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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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Download the Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review 2017, authored by Bass, Berry & Sims

The Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review 2017 details all healthcare-related False Claims Act settlements from last year, organized by particular sectors of the healthcare industry. In addition to reviewing all healthcare fraud-related settlements, the Review includes updates on enforcement-related litigation involving the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute, and looks at the continued implications from the government's focus on enforcement efforts involving individual actors in connection with civil and criminal healthcare fraud investigations.

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Anna Grizzle on Louisiana Wrongful Death Case for Modern Healthcare

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January 29, 2010

Anna Grizzle, attorney at Bass, Berry & Sims, is quoted in Modern Healthcare regarding a Louisiana wrongful death case against a hospital where backup generators failed in the 2005 aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The article by Gregg Blesch, titled "Weighing the Cost of Disaster; Trial Could Raise Stakes for Emergency Planning," appears in the January 25, 2010 edition.

From the article:

The case gained national attention in 2007 when the Louisiana Supreme Court decided the family could seek damages under general liability rather than limiting the lawsuit to the realm of medical malpractice, which in Louisiana would have capped damages at $500,000, with the hospital operator responsible for a fifth of that sum and the balance paid by the state Patient’s Compensation Fund, (Sept. 10, 2007, p. 12). "If you’re in a state with caps for malpractice cases, then a plaintiff may be looking for alternative theories that get them out from under those caps," said Anna Grizzle, a member of the law firm Bass, Berry & Sims. "The idea has been planted," she added. "The question is, will it ever take hold in a circumstance outside of Katrina?"

The case would be more likely to have a broad effect if the disaster involved were less extraordinary, Grizzle suggested. "Courts are often reticent to take a unique set of circumstances and to say, 'We're going to establish brand-new law here based on a once-in-a-lifetime event,' " Grizzle said.

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