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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.

Click here to download the Review.

Tony McFarland Comments on Shift to Chip Payment Card Technology

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June 4, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Tony McFarland provided insight on the transition to chip card technology that merchants will be under pressure to adopt by October 1, 2015 or face liability for fraudulent payment transactions. Historically, the liability burden for these transactions rested on the credit card companies. Tony commented on this switch, saying "The costs for fraudulent transactions have generally fallen on the card issuers, like Visa and MasterCard, rather than the retailers accepting those cards. After October of this year, however, for everyone except fuel-selling merchants, Visa and MasterCard have announced they plan to push those costs back on the retailers. Even before the retailer suffers an actual loss of business, the threat of paying for the consequences of the counterfeiting will loom overhead." 

The article further explores the benefits of the new chip technology and how the switch will affect retailers. According to Tony, small retailers "need to weigh the advantage of the business need to use payment cards with the cost of purchasing and implementing the updated technology, as well as the potential loss of business, and reputational damage if they don't change, all of which can be significant."

The full article, "How Companies Are Preparing for the Imminent Liability Shift for Counterfeit Credit Cards," was published by The Cybersecurity Law Report on June 3 and is available online (subscription required).

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