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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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Philip F. Berg

Senior Healthcare Attorney

Philip F. Berg

Senior Healthcare Attorney

Phil Berg helps healthcare providers and companies navigate transactions, compliance issues and operational contracts. Phil has significant experience working with hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers (ASC), joint ventures, physician practices, and other healthcare companies. Phil has represented some of the largest ASC companies in the country, as well as start-ups, on issues including acquisitions, operational issues, Medicare matters, and complex regulatory analysis.

His practice involves:

  • Operational contracts – Drafting physician employment agreements, laboratory agreements, and complex multi-facility service line agreements with national vendors. 
  • Transactions – Representing companies in acquisitions of physician practices by hospitals, acquisitions of ambulatory surgery centers by national management companies, mergers of hospital companies, joint ventures with physicians and healthcare companies.
  • Complex regulatory analysis – Providing analysis of Federal Stark law issues, Federal Anti-Kickback Statute issues, state laws, licensure, Certificate of Need and other healthcare issues that may impact deals, contracts and compliance.
  • Corporate practice of medicine issues – Providing analysis and corporate guidance for practice management companies, such as dental, medical and hospitalist. 


American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Christian Legal Society (2000-2004)

International Law Society (2000)

Nashville Bar Association — Pro Bono Program (2000)

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Vanderbilt Law Review — Associate Editor (2003-2004)

Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Award — Law & Finance of Mergers & Acquisitions (2003)

Beta Gamma Sigma

Franklin & White Best Brief Award (2001)


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