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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 Impact of Sequestration Related to Fraud Recovery in 2015

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March 2, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Brian Roark provided comments for an article discussing whether sequestration led to decreased healthcare fraud recoveries in 2015. These automatic budget cuts effected the anti-fraud resources available to enforce federal healthcare programs and some question whether this lack of resources caused the drop in recoveries between 2014 ($3.3 billion) and 2015 ($2.4 billion). As Brian points out in the article, "the decline was probably due to a smaller number of large-dollar settlements and that it's not necessarily an indication of any long-term trends."

The full article, "Sequestration Hampered Gov. Anti-Fraud Efforts, Agencies Say," was published by Bloomberg BNA’s Health Law Resource Center on February 29, 2016, and is available online.

Brian's comments were also included in the blog post from March 7, 2016, "Are Anti-fraud Efforts Hurt by Budget Sequestration?" published on Bloomberg BNA's Health Care Blog.


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