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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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Attorney Spotlight: Gardner Bell

December 9, 2016

Bell Gardner SpotlightTell us about your practice.

I aim to be a transactional lawyer who helps clients execute their goals. Corporate and securities will be my foundation, and I have already gained terrific M&A experience in the healthcare and health insurance industries.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?

I wanted to be useful. Legal analysis is a hard skill that allows you to understand the big picture, drill down to material issues, problem solve and communicate. This can be helpful in many respects, and working at a place like Bass, Berry & Sims provides an unparalleled platform to learn, grow and contribute.

Prior to your pursuit of a legal career, you promoted financial and economic development initiatives locally and also in Indonesia, India and Ethiopia. Tell us about those experiences and how they will shape your role as an attorney.

I was fortunate to have worked in microfinance abroad and public-private economic development at home. One lesson seems especially applicable to my role as an attorney: the value of seeing over the horizon. In Ethiopia, I remember feeling tremendous, unchecked optimism when observing families break out of poverty simply by having access to a small loan. In India, though, I witnessed the same enthusiasm turn to despair when the microfinance industry collapsed almost overnight. Sponsored by a bank in Indonesia, a colleague and I set out to study the forces that led to this collapse. We learned how business and policy leaders, blinded by success and good intentions, had failed to anticipate a myriad of legal, social, political and economic risks.

I believe it is an attorney's job to not only support a client's vision with enthusiasm, but to also anticipate risk, harness optimism and navigate obstacles. It is simply not enough to have a grand idea—even if that idea is the "silver bullet" of global poverty and wins Muhammad Yunus a Nobel Prize. One must also foresee contextual fault lines and create proactive solutions. I believe this will be an important perspective in my practice.


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