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Primary Care Providers Win Challenge of CMS Interpretation of Enhanced Payment Law

With the help and support of the Tennessee Medical Association, 21 Tennessee physicians of underserved communities joined together and retained Bass, Berry & Sims to file suit against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to stop improper collection efforts. Our team, led by David King, was successful in halting efforts to recoup TennCare payments that were used legitimately to expand services in communities that needed them. Read more

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Healthcare Transactions: Year in Review 2018Last year, CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) announced it would purchase health insurer Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) for $67.5 billion, a transaction that would be one of the biggest healthcare mergers in the past decade. The transaction raises an intriguing question: is this the beginning of a transformational shift in healthcare?

Recently, members of our healthcare group authored the Healthcare Transactions: Year in Review outlining 2017 M&A activity and drivers in the following hot healthcare sectors:

• Managed Care
• Hospitals
• Post-Acute Care—Home Health & Hospice
• Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs)
• Healthcare Information Technology (HIT)
• Behavioral Health
• Physician Practice Management

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Defense of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Fen-Phen Class Actions

Client Type: Public Company

We represented Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the defense of approximately 2,500 cases filed in Tennessee related to the anti-obesity drug fen-phen. Our representation included:

  • Review of the pertinent studies and medical literature for the defense of these cases
  • Retaining experts who were effective for trials set nationwide
  • Review of echocardiograms with experts for defense of cases
  • Collection and summarizing of medical records for cases
  • Jessie Zeigler served on the national expert team and quality assurance/quality control  team for cases that were set for trial nationally
  • Taking plaintiffs' depositions and taking experts' depositions across the country
Most of the local cases were ultimately settled by Wyeth after a successful defense strategy of calling into question the validity of numerous cases through favorable testimony at depositions of both the plaintiffs and their experts.

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals was a publicly traded pharmaceutical company until it was purchased by Pfizer in 2009.

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