Nixon Peabody LLP
Rebecca Simone represents for-profit and nonprofit health care services providers and entities.
What do you focus on?
My practice covers various areas of regulatory compliance and transactional work. Leveraging my industry knowledge and prior experience as in-house counsel for a publicly traded pharmacy benefits manager, today I mainly focus in three areas.
Fraud and Abuse
I regularly counsel our health care clients on navigating their practices/businesses within the confines of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the federal Stark law and state law equivalents. I have successfully obtained Advisory Opinions from the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General regarding compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute. I also work with clients that are responding to inquiries, such as subpoenas and civil investigative demands, from regulatory agencies. I have significant experience with pharmacy/pharmaceutical manufacturer issues and patient assistance programs.
Health Care Transactions
I’ve acted as health care regulatory counsel on mergers and acquisitions of both public and private health care entities and regularly work on joint ventures and other contractual arrangements such as employment agreements, professional services agreements and license/lease arrangements. I work closely with both health care providers and health care management companies on such transactions and advise clients on underlying licensure, fraud and abuse and other regulatory issues.
Health Information Privacy/HIPAA
I work with clients that have experienced data breaches or are undergoing HIPAA investigations. Additionally, I help clients bring their policies and practices into compliance with HIPAA.