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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 Private Equity Compliance Checklist

The complex and ever-changing healthcare regulatory and enforcement environment, including increased focus on the role of private equity firms in their portfolio companies, make compliance a top priority for private equity firms investing in healthcare companies. The best way to limit your exposure as a private equity firm is to avoid a compliance misstep in the first place. Additionally, an effective and robust compliance program for your portfolio healthcare company makes it much more attractive to potential buyers and helps you avoid an unexpected and costly investigation or valuation hit down the road. Download the Healthcare Private Equity Compliance Checklist to assess whether your portfolio company's compliance program is up-to-date.

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GovCon Blog: "Standard" Flow-downs No More?

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April 26, 2016

Contractors may be familiar with receiving a long list of flow-down provisions from their prime contractor that don't seem to apply to them or are burdensome to comply with. This entails pushback to tailor flow-downs or even acts as a barrier for some companies to enter into the federal marketplace at all. The House Armed Services Chairman apparently agrees this may be the case, and pursuant to his proposed NDAA 2017, the Secretary of Defense would be required to enter into a contract with an independent entity to:

  1. Identify the required flow-downs in the FAR and DFARS;
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  3. Identify flow-down provisions critical for national security;
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  5. Examine which clauses are applied inappropriately to subcontracts;
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  7. Assess applicability of flow-downs for the purchase of commodity items that are acquired in bulk for multiple acquisition programs;
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  9. Determine unnecessary costs or burdens flow-downs place on the supply chain; and
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  11. Determine the effect of flow-downs on the participation rate of small businesses and non-traditional defense contractors in defense procurements.

If this provision makes its way into the final version of the NDAA for 2017, we can expect a briefing on interim findings by March 1, 2017, and a final report to the congressional defense committees by August 1, 2017. So, don't expect the flow-downs to be eliminated anytime soon!

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