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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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GDPR Top 5 Actions You Should Take Now

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25th. As most organizations are aware, the GDPR applies not only to EU businesses but also many companies in the U.S. While the deadline is quickly approaching, most organizations are still grappling with the implications of the regulation on their business. Even if your readiness efforts are behind the curve, the GDPR Top 5 Actions You Should Take NOW will help you begin your efforts towards compliance and help mitigate your organization's risk in the short-term.

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November 18, 2016

Tennessee House Republican Caucus

Late yesterday afternoon, the House Republican Caucus met to choose its officers for the upcoming 110th General Assembly. Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) fended off a challenge from Rep. Jimmy Matlock (R-Lenoir City), current Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, to remain the Republican nominee for Speaker when the Legislature reconvenes. Speaker Harwell won the secret ballot by a vote of 40-30. With a majority of 74-25 in the House, Speaker Harwell, as the Republican nominee, is assured to retain the position when the full House votes on January 10. 

House Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) defeated Rep. David Alexander (R-Winchester) and Rep. John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) to retain the nomination for his position. 

With current Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) choosing not to seek another term in the post, current Caucus Chairman Glen Casada (R-Franklin) won the position over Rep. Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) by a vote of 42-29. 

Rep. David Hawk (R-Greeneville) was elected Assistant Majority Leader, defeating Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Johnson City) by a vote of 43-25. 

Taking over as Republican Caucus Chairman is Rep. Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville), who defeated Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) by a vote of 49-23. 

Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus 

Earlier yesterday, the Senate Republican Caucus voted unanimously to nominate Sen. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), current Chairman of the Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee, to become the next Speaker of the Senate and Lt. Governor of Tennessee. With a 28-5 majority in the Senate, the Republican nomination essentially assures Sen. McNally will become Speaker when the full Senate convenes on January 10 in Nashville. Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) will continue to hold the position until the formal vote is taken. 

The Caucus also reelected Sen. Mark Norris (R-Collierville) as Majority Leader, Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) as Republican Caucus Chairman, Sen. Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin) as Treasurer and Sen. Becky Massey (R-Knoxville) as Secretary.


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