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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Specialty Pharmacy & Pharmaceuticals

With 20 attorneys, we have one of the largest Specialty Pharmacy & Pharmaceuticals Practices in the country. Led by an industry veteran who has experience as both in-house general counsel and outside counsel, our multi-disciplinary team serves as operational and transactional counsel to a majority of the nation's largest specialty pharmacies.

We are regularly engaged in significant transactions in the specialty pharmacy industry. We also provide practical business advice and legal guidance to help with trade and distribution matters facing clients within the pharmaceutical industry. Day-to-day, we assist clients in navigating and complying with the contractual, regulatory and operational requirements unique to the pharmaceutical industry, and we lead clients in audits and compliance reviews.

We counsel a variety of clients including:

  • Large and small specialty and home infusion pharmacies
  • Large and small specialty drug manufacturers
  • Private equity firms
  • Specialty Drug Distributors
  • Group purchasing organizations (GPOs)
  • Reimbursement hubs, prior authorization programs, financial assistance programs, and other pharma services companies
  • 340B covered entities

Areas of Focus

  • + Contracting, Regulatory & Operational

      • Guiding parties in moving new products from manufacturing to market, such as handling the business needs of the manufacturer, as well as negotiating agreements with various entities through the supply chain
      • Negotiating, designing and contracting distribution networks
      • Advising on multiple patient assistance, co-pay waiver and coupon programs
      • Counseling manufacturers and pharmacies in moving drugs from the manufacturer to the pharmacy, physician or hospital, including structuring compliant GPO arrangements and negotiating contracts for administrative service fees and rebates
      • Assisting in designing, negotiating and contracting protocol management programs including integration of pharmaceutical products into protocol programs
      • Managing complex, licensure issues including multi-pharmacy change of ownership (CHOW) projects in all 50 states
      • Supporting the contracting of preferred exclusive specialty pharmacy provider networks with payors, including national and regional health plans and pharmacy benefit managers
  • + Mergers, Acquisitions & Dispositions

      • Supporting the evaluation, bid process and diligence involved in specialty pharmacy mergers and acquisitions
        • Identifying and analyzing risks associated with specialty pharmacy companies involved in transactions
        • Analyzing regulatory implications of mergers and acquisitions and addressing issues related to dispositions
      • Leading negotiations for mergers, tender offers, and stock and asset purchases and divestitures (both tax-free and taxable)
      • Structuring spinoffs and recapitalizations, management buyouts and other going-private transactions
  • + Compliance & Investigations

      • Addressing enforcement and compliance issues as well as responding to legal and regulatory violations
      • Advising on healthcare liability and risk management issues
      • Advising on issues associated with implementing new reimbursement, prior authorization support, financial assistance and other pharma services and programs for limited distribution specialty drugs
  • + Disputes

      • Providing dispute resolution strategies and support for contracting and reimbursement issues
      • Enforcing non-competes and other business protection strategies


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