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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Brian Roark Comments on Medlock Identity Theft Ruling

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May 20, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Brian Roark commented on the decision in United States v. Medlock in which the Sixth Circuit ruled that misrepresenting a service that was provided by using a Medicare beneficiary's name on the claim does not constitute identity theft. The case centers around Woody and Kathy Medlock, owners of a family-owned ambulance service provider, who were indicted on charges of Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The indictment was a result of a joint federal and state investigation into fraudulent billing practices by the company to Medicare and Medicaid for transportation of dialysis patients who were not qualified to receive ambulance transportation. In the initial trial, held in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Woody Medlock was found guilty and sentenced in January 2014 to a 75-month prison sentence. The Sixth Circuit held that the Medlock's did not "use" the identifying information of the Medicare beneficiaries within the meaning of the aggravated identity theft statute merely by lying about how the beneficiaries had been transported. Brian represented Woody Medlock in the case.

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