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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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Doug Dahl Provides Insight on Implementation of Section 1557 of ACA

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August 9, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Doug Dahl provided insights for an article in The Tennessean on the new regulations imposed on healthcare providers under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the new regulations, which were issued in May and had an initial compliance deadline of mid-July, it is now illegal for any healthcare provider that receives federal funding to discriminate against patients on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, age and disability. In addition to a complaint portal that will be set up with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as part of Section 1557, healthcare providers are required to establish a grievance process in which patients can file a complaint if they feel discriminated against on the basis of the protected classes. However, as Doug points out in the article, "[i]t's not clear how the complaint process is going to work through HHS after being submitted through the portal.

The full article, "New Rules Prohibit Sex, Race Discrimination in Health Care," was published by The Tennessean on August 8, 2016 and is available online.

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