LLC (“BC”). Catherine has been supporting Compliance Officers, Privacy Officers and Security Officers since 1997. She specializes in development, review, revisions, training, and auditing and monitoring of compliance programs including acting as interim Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer roles.

Catherine was elected and served on the national Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) Board of Directors for a three year term (2010-2013). She is the past-President of HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin (HIPAA COW) (2005-2007) and has served on the Board since 2003.

In 2010, Catherine and her consulting team supported the MEDIC contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Health Plan Compliance Program Effectiveness Audits

In 2006 and again in 2008, Catherine helped revise the Hospital Payment Monitoring Program (HPMP) Compliance Workbook for the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) community and 4000+ acute-care PPS hospitals. This workbook focuses on compliance issues related to inpatient hospital prospective payment system (PPS) payment error monitoring and prevention.

In addition to working with hospitals, academic medical centers, nursing homes and business associates, she has also worked with large health plans on reviewing and revising their compliance programs including assessing their compliance with HIPAA Privacy and Security. Her successful work with clients, in part, is attributed to her wealth of information on effective, practical implementation strategies.

Catherine is a frequent national speaker whose presentations include Auditing and Monitoring (including PEPPER reports), Compliance Risk Assessments, HITECH HIPAA Privacy & Security, Practical Approach to the OIG Work Plan and Compliance Program Effectiveness.

She contributes bi-monthly articles to the Journal of Health Care Compliance (JHCC) and has served on the editorial board for the publication since 1999. Catherine has also been published in Compliance Today, CCH’s Law, Explanation and Analysis of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, CCH Healthcare Compliance Letter, Healthcare Business & Legal Strategies Perspective and the Preventive Law Reporter.

Years Experience

Healthcare Compliance: Since 1997


  • JD, Creighton University School of Law
  • BA, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Junior Year Abroad, University of Warwick, Coventry, England
  • CHC, Certified in Healthcare Compliance

Professional Affiliations

Health Care Compliance Association

  • Board Member 2010 – 2013
  • Secretary, 2010
  • Chair of HCCA Chicago Regional Conference 2005, 2006, and 2007
  • Vice President of Region V Conference Planning Committee 2003 and 2004

HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin (HIPAA COW)

  • Board Member since 2003
  • President, 2005, 2006 and 2007
  • Vice President of Programs, 2003 and 2004

MEGA Wisconsin Healthcare Conference

  • Board Planning Committee Co-Chair for 2012
  • Speaker 2010
  • Board Planning Committee 2006 and 2008

American Bar Association

  • Member, Health Law Division

Wisconsin Bar Association

  • Member

“MultiCare Health System engaged Cathy Boerner to conduct a Corporate Compliance Program assessment. Her experience proved invaluable from both an educational as well as a review perspective. Her established program covered structure, process and outcomes and her recommendations were valuable, actionable and will drive us to improvement. Cathy is knowledgeable, professional and competent. We are going to bring her back in for a post-implementation review.”

Catherine Wakefield, VP Corp Compliance Internal Audit at MultiCare Health System.

“Cathy knows her stuff better than just about anyone in the compliance arena. She is both practical and visionary in thinking about how organizations can automate and run successful compliance programs. She would be my first choice to run compliance at any company I run!”

Steve Lefar, President- General Manager at MediRegs-A Wolters Kluwer Law and Business Company

“We have benefited from Cathy Boerner’s consulting expertise as we have implemented our Corporate Compliance program to satisfy our obligations under the DRA legislation. We found Cathy to be very up-to-speed on all of the relevant legislation and wonderful to work with as she was able to quickly learn about our organization in such a way as to enable her to put together a comprehensive plan that addressed our needs. Most importantly she was able to do it according to the timelines we agreed upon and for the cost that she had quoted. We would engage her again on a moment’s notice.”

Mark Mortensen, VP Finance, Sun Mar Healthcare