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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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Tim Garrett Offers Insights on Whistleblower Provisions in Employment Agreements

Securities Regulation Daily Wrap Up

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September 16, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Tim Garrett was interviewed for an article outlining the impact the SEC's focus on employment agreements could have on whistleblower activity. The SEC is concerned that provisions in employment agreements could prevent employees from recovering financial incentives if they come forward as a whistleblower, a direct violation of SEC regulation. As Tim points out, "[t]he Commission's enforcement actions in this area have emphasized company actions that could prevent employees from invoking their legal rights or which could prevent employees from claiming whistleblower awards." The article cites recent SEC enforcement actions against three companies whose employment agreements violated SEC regulations related to whistleblower activity. Later in the article, Tim references several best practices a company can follow to address concerns.

The full article, "Strategic Perspectives – Bass Berry's Tim Garrett Discusses Whistleblower Enforcement Trends," was published in the Securities Regulation Daily Wrap Up distributed by Wolters Kluwer (subscription required).

Tim also authored a blog post, "SEC Fines Public Companies for Attempting to Limit Whistleblower Incentives in Severance Agreements," about this topic that was published on the Bass, Berry & Sims Labor Talk blog.


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