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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 Private Equity Compliance Checklist

The complex and ever-changing healthcare regulatory and enforcement environment, including increased focus on the role of private equity firms in their portfolio companies, make compliance a top priority for private equity firms investing in healthcare companies. The best way to limit your exposure as a private equity firm is to avoid a compliance misstep in the first place. Additionally, an effective and robust compliance program for your portfolio healthcare company makes it much more attractive to potential buyers and helps you avoid an unexpected and costly investigation or valuation hit down the road. Download the Healthcare Private Equity Compliance Checklist to assess whether your portfolio company's compliance program is up-to-date.

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New Cybersecurity Framework to be "Industry-Friendly"

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February 20, 2014

As mentioned in our previous Alert, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released the long-anticipated "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" (FICIC). Yesterday, the Director of the NIST, Peter Gallagher, answered questions about the Framework and its creation, goals, and future use.

In a nationally-broadcast panel discussion, Gallagher emphasized that the FICIC is industry-driven, industry-focused, and industry-friendly. Gallagher commented that, after a decade of failed federal legislation, the Framework offers much needed guidance in the area of cybersecurity. It was drafted with full and open collaboration with industry professionals, and it was built upon practices that had already been tried and proven in the market.

While Gallagher described the FICIC as a flexible, living document, he stated that did not mean that the Framework is a preliminary model that can be set aside until a more permanent model comes along. "If you're waiting for this to settle down before you do anything about it, you're going to miss the train," said Gallagher. "[T]he Framework will actually be driven by those who are the users and adopters of it." 

Although the FICIC itself is not mandatory, it is expected to set the standard for vague terms such as "reasonable" and "adequate" that are scattered throughout preexisting data security laws and regulations. The FICIC should be welcomed by anyone who has had to determine the "reasonableness" or "adequacy" of their company's security policy, training, response plan, etc. 

Our Data Security, Privacy and Cyberliability team has extensive experience counseling clients on cybersecurity policies and practices, and representing clients who have been affected by a security breach or other cyber incident. We welcome your questions about the FICIC, as well as any other aspect of cybersecurity risks, principles, or procedures. 

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