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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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Tony McFarland Outlines 4 Steps Companies Can Follow for a Strong Cybersecurity Program

The Corporate Counselor

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July 6, 2017

In the wake of the May 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack, Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Tony McFarland authored an article in which he outlined a four-step plan that companies can undertake to establish a strong cybersecurity program. "Corporate counsel who understand cyber risk and mitigation measures are in a prime position to ensure that leadership at all levels communicates and reinforces that message throughout the company," Tony noted. The WannaCry attack is an urgent reminder for businesses to ensure resources are invested in a strong cybersecurity program; these four steps will help establish a cybersecurity plan and ease the stress of sifting through the increasing number of cybersecurity warnings and recommendations.

  • Step 1 – Training: Businesses should administer ongoing cybersecurity training to employees, extending from senior management to new hires. 
  • Step 2 – Maintaining the cybersecurity program: Administrators should sustain the established cybersecurity program by applying software updates, and ensuring appropriate firewalls and intrusion detection systems are in place. 
  • Step 3 – Testing the program: Businesses should undergo regular third-party and internal penetration testing to detect security issues and to raise cybersecurity awareness, as well as cast fake phishing emails to its own employees. 
  • Step 4 – Repeating the steps: This ensures good cybersecurity practices are continued as cyber threats evolve, regulations change and new testing methods develop. 

The full article, "Cybersecurity After WannaCry," was published by ALM's The Corporate Counselor on July 1, 2017, and is available online (subscription required) or the PDF below.

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