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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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OCC: Cybersecurity Top Supervisory Priority


August 20, 2015

Consistent with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's (OCC) Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014 that listed cybersecurity as a major risk to banks' safety and soundness, the OCC's Semiannual Risk Perspective for Spring 2015 also identified cybersecurity as a supervisory priority for its examinations. In the 2015 report, the OCC highlighted the importance of an "increased focus of cybersecurity at third-party technology service providers" by its examiners.

OCC regulations presently provide that regulated financial institutions must exercise appropriate and effective oversight of their service providers. Banks cannot avoid cybersecurity compliance by outsourcing various operations to technology providers. The OCC concludes that banks must require their technology providers to maintain appropriate cybersecurity programs designed to detect and respond to cyber-attacks to avoid risk.

Further, OCC guidelines state that banks can require service providers, by contract, to have policies and procedures that will detect cyber-attacks consistent with those required of the banks themselves. Given the difficulty that banks historically have had in including such terms in contracts with providers, banks are facing a perplexing problem of how they can satisfy themselves and the OCC's cybersecurity requirements.

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