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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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Mary Beth Fortugno

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Nashville
(615) 742-7739 TEL
(615) 248-4076 FAX

Mary Beth Fortugno

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7739 TEL
(615) 248-4076 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7739 TEL
(615) 248-4076 FAX

Mary Beth Fortugno represents healthcare providers in a variety of industry sectors including four of the nation's leading hospital companies and specialty pharmacies. She focuses her practice on transactions, managed care contracting, healthcare regulatory matters, operations and investigations. Having managed matters ranging from licensure diligence and new applications to major transactions and fraud and abuse investigations, Mary Beth has built a reputation within the industry for her knowledge and operational guidance. As former operations counsel to IASIS Healthcare, an acute-care hospital company, she brings first-hand experience to healthcare clients.

Mary Beth helps clients find solutions to complex regulatory, contracting, operational and transactional issues. Her practice involves:

  • Contracting, Regulatory & Operational Matters – Counseling hospitals, specialty pharmacies and other healthcare providers on a wide range of matters related to including Anti-Kickback Statute and self-referral laws, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), licensure, certification, managed care contracting and other operational, contracting and regulatory issues.
  • Healthcare Mergers, Acquisitions & Dispositions – Providing counsel in structuring transactions and the acquisition and disposition of healthcare providers and companies.
  • Compliance and Government Investigations – Assisting healthcare clients in responding to governmental inquiries relating to Medicare and Medicaid fraud and the False Claims Act.

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American Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) — Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group, Chair (2015-2017), Vice Chair Education (2014-2015)

Harry Phillips American Inn of Court

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Chambers USA — Healthcare, Recognized Practitioner (2015-2017)

Best Lawyers in America® — Health Care Law (2013-2018)

Journal of Transnational Law — Associate Editor

Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Award — Administrative Law; Federal Tax; Professional Responsibility

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