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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 April 25 - 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

Whew! What a relief! Prince William and Catherine Middleton have been married. And, after all these years, Cambridge has a Duke and Duchess, and Carrickfergus (Northern Ireland, Rock of Fergus) at last, has a Baron.

On more provincial matters, the governor's budget amendment will be released Tuesday morning. Governor Haslam has apparently indicated that he will request additional funding for mental health and intellectual disability programs. This helped head off a potentially stormy debate on the House floor Thursday morning on the bill renewing the hospital assessment fee. The bill passed handily. Republican freshman Rick Womik (Rockvale) noted to his colleagues that the assessment fee was really a "donation" by hospitals.

The leadership of the House of Representatives has agreed with Senate leadership to end collective bargaining for teachers' associations with local education agencies. The pending legislation will repeal the 1978 legislation that authorized collective bargaining by teachers' associations.

The state and local committee in both houses of the legislature approved a bill that will allow direct corporate contributions to candidates in Tennessee elections and raise the maximum donation substantially. For example, in the case of a political action committee contributing to a gubernatorial campaign committee, the maximum contribution will be raised by $3,200 (from $7,500 to $10,700). Tom Humphrey with The Knoxville News Sentinel has the story.

The tort reform bill is scheduled to be considered on the House floor May 9, 2011; the bill is not yet scheduled for floor consideration in the Senate.


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