Simone O. Otenaike

Associate

Houston
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Overview

Diligent, inquisitive, persistent -- the traits frequently ascribed to Simone Otenaike are worthwhile for any good attorney. However, Simone's strengths are particularly crucial to her developing healthcare practice. A technology enthusiast with a background in cognitive science, clients rely on Simone's gift for research and analysis to navigate a maze of healthcare laws and transactional matters, including labor and employment, HIPAA, consumer data breach and privacy issues, and general operational concerns.

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  • Drafted documents related to the formation of hospital-physician business partnerships and healthcare joint ventures, hospital-physician recruitment agreements, physician employment agreements, business associate agreements, clinical affiliation agreements and technology service agreements.
  • Advised hospital executives and medical staff on compliance with HIPAA/HITECH, Stark, anti-kickback and other applicable fraud and abuse laws.
  • Provided legal advice and assisted healthcare payor and provider organizations with the investigation, response, legal obligations and risks that arise from data security incidents, including breach notification and regulatory response.
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Experience

  • Drafted documents related to the formation of hospital-physician business partnerships and healthcare joint ventures, hospital-physician recruitment agreements, physician employment agreements, business associate agreements, clinical affiliation agreements and technology service agreements.
  • Advised hospital executives and medical staff on compliance with HIPAA/HITECH, Stark, anti-kickback and other applicable fraud and abuse laws.
  • Provided legal advice and assisted healthcare payor and provider organizations with the investigation, response, legal obligations and risks that arise from data security incidents, including breach notification and regulatory response.
  • Conducted legal research related to various transactional matters, including labor and employment, HIPAA, consumer data breach and privacy issues, and general operational concerns. Provided legal analysis and opinions on research.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Houston Lawyers Association

Community

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas: Volunteer (2017 to present)
  • Girls Empowerment Network: Volunteer (2016 to present)
  • YMCA of Austin: Board Member (2016)
  • Family Dinner Foundation
    • Board Member (2016 to present)
    • Host (2015)
  • AMP360: Volunteer (2015 to present)

Pro Bono

  • In conjunction with the South Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas Rio Grand Legal Aid, drafted wills and assisted pro se petitioners with documents for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Developed materials for the University of Texas School of Law expunction clinic and School-to-Prison Pipeline Project, which helps eligible community members expunge their criminal members.

Services

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Judge Lora Livingston, 261st Judicial Civil District Court: Judicial Intern (2013)

Admissions

  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2015; Texas International Law Journal: Staff, Development Committee; National Black Law Students Association, National Convention Coordinator; Pro Bono Scholars Program; National Association of Women Judges Access to Justice Scholarship
  • B.A., Cognitive Science, Rice University, 2008

Languages

  • Yoruba

Blog

In The Blogs

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The Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Investments and Pilots Continue, Enforcement Actions Persist
By Njeri S. Chasseau, Emily R. Fedeles, Simone O. Otenaike, Joanna F. Wasick
June 29, 2018
In this issue: • Public and Private Sectors Continue to Invest in Blockchain • Businesses Continue Investment in Blockchain Enterprise Solutions • Financial Services Sector Continues to Integrate Blockchain Amid Promise and Challenges •...
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The Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Developments: U.S. Government, Criminal Actors, Advertising, Financial Services
By Melonia A. Bennett, Simone O. Otenaike, Joanna F. Wasick
June 22, 2018
In this issue: • U.S. Government Seeks to Leverage Blockchain, Issues Reporting Guidance • Cyberhacks and Enforcement Actions Continue Relentlessly • Consumer Products Firms Announce Blockchain Advertising Pilots • Financial Firms Continue...
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Health Law Update
Proposed IPPS Rule Changes
By Baylie M. Fry, Simone O. Otenaike
May 15, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its proposed rules for the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2019. As discussed below, the proposed rule focuses on promoting...
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