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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 September 26 - 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

We bring this special edition of the Tennessee Government Update to let you know of possible changes in how bill filing may be viewed in the upcoming session of the Tennessee General Assembly.

This past summer, Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell, and Governor Haslam indicated that an excessive number of bills were filed each year and that they would like to see fewer pieces of legislation in 2012. During a panel discussion last week at a retreat for the Tennessee Lobbyists Association, Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro), Rep. Charlie Curtiss (D-Sparta), and Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) announced that they will sponsor fewer bills in 2012 and that a discussion is currently under way in both houses to limit the number of bills that each representative and senator may file or have active at any given time during the legislative session. As an example, Sen. Ketron, who sponsored approximately 150 bills last year, said that he plans to introduce less than one-third that number in 2012. Rep. Curtiss indicated that he only plans to sponsor 25 bills. This position was countered by Sen. Joe Haynes (D-Goodlettsville), the sole dissenter on the panel. He indicated that he would not support any initiative to limit the number of bills filed by a legislator.

In light of leadership's position and the panel discussion last week, it is apparent to us that a movement is afoot to limit the number of bills that will be filed in 2012. Of course, the legislature is a place where good intentions find a final resting place rather than achieve maturity. Nevertheless, we would like to encourage you to let us know as soon as possible if you have legislation that will need to be filed in 2012. Also, please keep in mind that it may be more difficult than usual to secure sponsors for, and to pass, caption or placeholder bills.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, we are happy to discuss.


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