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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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John N. Popham, IV


(615) 742-6278 TEL
(615) 742-0466 FAX

John N. Popham, IV


(615) 742-6278 TEL
(615) 742-0466 FAX
(615) 742-6278 TEL
(615) 742-0466 FAX

For nearly 40 years, John Popham has assisted clients with real estate transactions, including the purchase, sale and development of commercial real estate properties. In addition, he has significant experience negotiating commercial tenant lease agreements. John frequently works with companies on mergers and acquisitions that involve a real estate component, advising on all real estate aspects in order to protect the client's investment. John has advised owners of hospitals, senior care facilities, physician groups and other clients within the healthcare industry in connection with the acquisition, development, financing, leasing and disposition of nursing homes, medical office buildings, clinics and other healthcare facility real estate, both within and outside of Tennessee. His practice areas include:

  • Healthcare Real Estate — Represents providers of healthcare services in connection with the acquisition, leasing and disposition of nursing homes and other senior care facilities and hospital facility real estate both within and outside of Tennessee.
  • Healthcare Finance — Represents national nursing home operator in syndicated revolving credit and term loan secured facilities and related intercreditor agreements with lessors of the operator.
  • Commercial Real Estate — Represents real estate clients in connection with commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions.
  • Office Properties — Represents tenants in connection with leasing of office buildings and space, including physician groups for medical office space.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, John was a shareholder at Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, P.C. (h3gm). He began his legal career in 1978 with Tune, Entrekin and White, where his practice included residential and commercial real estate, civil litigation and coal brokerage transactions, before joining h3gm in 1993. Following college, John served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.


Nashville Bar Association — Board of Directors (1987-1989); Second Vice-president (1989); Secretary/Treasurer (1983-1984)

Tennessee Bar Association

American Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Middle Tennessee Chapter of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. — Board of Directors (1995-2013)

University of the South Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee (2006-2012)

Franklin Road Academy — Board of Trustees (2005-2008); Athletic Committee Chairman (2008)

United Cerebral Palsy Middle Tennessee — Board of Directors (1988-1992)

Martha O'Bryan Center Meals on Wheels — Volunteer (1989-2012)


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Best Lawyers in America® — Corporate Law; Real Estate Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law (2009-2018)

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Securitization and Structured Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2018)

Martindale-Hubbell — AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated


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