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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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GovCon Blog: Revisions to Tennessee Bid Protest Procedures and Other Procurement Provisions Introduced by State Legislature


January 22, 2015

A bill to revise certain provisions of Tennessee's procurement code has been introduced in both the House and the Senate of the Tennessee General Assembly. The bill comes from the central procurement office with the Governor's support and is expected to pass rather quickly. The legislation, if passed by both houses and signed by the Governor, will:

  • Re-write the protest procedure statute (Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 12-3-512) to provide more detail with regard to a party's standing to protest and to the calculation of the protest bond. The amount of a protest bond will be
    • 5% of the lowest bid or cost proposal,
    • 5% of the maximum or estimated maximum liability,
    • 5% of the estimated maximum revenue if the contract at issue will be revenue producing to the state, or
    • In the case of a no-cost contract, an amount to be determined by the chief procurement officer. Authorize the promulgation of rules by the procurement commission with regard to protest procedures.
  • Authorize the Tennessee Department of General Services and Tennessee public institutions of higher education to participate in cooperative purchasing agreements relating to maintenance and management of real property and construction, engineering and architectural services. Construction materials will be able to be procured cooperatively with other states or local governments.
  • Finally, rewrite the authority of the Chief Procurement Officer to authorize limitation of liability clauses in state contracts (Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 12-3-701).

The legislation is Senate Bill 95 (Norris) and House Bill 84 (McCormick).

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