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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: The Internet of Things

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December 21, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of connected devices that are able to collect and share data using embedded sensors. Smart homes are an area where IoT is heavily used. For example, using your cell phone while in another state or country, you can unlock your front door for your pet sitter, adjust your thermostat and turn lights on and off. IoT devices however present security risks. Industry experts suggest that more than 70% of IoT devices are vulnerable to being hacked. Because these devices are convenience focused, often they are not set up to be secure. Moreover, those devices that have security features, typically do not have them configured by default; instead, the user must take steps to enable the protection. For example, researches recently reported that certain IP-based access door controllers and keyless door models were not programmed out of the box to encrypt communications between devices, therefore presenting a security risk. The full article may be found here. With respect to these particular products, the company reports that a user could encrypt communications between the devices but it required the user to configure the devices accordingly. The moral of the story is that as IoT grows (think autonomous cars and health wearables), users need to be aware of whether a connected device has security options and, if so, whether those options apply by default or must be selected by the user.

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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