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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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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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