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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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Antitrust Agencies Challenge Another Healthcare Provider Acquisition - Update


April 3, 2013

Last summer we issued an alert regarding the FTC and Nevada AG's challenge to Reno, Nev.-based Renown Health's acquisition of two cardiology practices.[1] The challenge ensued because the acquisition at issue resulted in Renown allegedly having 88 percent of the cardiologists in the Reno area. At the time, we reported that Renown entered into a consent decree that required Renown to suspend non-compete agreements until a certain number of cardiologists in the acquired practices left Renown's employment. In addition, Renown was required to notify the agencies of any future cardiology-related acquisitions, and to reimburse the investigation costs of the State of Nevada (something state AG's frequently demand).

After an internal investigation by outside antitrust counsel, Renown Health announced yesterday the immediate departure of four executives, including Renown's CEO, its general counsel, VP of system development, and business development administrator. As stated by Renown's board of directors in the announcement:

"There is no question that things did not go as planned," said Renown Health board chairman David C. Line, "and for that we are sincerely sorry. As an organization, we have been committed to taking whatever steps are necessary to make sure that our policies, procedures and communications are as world-class as the health care we provide. If the execution of the SNCA transaction had been as solid as our intentions, none of this would have occurred."

This is another example not only of the increase in antitrust enforcement in the healthcare industry by the federal and state antitrust authorities, but the collateral consequences that can follow an enforcement action. This also demonstrates the need for an effective compliance program.

If you have any questions about the content of this alert or antitrust issues, please contact one of the Bass Berry & Sims' attorneys listed here.

[1] A copy of the prior alert can be found here.

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