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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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Download the Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review 2017, authored by Bass, Berry & Sims

The Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review 2017 details all healthcare-related False Claims Act settlements from last year, organized by particular sectors of the healthcare industry. In addition to reviewing all healthcare fraud-related settlements, the Review includes updates on enforcement-related litigation involving the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute, and looks at the continued implications from the government's focus on enforcement efforts involving individual actors in connection with civil and criminal healthcare fraud investigations.

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Coburn Dewees Berry IV

Member (retired)

(615) 742-6215 TEL
(615) 742-2715 FAX

Coburn Dewees Berry IV

Member (retired)

(615) 742-6215 TEL
(615) 742-2715 FAX
(615) 742-6215 TEL
(615) 742-2715 FAX

Dewees Berry, a retired member, has more than 35 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of commercial real estate law. For more than 30 years he served as editor and author of the Tennessee Real Estate Law Letter, dedicated to providing practical real estate law advice to its subscribers. In addition, throughout his career, Dewees has been a frequent seminar speaker on real estate law topics.

Working with individuals, realtors, developers and commercial real estate companies, Dewees has handled real estate transactions, planning and zoning matters, and real estate disputes. 

From 2006 – 2015, Dewees served as General Counsel for Bass, Berry & Sims and advised firm management and individuals on legal ethics, professional responsibility and conflicts of interest.


Nashville Bar Association — President (2003)

Nashville Bar Foundation — Fellow

Tennessee Bar Foundation — Fellow


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Chambers USA — Real Estate, Senior Statesman (2014-2016); Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, Senior Statesman (2014-2016); Real Estate (2003-2013); Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (2012-2013)

American College of Real Estate Lawyers — Fellow

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Litigation: Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year" (2015); Nashville Litigation: Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year" (2013); Nashville Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year" (2010)

Best Lawyers in America® — Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation: Land Use and Zoning; Litigation: Real Estate; Real Estate Law (2003-2016)

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2015)

Nashville School of Law — Instructor

Editor, Tennessee Real Estate Law Letter (1983-2015)

Bass, Berry & Sims — Executive Committee (6 Years)

Law Clerk to Chief Judge Frank Gray, Jr., U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee (1976-1977)

Vanderbilt Law Review — Associate Editor (1975-1976)


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