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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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Download the Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review 2017, authored by Bass, Berry & Sims

The Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review 2017 details all healthcare-related False Claims Act settlements from last year, organized by particular sectors of the healthcare industry. In addition to reviewing all healthcare fraud-related settlements, the Review includes updates on enforcement-related litigation involving the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute, and looks at the continued implications from the government's focus on enforcement efforts involving individual actors in connection with civil and criminal healthcare fraud investigations.

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Privacy Perils: Sometimes I Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me

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August 19, 2016

Last year, the release of troves of user data from the infamous website Ashley Madison, a social networking service for individuals soliciting extramarital affairs, led us to caution you on the perils of sharing your personally-identifying data with a particular cause or organization (see our tip from October 30, 2015). However, individuals concerned about the privacy of their sensitive information have more to be concerned about than just the disclosure of their online philandering.

In a recent federal court case, a Florida man developed an allegedly "platonic" online relationship with a married Ohio woman. After becoming suspicious, the woman's husband installed a product on a home computer – possibly the wife's computer – known as WebWatcher, which allowed him to monitor her communications. According to the product's manufacturer, WebWatcher records all activity on a computer or mobile device, including emails, instant messages, websites visited, web searches, social media activity, and anything typed in real time, and then contemporaneously forwards this information to outside servers. A WebWatcher user then can remotely access and view copies of this information.

This case highlights the fact that your expectation and understanding of your privacy may be entirely inconsistent with reality. Any time you use a computer, smart phone, tablet, or similar electronic device – including your own or one owned by one of your friends or family members – that is neither physically secured nor password protected, the confidentiality of your communications and information is at risk. Unless adequately secured, you should assume that, if you can type it, someone can read it.

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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