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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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Danielle Sloane Provides Insight on Ensuring Compliance with Stark Law Related to Physician Compensation

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November 23, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Danielle Sloane provided insight for an article in Modern Healthcare outlining recent settlements involving Stark Law violations related to physician compensation. The article specifically looks at three cases (United States of America v. North Broward Hospital District, et al. and United States ex rel. Drakeford v. Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc. and Payne et al. v. Adventist Health System-Sunbelt Inc. et al. / Sherry Dorsey v. Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare Corp. et al) in which whistleblowers alerted the U.S. Justice Department about the alleged violations.

Danielle provided several helpful tips on complying with the Stark Law, such as 

  • "Periodically re-evaluate whether a physician's pay reflects fair market value and is commercially reasonable without considering referrals."
  • "Keep gifts, meals and other nonmonetary compensation to referring physicians below $392 in 2016, and document them."

Danielle's remaining tips can be found in the full article, "Whistle-blower Worries: Hospitals Likely to See More False Claims Suits Tied to Doctor Compensation," that was published by Modern Healthcare on November 21, 2015 and is available online.


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