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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 Transactions: Year in Review 2018Last year, CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) announced it would purchase health insurer Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) for $67.5 billion, a transaction that would be one of the biggest healthcare mergers in the past decade. The transaction raises an intriguing question: is this the beginning of a transformational shift in healthcare?

Recently, members of our healthcare group authored the Healthcare Transactions: Year in Review outlining 2017 M&A activity and drivers in the following hot healthcare sectors:

• Managed Care
• Hospitals
• Post-Acute Care—Home Health & Hospice
• Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs)
• Healthcare Information Technology (HIT)
• Behavioral Health
• Physician Practice Management

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President Signs into Law the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015

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December 23, 2015

After months of deliberation (see our April 23 and October 28 alerts), President Obama signed into law the consolidated version of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) as part of the massive omnibus spending bill. The final version of CISA will establish a process allowing participating businesses to share certain cyberthreat information with the federal government and vice versa. These businesses are incentivized to participate in the form of liability protection from lawsuits for sharing such cyberthreat information. CISA tasks the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the responsibility of acting as the intermediary between the federal government and participating businesses and also requires DHS to establish an automated system for sharing in real time any provided cyberthreat information with other governmental agencies.

While CISA is still in its nascent stages, most business groups generally support the legislation and its potential to improve prevention, detection, and mitigation of cybersecurity threats.  However, some consumer advocates continue to argue that CISA provides limited privacy protections to Americans, though the final version of CISA does require the removal of personally identifiable information from data before such data is shared.

Bass, Berry & Sims will continue to monitor and provide updates as we track cybersecurity legislation. If you have questions regarding the potential effects of this legislation, or any other cybersecurity concerns related to your organization, please contact an attorney on our Data Security & Privacy Team.


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