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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Tennessee Government Update - Recap of March 21 - 25, 2011


March 25, 2011

This week, Governor Haslam achieved one of his legislative priorities, and one of his other major legislative initiatives began its journey toward passage.

The House passed the governor's tenure reform bill yesterday. The Senate had previously passed the bill. Because of minor differences in the House version, the Senate will pass the House version before the bill goes to the governor's desk.

Wednesday afternoon, the debate on the governor's tort reform proposal began. Herbert Slatery, the governor's legal counsel, led the presentation in support of the proposal. He was supported by an array of business leaders and medical professionals including Bass, Berry & Sims' partner Lee Barfield. Barfield has been a leader in the effort to organize the coalition in support of the initiative and to create a support organization called Tennesseans for Economic Growth (TEG). Nashville Business Journal has a story about TEG.

The main attraction in opposition was former U.S. Senator and current lobbyist for the state's trial lawyers, Fred Thompson.

As previously announced by Subcommittee Chairman Coley (R-Bartlett), no vote was taken in the House Judiciary Subcommittee. The vote is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30. It is then anticipated that the bill will be heard in both the full House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, April 5, and the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, April 6.

To put a fine point on the politics of the week, in a press release signed only as "Tennessee Tea Party," the author castigated Governor Haslam of "his embrace of … socialistic principles…" Legislative leadership leapt to the governor's defense, and Governor Haslam himself declined to participate in what he called "the name-exchanging business…" The Associated Press story was in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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