Healthcare Law

Marked by an integrated approach and unmatched healthcare regulatory knowledge, the healthcare practice of Bass, Berry & Sims is a team of more than 225 experienced healthcare attorneys who leverage their diverse strengths to meet the unique demands of our clients. We have contributed to the evolution of Nashville as the nation’s capital of healthcare delivery and entrepreneurialism. From this experience, we know that issues impacting healthcare organizations require a multidisciplinary team informed by historical perspective. Because of this depth, the firm was ranked as the fifth largest healthcare law firm in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare (2021) and third largest by American Health Law Association (2021).

We provide healthcare regulatory counsel to 35 publicly traded healthcare companies and more than 200 businesses in the healthcare industry located throughout the United States. We have extensive experience in representing investors, lenders and investment banking firms in financing transactions for healthcare companies. Our team has advised on more than $136 billion in healthcare transactions and more than $52 billion in debt and equity offerings.

At the core, our Healthcare Regulatory Team navigates complex state and federal regulations across all healthcare sectors including four major areas:

  • Mergers, acquisitions and dispositions.
  • Joint ventures and syndications.
  • Contracting, regulatory and operational matters.
  • Compliance and investigations.

We work directly with healthcare clients dealing with critical healthcare compliance, regulatory and operational needs including:

  • Affordable Care Act compliance.
  • Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Stark Law.
  • Reimbursement.
  • Licensing and certification.
  • Corporate compliance programs.
  • Payor audits including RACs, ZPICs, and MICs.
  • HIPAA privacy and security compliance.
  • Internal and government investigations before the OIG and DOJ.
  • Managed care contracting.
  • Certificate of need and health planning.

The firm’s legal proficiency draws on the backgrounds of numerous healthcare attorneys who have honed their skills with in-house counsel positions, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Attorneys’ offices.

For the last six years, Chambers USA ranked the firm in the Nationwide category and in 2017 Bass, Berry & Sims was named a finalist in the Chambers USA 2017 Awards for Excellence, recognizing a firm’s pre-eminence in key practice areas. Chambers USA has ranked Bass, Berry & Sims as one of the top healthcare law firms in Tennessee for the past 14 years. In their research for the 2020 issue, Chambers concluded the firm had “Deep bench with varied expertise across both regulatory and transactional healthcare matters. Well equipped to handle significant multistate M&A deals, recapitalizations and dispositions. Regularly mandated on joint ventures and syndications, in addition to compliance matters and government investigations. Clients include healthcare companies, pharmacy groups, private equity investors and long-term care centers.” In the 2021 edition of Chambers, sources report “The client service is very good and very solicitous. They are not heavy-handed, but provide fast and thorough responses,” and “They have built a really good group. They do top-quality work at very competitive rates.” (from Chambers USA 2021) In previous Chambers editions, clients and sources say “They are consistent and very effective. They also work well with our team and are customer service-oriented” and that the team is “great to work with – they know what they’re doing.” (from Chambers USA 2020); “They are our go-to firm for pretty much anything,” adding “Their responsiveness and customer service is absolutely excellent, the best I have worked with. I have them on speed dial.” (from Chambers USA 2018)

  • We represented MSouth Equity Partners in the formation of Lync Health Partners, an ambulatory surgery center development and management company,...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • We represented Evolent Health, Inc. (NYSE: EVH), a health care company that delivers proven clinical and administrative solutions to payers...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS), a leading provider of home care services, in its cash acquisition of Chicago-based Summit Home Health, LLC. The transaction further adds clinical services to the Company’s largest market in Illinois.

    We represented Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS), a leading provider of home care services, in its cash acquisition of Chicago-based Summit...
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  • We successfully defended a national home healthcare provider in appealing an $18 million extrapolated overpayment resulting from a UPIC audit.

    We successfully defended a national home healthcare provider in appealing an $18 million extrapolated overpayment resulting from a UPIC audit....
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN), a privately held physical therapy care provider and comprehensive practice management organization, in its acquisition of 360 Physical Therapy, an operator of 19 outpatient clinics across Arizona and Oklahoma. This transaction expands its Arizona presence and entrance into Oklahoma bringing their nationwide clinic count to 181 across 16 states.

    We represented Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN), a privately held physical therapy care provider and comprehensive practice management organization, in its...
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  • Representation of Addus HomeCare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS) in its $29.1 million acquisition of three affiliated entities: Armada Skilled Home Care of New Mexico, LLC, Armada Hospice of New Mexico, LLC and Armada Hospice of Santa Fe, LLC. This acquisition expands Addus HomeCare’s home health and hospice services in the state of New Mexico.

    We represented Addus HomeCare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS) in its $29.1 million acquisition of three affiliated entities: Armada Skilled Home Care...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Contessa Health in its sale to Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), a leading home health, hospice and personal care company.

    We represented Contessa Health in its sale to Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), a leading home health, hospice and personal care...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Gryphon Capital-backed Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN), a leading physical therapy provider and practice management organization, in its acquisition of Complete Balance Solutions Institute for Physiotherapy Inc. through its joint venture with MemorialCare, a prominent non profit Southern California integrated health system. The transaction includes the acquisition of Complete Balance Solutions’ three Southern California outpatient therapy clinics and creates the region’s most expansive network of physical therapy facilities with 26 clinics throughout the region.

    We represented Gryphon Capital-backed Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN), a leading physical therapy provider and practice management organization, in its acquisition...
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  • We represented Agape Care, a hospice and palliative care provider backed by The Vistria Group, in its acquisition of Integrity...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Health Enterprise Partners (HEP) – a healthcare and technology focused middle milled-market private equity firm –  and Providence Ventures –  the Venture capital arm of Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) and nation’s third largest health system – in its $15 million Series A funding round of Kno2, a healthcare interoperability technology platform.

    We represented Health Enterprise Partners (HEP) – a healthcare and technology focused middle milled-market private equity firm –  and Providence...
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John R. Adgent
Associate
Shayan A. Ahmed
Associate
Taylor J. Ashley
Member
Dixon Babb
Associate
Jaime L. Barwig
Member
Michael K. Bassham
Senior Litigation Attorney
Annie Batcheller
Associate
Zachary  J. Baumann
Associate
Allison  M. Beattie
Associate
Scott W. Bell
Member
Philip F. Berg
Senior Healthcare Attorney
Angela L. Bergman
Associate
Nicholas M. Bessette
Associate
Courtney  L. Black
Associate
Kristin M. Bohl
Member
A.J. Bolan
Associate
Kolby  A. Boyd
Associate
Robert L. Brewer
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Al Bright, Jr.
Member
Laura R. Brothers
Member
Lauren  A. Brown
Associate
Nathan F. Brown
Associate
Whitney R. Burnley
Associate
Emily A. Burrows
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Bryan  P. Bylica
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Curtis Capeling
Member
Stefanie P. Carter
Associate
J. Taylor Chenery
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E. Steele Clayton, IV
Member
Christopher J. Climo
Associate
Laura J. Cohen
Senior Corporate Attorney
Meredith Edwards Collins
Member
Bo R. Cook
Associate
Elizabeth  A. Cook
Associate
Krista Thornton Cooper
Senior Healthcare Attorney
Robert E. Cooper Jr.
Member
David Cox
Member
Lymari Martinez Cromwell
Member
Matthew M. Curley
Member
Michael Dagley
Member
Michael G. Dashefsky
Member
J. Page Davidson
Member
Jeffrey I. Davis
Member
Parker Batey Davis
Associate
K. Stewart Day
Associate
Kevin H. Douglas
Member
Felix R. Dowsley, III
Member
Kristin C. Dunavant
Counsel
John C. Eason
Member
Richard Eiler
Associate
R. Todd Ervin
Member
Jeanne Marie Evans
Associate
Mallory Farrar
Associate
Lindsey Brown Fetzer
Member
Curtis L. Fisher
Member
D. Lee Flaherty
Associate
Lara A. Flatau
Member
Mary Beth Fortugno
Member
John L. Fuller
Member
Lauren M. Gaffney
Member
Ali Gallagher
Associate
Scott D. Gallisdorfer
Associate
Fady Ghaly
Associate
Ashley Gholston Fowler
Associate
Jeff H. Gibson
Member
Leslie Demaree Goldsmith
Member
Thomas Gossett
Associate
B. Riney Green
Member
Tabitha L. Green
Associate
R. Dale Grimes
Member
Anna M. Grizzle
Member
Maleaka N. Guice
Associate
Jeremy  A. Gunn
Associate
Angela Haddon
Associate
Mary Lindsey Hannahan
Associate
Brad L. Hart
Member
Grant Hauss
Associate
Clint D. Hermes
Counsel
Michael R. Hess
Member
Michael R. Hill
Member
S. Ryan Hoffman
Member
Caleb H. Hogan
Senior Litigation Attorney
Michael J. Holley
Member
Robert W. Horton
Member
Lauren B. Huddleston
Associate
Angela Humphreys
Member
Tyler Huseman
Associate
J. James Jenkins, Jr.
Member
Stewart W. Kameen
Counsel
John E. Kelly
Member
Kris Kemp
Member
John Keny
Associate
Jay H. Knight
Member
Eric J. Knox
Member
Michael R. Kuffner
Member
Howard H. Lamar III
Member
Robins H. Ledyard
Member
Jason S. Lewallen
Member
Noah J. Lewis
Associate
Philip M. Lewis
Member
James R. Litzow
Associate
Dante G. Lizza
Associate
Travis G. Lloyd
Member
Mark Manner
Member
David W. Marshburn
Associate
William T. Mathias
Member
Richard F. Mattern
Member
Timothy B. McConnell
Member
Allie Miller McNamara
Associate
R. Davis Mello
Member
Jennifer  E. Michael
Member
Sarah B. Miller
Member
Amy Sanders Morgan
Associate
Christine M. Morse
Member
Whitney Mosey
Associate
Sheaniva H. Murray
Associate
Jennifer H. Noonan
Member
Andrea N. Orr
Member
J. Allen Overby
Member
Carter-William Palek
Associate
Jacquelyn Papish
Associate
Janice Parmar
Senior Healthcare Attorney
Tatjana Paterno
Member
Oliver H. Peglow
Attorney
Sarah M. Pelham
Associate
Frank M. Pellegrino
Member
Dawn Perez-Slavinski
Associate
Brenda Phillips
Counsel
W. Brantley Phillips, Jr.
Member
Mary Leigh Pirtle
Member
John N. Popham, IV
Counsel
Brianna R. Powell
Associate
Neerja  Razdan
Associate
Cynthia Y. Reisz
Member
Marc A. Rigsby
Associate
Lisa S. Rivera
Member
Brian D. Roark
Member
Molly K. Ruberg
Associate
Laurence B. Russell
Counsel
Angelique M. Salib
Associate
Taylor M. Sample
Associate
John S. Seehorn
Member
Cynthia N. Sellers
Member
Grant Sharp
Associate
D. Mark Sheets
Member
Emily Shiever
Associate
Sehrish Siddiqui
Member
Susan V. Sidwell
Member
Brian L. Sims
Member
J. Paul Singleton
Member
Danielle M. Sloane
Member
David W. Smith
Counsel
Lucas Ross Smith
Member
Page Minton Smith
Associate
Russell E. Stair
Member
Amanda Elliott Stanley
Counsel
Jonathan D. Stanley
Member
Jacob  B. Stansell
Associate
Jamie Gordon Steakley
Associate
Greg Stevens
Senior Counsel
Craig Stewart
Associate
Michael A. Stewart
Member
Marc Tahiry
Attorney
Julia Tamulis
Member
W. Benjamin Tarpley
Associate
T. Stephen C. Taylor
Member
Molly Terrell
Senior Attorney
G. Scott Thomas
Member
Oscar L. Thomas
Counsel
Ryan D. Thomas
Member
Shelley R. Thomas
Member
Meredith Mallard Thompson
Counsel
David A. Thornton
Member
Nesrin Garan Tift
Member
David R. Venturella
Associate
Erica Bell Vick
Member
Quyen Vo
Associate
Julie C. Walker
Senior Corporate Attorney
Leigh Walton
Member
Elizabeth S. Warren
Member
Patton L. Webb
Associate
Nikki Wethington
Associate
Shannon Wiley
Member
Price W. Wilson
Member
Taylor K. Wirth
Associate
Roy Wyman
Member
Bradley L. Yenter
Associate
Abby Yi
Associate
Jessalyn H. Zeigler
Member

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Our healthcare attorneys encompass the multitude of legal specialties necessary to service one of the largest, most highly regulated industries in the United States. We bring our multidisciplinary, team approach to our representation of the following sectors and facilities:

  • Academic medical centers.
  • Ambulatory surgery centers.
  • Behavioral health.
  • Cancer therapy.
  • Clinical laboratories.
  • Dermatology.
  • Diagnostic imaging.
  • Health plans, managed care companies and benefit management companies.
  • Healthcare information technology.
  • Home health.
  • Hospice.
  • Hospitals and health systems.
  • Life sciences.
  • Managed care.
  • Medical device.
  • Nonprofit providers.
  • Orthotics and prosthetics.
  • Pharmaceuticals and pharmacies.
  • Physician practices, outsourced physician services and management companies.
  • Private equity.
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).
  • Revenue cycle management.
  • Senior housing and long-term care.
  • Specialty pharmacy and pharmaceuticals.
  • Telemedicine.
  • Urgent and retail care clinics.
  • Wellness and disease management.