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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: For What It's Worth

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January 12, 2018

Depending on the calculation method, what you are may be worth as little as $5. Who you are, however, can be worth much more.

Experian recently sent an email linking out to an interesting article on the amount your identity information is worth on the Dark Web.* For example, your Social Security number is worth a paltry $1, but your medical records can fetch up to $1,000. Passports can go for $2,000. There is even a price for diploma information (up to $400).

The article concludes with this oft-repeated, but still sage, advice:

While data breaches are on the rise and outside of your control, you can practice good habits for your own personal information like maintaining healthy password practices, and not sharing your personal information unless it’s necessary.

It's also a good idea to make sure that you keep your antivirus software and software updates on all devices (computer, laptop, tablet, phone) current as those updates may include security patches that are important to protecting your information.

[Keeping anti-virus and other software up-to-date on iPads and other tablets is extremely important, but often overlooked.]

Hackers are smart and persistent; you must be smarter and ever-diligent. 

* The Dark Web refers to any website that is housed on a server that is not accessible by a standard search engine, requiring specific software to access. Total content housed on the Dark Web is minuscule — estimated to be approximately 0.03% of the total web.

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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