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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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Attorneys Examine Court Rulings on Refunds of Overpayments Under FCA

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February 1, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Anna Grizzle, Brian Roark and Julia Tamulis authored an article for the American Bar Association (ABA) examining two recent rulings that provide direction to healthcare providers related to the timing of refunds of overpayments as defined under Section 6402(d) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Under the PPACA, a provider has 60 days to refund the overpayment once the discrepancy is identified or risk liability under the False Claims Act (FCA). These cases mark the first time healthcare providers have received any guidance of its repayment obligations required under PPACA. In the article, the authors outline the decision in United States ex rel. Kane v. Healthfirst, Inc. and the settlement in United States ex rel. Odumosu & Mccray v. Pediatric Services of America Healthcare that provide guidance on this issue. 

The full article, "On the Clock: Failure to Timely Refund Overpayments Leads to FCA Exposure," was published by the ABA's Section of Litigation, Health Law Litigation and is available online.


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