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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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Tennessee Government Update - Recap of February 7 - 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

Governor Haslam will give his State of the State Address to a joint conference of the House and Senate of the Tennessee General Assembly at 6:00 p.m. Central Time on Monday, March 14. The address is expected to outline the governor's budget proposal. Governor Haslam may also describe his "jobs package" that appears likely to include some version of tort reform, the City Paper reports.

Already, a possible disagreement between the governor and the general assembly is emerging. With state revenue running slightly ahead of budget, the governor has suggested that the surplus be used to replenish the state's rainy day, or reserve, fund. The general assembly is more likely to want to use the surplus to fund ongoing government programs rather than cutting those programs as severely as would otherwise be necessary.

The governor and legislators also sparred gently this week about proposed bills directed at immigrants. Governor Haslam has said that he does not want to send a message that Tennessee does not welcome international business. The discussion arose after Governor Haslam asked Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron to postpone consideration of a bill requiring Tennessee drivers' license examinations to be given only in English. Tom Humphrey writes about the conversation in his blog, "Humphrey on the Hill."

The ongoing saga of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools concluded its legislative chapter, at least this legislative chapter, with party line votes in both houses to prohibit Memphis City Schools from dissolving itself for at least three years. Suburban Republicans prevailed over urban Democrats in party line votes in both houses.


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