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On December 1, 2016, Parker Hannifin Corporation and CLARCOR Inc. announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Parker will acquire CLARCOR for approximately $4.3 billion in cash, including the assumption of net debt. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of each company. Upon closing of the transaction, expected to be completed by or during the first quarter of Parker’s fiscal year 2018, CLARCOR will be combined with Parker’s Filtration Group to form a leading and diverse global filtration business. Bass, Berry & Sims has served CLARCOR as primary corporate and securities counsel for 10 years and served as lead counsel on this transaction. Read more here.

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Anna M. Grizzle

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Nashville
(615) 742-7732 TEL
(615) 742-2741 FAX

Anna M. Grizzle

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7732 TEL
(615) 742-2741 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7732 TEL
(615) 742-2741 FAX

Anna Grizzle helps healthcare clients address enforcement and compliance issues and respond to legal and regulatory violations. She is currently serving as lead counsel to several healthcare providers who are under investigation for potential False Claims Act violations. With significant experience in defending against statistical sampling and extrapolation in Medicare and Medicaid claims audits, Anna has saved healthcare companies tens of millions of dollars in potential overpayment demands.

With over fifteen years of experience, Anna also counsels clients on healthcare regulatory and operations matters. She also advises healthcare companies on regulatory and compliance aspects of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and dispositions.

Anna Grizzle helps healthcare clients address enforcement and compliance issues and respond to legal and regulatory violations. She is currently serving as lead counsel to several healthcare providers who are under investigation for potential False Claims Act violations. With significant experience in defending against statistical sampling and extrapolation in Medicare and Medicaid claims audits, Anna has saved healthcare companies tens of millions of dollars in potential overpayment demands.

With over fifteen years of experience, Anna also counsels clients on healthcare regulatory and operations matters. She also advises healthcare companies on regulatory and compliance aspects of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and dispositions.

Representing national hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, hospices and a variety of other healthcare providers, laboratories and DMEPOS suppliers from many industry sectors, Anna's practice involves:

  • Government Enforcement & Compliance – Developing and implementing compliance programs based on the elements considered necessary for a comprehensive compliance program by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and Office of Inspector General's Compliance Program Guidance, including:
    • Drafting and revising compliance program documents, including Codes of Conduct, policies and procedures, forms, and job descriptions.
    • Developing and presenting compliance training programs to boards of directors, officers, and clinical and administrative staff.
    • Developing and reviewing policies, procedures, and audit checklists for risk areas in anticipation of government investigations or inquiries.
    • Conducting internal investigations, including coordinating the hiring of outside statistical, coding or billing experts.
    • Providing advice on the reporting and repayment of overpayments, as appropriate, including representing clients in self-disclosures, including disclosures made through self-referral (Stark) and OIG disclosure protocols.
    • Representing clients in responding to and, if necessary, appealing the results of payor claims audits, including those performed by Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs), Program Safeguard Contractors (PSCs) n/k/a Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPICs) and Medicaid Integrity Contractors (MICs).
    • Assisting clients in resolving any issues with enforcement authorities, if audit results are referred to law enforcement.
  • Contracting, Regulatory & Operational Matters – Counseling on healthcare operations and compliance, such as fraud and abuse, reimbursement, patient care, quality, and risk management issues, with extensive experience advising clients on medical staff credentialing and peer review matters, including drafting medical staff bylaws, conducting medical staff investigations and hearings, and responding to records requests and subpoenas.
  • Healthcare Fraud & Abuse – Representing clients in connection with False Claims Act litigation, self-disclosures, internal investigations and responding to governmental inquiries regarding potential regulatory, compliance and clinical issues, conducted by the Office of Inspector General, United States Department of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state Attorney Generals' offices, and state regulatory agencies.
  • Healthcare Disputes – Defending clients in medical malpractice actions and commercial litigation.

Anna's leadership abilities and visionary judgment make her a go-to advisor in the healthcare sector. In addition, Anna is certified in healthcare compliance (CHC)®. She is also among the most trusted leaders of Bass, Berry & Sims, serving on the firm's Executive Committee.

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Health Care Compliance Association

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

American Bar Association — Women in White Collar Subcommittee

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Chambers USA — Healthcare (2016)

Best Lawyers in America® — Health Care Law; Litigation: Health Care (2013-2017)

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Litigation: Health Care "Lawyer of the Year" (2017)

Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC)®

Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2011-2012)

Nashville Business Journal "Health Care Hero" (2015)

Nashville Business Journal "Forty Under 40" (2012)

Alabama Law Review — Developmental Editor (1997-1998)

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