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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: BRAVE Act to Provide Preference on VA Contracts to Contractors Who Hire Vets


June 2, 2015

On May 18, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation (H.R. 1382) that would allow the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to give a "preference," in awarding contracts for the procurement of goods and services, to offerors who employ veterans on a full-time basis. The act was sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) and is titled, the "Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act" or the "BRAVE Act."

Currently, the VA gives preference on contracts for veteran-owned small businesses but not businesses that actively employ veterans. Under the BRAVE Act, the VA would have the power to provide and determine what preference a contractor is given based on the offeror's percentage of employees that are veterans. The Act, however, does not specify or define what sort of "preference" the VA could provide to contractors. Furthermore, the Act would allow the imposition of penalties for any contractor who willfully misrepresents the veteran status of their employees in order to receive the preference. The penalty for such misrepresentation would be debarment from contracting with the VA for at least five years. There appears to be no limitation on what types of companies can receive this preference, encompassing large and small businesses alike.

The BRAVE Act was received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs on May 20.

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