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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 Transactions: Year in Review 2018Last year, CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) announced it would purchase health insurer Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) for $67.5 billion, a transaction that would be one of the biggest healthcare mergers in the past decade. The transaction raises an intriguing question: is this the beginning of a transformational shift in healthcare?

Recently, members of our healthcare group authored the Healthcare Transactions: Year in Review outlining 2017 M&A activity and drivers in the following hot healthcare sectors:

• Managed Care
• Hospitals
• Post-Acute Care—Home Health & Hospice
• Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs)
• Healthcare Information Technology (HIT)
• Behavioral Health
• Physician Practice Management

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Louise P. Gaerig

Senior Healthcare Attorney

Memphis
(901) 543-5929 TEL
(866) 463-1038 FAX

Louise P. Gaerig

Senior Healthcare Attorney

Memphis
(901) 543-5929 TEL
(866) 463-1038 FAX
Memphis
(901) 543-5929 TEL
(866) 463-1038 FAX

As a senior healthcare attorney, Louise Gaerig counsels healthcare clients on a range of operational, regulatory and compliance matters with a particular focus on transactions, managed care contracting, healthcare regulatory matters, operations and licensure. Louise works with a variety of industry sectors, including leading national hospital companies, physician groups, pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, ambulatory surgery centers, cancer centers, home health agencies, specialty providers and private equity companies. Drawing on her 10 years of experience as the former general counsel and vice president of StoneRiver Pharmacy Solutions, Inc. and its affiliate Progressive Medical, Inc. (now known as OptumRx), she is able to provide first-hand experience to clients within this specialized industry. During her tenure with StoneRiver Pharmacy Solutions, she was responsible for the management of all transactional matters affecting each business unit under the StoneRiver/Progressive Medical umbrella doing business in all 50 states.

As a senior healthcare attorney, Louise Gaerig counsels healthcare clients on a range of operational, regulatory and compliance matters with a particular focus on transactions, managed care contracting, healthcare regulatory matters, operations and licensure. Louise works with a variety of industry sectors, including leading national hospital companies, physician groups, pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, ambulatory surgery centers, cancer centers, home health agencies, specialty providers and private equity companies. Drawing on her 10 years of experience as the former general counsel and vice president of StoneRiver Pharmacy Solutions, Inc. and its affiliate Progressive Medical, Inc. (now known as OptumRx), she is able to provide first-hand experience to clients within this specialized industry. During her tenure with StoneRiver Pharmacy Solutions, she was responsible for the management of all transactional matters affecting each business unit under the StoneRiver/Progressive Medical umbrella doing business in all 50 states.

Louise helps clients find solutions to complex regulatory, contracting, operational and transactional issues. Louise's practice involves:

  • Contracting, Regulatory & Operational Matters – Counseling hospitals and other healthcare providers on a wide range of matters related to managed care contracting, licensure, certification and accreditation of healthcare facilities, hospital/physician contracting, specialty provider contracting, Medicare enrollment, provider-based issues, reimbursement analyses, and other operational and regulatory issues.
  • Healthcare Compliance – Providing regulatory compliance counsel on matters relating to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and state law privacy and security laws.
  • Specialty Pharmacy – Assisting specialty pharmacies with contract negotiation, regulatory guidance and licensing issues.

Prior to joining StoneRiver, Louise was partner in the Memphis, Tennessee, office of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP focusing on corporate and securities and real estate matters.

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American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Memphis Bar Association

Oakhaven Boys & Girls Club — Director, Treasurer

March of Dimes, West Tennessee Chapter — Former Board Member

Junior League of Memphis — Former Board Member

American Inns of Court — Leo S. Bearman Sr. Chapter (1997-1999)

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St. Peter Catholic Church — Finance Council Member, former Chairman

Cecil C. Humphreys Mock Trial Board

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