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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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Download the Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review 2017, authored by Bass, Berry & Sims

The Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review 2017 details all healthcare-related False Claims Act settlements from last year, organized by particular sectors of the healthcare industry. In addition to reviewing all healthcare fraud-related settlements, the Review includes updates on enforcement-related litigation involving the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute, and looks at the continued implications from the government's focus on enforcement efforts involving individual actors in connection with civil and criminal healthcare fraud investigations.

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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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