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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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Privacy Perils: Dynamic Password Banning – The End of "Letmein123!"

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June 3, 2016

Despite recommendations by IT professionals and requirements for "strong" passwords, people continue to compromise accounts and systems by using passwords that are easily guessed. And, as it turns out, evidence suggests that requirements for length, complexity and period expiration cause people to react in predicable ways that may actually make passwords easier to crack

To aid in that battle against bad passwords, Microsoft recently announced that it will start dynamically banning common passwords. To determine which passwords are the most common, Microsoft's Identity Protection team analyzes data from major breaches and the 10 million accounts attacked daily to generate the dynamically updated banned password list. Using that same data, Microsoft is also implementing a smart password lockout that locks your account when someone tries to use those common passwords – think "abcd1234!," "letmein" or "welcome" – to enter your account.

So the next time you try to reset your Xbox password and get the error message "Choose a password that's harder for people to guess," it means the days of using the go-to passwords on this list are over. You'll need something stronger than "passw0rd" going forward.

Privacy Perils imageCheck out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.

 


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