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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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GovCon Blog: Defense Contractor Reaches Settlement in Procurement Fraud Case Involving Overbilling Allegations

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December 23, 2014

Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems ("LMIS"), a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, agreed on Friday, December 19, 2014 to pay $27.5 million to resolve allegations that it inflated labor costs and submitted false claims to the government in violation of the False Claims Act. Specifically, the Department of Justice ("DOJ") alleged that LMIS overbilled for work performed by personnel who lacked the job qualifications required under Rapid Response and Strategic Services Sourcing contracts issued by the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command.

The overbilling allegations against LMIS are similar to the DOJ's allegations in a separate case against DRS Technical Services Inc., which resulted in a $13.7 million settlement announced on October 7, 2014. The DOJ also alleged in that case that DRS Technical Services overbilled labor costs for under-qualified employees under the Rapid Response contract.

The two settlements are further examples of DOJ's increased focus on contractor compliance with material performance components of government contracts. To guard against such risk, compliance starts before contract award by confirming that the government concurs with labor category "cross-walks" and other methods to line up a contractor's internal labor categories with the contract-prescribed categories and qualifications. In addition, due to high turnover and changing requirements, contractors should also adopt practices whereby routine reviews are conducted to ensure that the personnel actually performing the work and being billed against the contract comply with the contract's labor qualifications and requirements.

The DOJ press release on the LMIS settlement can be found here.

Read more about government contracts on www.bassberrygovcon.com.


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