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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 Private Equity Compliance Checklist

The complex and ever-changing healthcare regulatory and enforcement environment, including increased focus on the role of private equity firms in their portfolio companies, make compliance a top priority for private equity firms investing in healthcare companies. The best way to limit your exposure as a private equity firm is to avoid a compliance misstep in the first place. Additionally, an effective and robust compliance program for your portfolio healthcare company makes it much more attractive to potential buyers and helps you avoid an unexpected and costly investigation or valuation hit down the road. Download the Healthcare Private Equity Compliance Checklist to assess whether your portfolio company's compliance program is up-to-date.

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David Esquivel Provides Insight on Hospital Use of Credit Checks

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March 18, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney David Esquivel provided insight for an article in Healthcare Finance about the growing trend for hospitals to use credit checks to determine a patient's ability to pay healthcare bills. As costs rise for both health insurance and hospital stays, many hospitals are faced with patients inability to afford care. "Where I've seen it used is whether it's worth your while to try to collect. We have clients who offer a product to hospitals. They do an analysis, credit history, the amount owed, a hospital's charity policy. They advise the hospital: put money into collections or this is somebody it's not worth doing that, you might as well write it off as charity care," said David in the article. But, as David also points out in the article, "hospitals must treat credit reports with the same respect for privacy as health records."

The full article, "Hospitals Increasingly Using Credit Checks to Understand Whether Patients Will Pay," was published by Healthcare Finance on March 16, 2016, and is available online. 

The Healthcare Finance article and David's comments were included in a separate article, "Credit Checks Can Go a Long Way in Determining Consumers' Ability to Pay," published by ACA International on March 17, 2016.


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