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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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Privacy Perils: Protecting Your Credit Card Online 2.0

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July 22, 2016

As referenced in a previous Privacy Peril, we listed some suggested ways to minimize the risk of potential theft of card information while shopping online. Here are some additional suggestions on how to protect your credit card information:

  • Whenever possible, use trustworthy payment services like Amazon, PayPal, Google Wallet, or Apple Pay. It means that the merchant never obtains your credit card info and minimizes the points of interception and storage of credit card information. Even better, use tokenized payment systems.
  • Some banks also offer similar authentication and payment processes that result only in a secure connection to your bank's website, eliminating the middle-man for payment (for example, https://www.bankofamerica.com/privacy/accounts-cards/shopsafe.go). Visa and MasterCard also have additional layers of security that you have to opt-in and enroll to use (such as SecureCode and "Verified by Visa") which are similar to two factor authentication.
  • Set up alerts so that you are notified of transactions promptly. Even better, start using the real-time notification of charges features of the Visa and Amex apps – you will be notified immediately when the purchase is made and can verify the amount in real-time.
  • Check your statements often. As everyone moves to "paperless" statements, it is very easy to skim your card statements and not realize there has been a compromise.
  • If possible, shop from sites that are validated and have at least some form of multi-factor authentication combined with up-to-date SSL certificates and encryption (i.e., only buy from sites with the "https" or lock in the browser). Make sure you are on the right site, and not a misspelled URL.

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 Data Security & Privacy team.

 


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