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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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Elizabeth Warren Outlines Fundamental Action Steps for Healthcare Organizations in Response to a Medical Data Breach

The Tennessean

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June 7, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Elizabeth Warren authored an article outlining how healthcare organizations can respond to a data breach of medical records. While there are specific steps that organizations should follow after a breach has occurred, as Elizabeth points out in the article, "[t]he first step comes before a breach is even detected: Planning how an organization will respond saves critical time when a privacy or security incident is discovered." However, even with all the best possible planning, a data breach still may occur. Once a breach is detected, Elizabeth provides some fundamental steps for the organization to follow:

  1. Stop the breach
  2. Gather the facts surrounding the breach
  3. Notify affected individuals of the breach – be mindful of different federal and state deadlines
  4. Notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights
  5. Prepare any public notification about the breach
  6. Implement corrective measures to prevent future breaches

The full article, "Medical Records are Special; Protection Efforts Must Be, Too," was published by The Tennessean on June 7, 2016, and is available online.


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