Rebecca Simone - Health Care lawyer - Nixon Peabody LLP

Rebecca Simone



Rebecca Simone represents for-profit and nonprofit health care companies and health care investment and management firms in connection with their regulatory and transaction needs. Rebecca has particular expertise in telehealth, COVID-19, dialysis, pharmacy/pharmaceuticals and a focus on fraud and abuse and Stark law compliance.

What do you focus on?

My practice covers various areas of regulatory compliance and transactional work.  I work closely with clients on growth strategies, including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures at every level from startup to publicly traded company, providing counsel on related regulatory issues and structure.  I also spend much of my time providing compliance guidance in areas such as telehealth, reimbursement, licensing, fraud and abuse and state health care law which are all continuously evolving, particularly in the era of COVID-19.

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 and investment entities on such transactions and advise clients on underlying licensure, fraud and abuse and other regulatory issues. I am currently working with several clients that are involved in the world-wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including COVID-testing companies, laboratories and physician practices.

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 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.

What do you see on the horizon?

COVID-19 is arguably the top health care priority in the United States and has impacted all entities and individuals in the health care space in some way. I expect to see innovation from health care technology companies and health care providers to continue to adapt to this changing environment. However, as is often the case in health care, technology moves faster than regulation. I am currently counseling several clients on operating their COVID-19-related services and businesses in a compliant manner. I expect to see increased enforcement activity and government investigations related to allegations of companies/providers fraudulently taking advantage during the pandemic.

Publications and presentations

'A true celebration': RichnerLIVE, Herald hosts second annual Top Lawyers of LI Awards Gala

LIHerald.com | October 07, 2021

This article quotes Long Island Health Care partner Michael Schnipper, one of four NP attorneys who received awards at this week’s gala. Along with Michael, Long Island Office Managing Partner Allan Cohen, partner Rebecca Simone, and counsel Jason Chimon, all of the Health Care group, were also honored. In addition, NP’s Long Island office was recognized as the top legal firm with 25-65 employees.

Zocdoc's new pricing rankles New York doctors

Crain’s New York Business | August 27, 2019

Long Island Health Care partner Rebecca Simone is quoted in this article about physicians’ reactions to Zocdoc’s new pricing policy and how it may impact New York–based health care providers and medical groups. The article also appeared in Modern Healthcare.

Contact

Rebecca Simone

Partner

Long Island

Phone: 516-832-7524

New York

Phone: 212-940-3773


Fax: 866-552-7828

Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., cum laude

University of Delaware, B.S., cum laude

New York

Rebecca was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the field of Health Care Law. Rebecca has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2018.

Rebecca is a recipient of the 2021 Top Lawyers of Long Island Award from the Herald Community Newspapers.

Rebecca was recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2018 editorial for Industry focus - Healthcare: Service providers and was named a Rising Star by New York Super Lawyers in 2017.

  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association.
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