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 200 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 is ranked as the fourth largest healthcare law firm in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare (2018).

We provide healthcare regulatory counsel to 25 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 $117 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 four years, Chambers USA ranked the firm in the Nationwide category and in 2017 we were 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 12 years. In their research, 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. One client reports: ‘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 BioScrip, Inc. in its merger with Option Care Enterprises, Inc. The newly combined company, Option Care Health, Inc., emerges as the largest independent home and alternate site infusion services provider in the United States. Option Care Health’s common stock will be listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol BIOS.

     

    We represented BioScrip, Inc. in its merger with Option Care Enterprises, Inc. The newly combined company, Option Care Health, Inc.,...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • We represented Verdi Oncology, Inc. in its acquisition of NexGen Oncology. With the acquisition of NexGen, Verdi has launched Verdi...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Served as lead counsel to BriovaRx Infusion Services in obtaining a Certificate of Need to expand services in Middle Tennessee

    We served as lead counsel to BriovaRx Infusion Services (BriovaRx) in obtaining a Certificate of Need (CON) to expand its...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel to Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance (TOA) in obtaining a Certificate of Need (CON)...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Lead counsel representing emergency department provider and other defendants in qui tam lawsuit alleging violation of licensure laws caused submission of false claims. District court dismissed allegations against the emergency department provider on grounds that alleged regulatory violation did not satisfy standard for FCA materiality set forth in Supreme Court’s Escobar decision. U.S. ex rel. Taylor v. Boyko, 2019 WL 2423283 (S.D. W. Va. Jun. 6, 2019).

    Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel representing an emergency department provider and other defendants in a qui tam...
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  • We represented HealthTrust (Healthtrust Purchasing Group, L.P.) in its definitive agreement to acquire Resource Optimization & Innovation (ROi), a recognized leader in healthcare supply chain management.

    We represented HealthTrust (Healthtrust Purchasing Group, L.P.) in its definitive agreement to acquire Resource Optimization & Innovation (ROi), a recognized...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Co-counsel to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) in its efforts to obtain a Certificate of Need (CON) to initiate radiation therapy at its hospital campus located in Germantown, Tennessee

    Bass, Berry & Sims served as co-counsel to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) in its efforts to obtain a Certificate...
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    Client Type: Nonprofit
  • Represented Tivity Health, Inc. in its acquisition of Nutrisystem, Inc.

    We represented Tivity Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: TVTY) in its acquisition of Nutrisystem, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTRI), a provider of weight management...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Represented Consonance Capital Partners in the recapitalization of Orsini Pharmaceutical Services, LLC

    We represented Consonance Capital Partners, a leading healthcare-focused private equity fund, in the recapitalization of Orsini Pharmaceutical Services, LLC, in...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Represented CHS in its sale of Gulf Oaks Behavioral Hospital

    We represented Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH) in its sale of Gulf Oaks Behavioral Hospital, the behavioral health operations...
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    Client Type: Public Company
John R. Adgent
Associate
Shayan A. Ahmed
Associate
Taylor J. Ashley
Associate
Wilmoth H. Baker, IV
Associate
Jaime L. Barwig
Associate
Gardner B. Bell
Associate
Scott W. Bell
Member
Philip F. Berg
Senior Healthcare Attorney
Angela L. Bergman
Associate
Brian D. Bewley
Member
Elizabeth  A. Bounds
Associate
Robert L. Brewer
Member
Al Bright, Jr.
Member
Laura R. Brothers
Member
Mark B. Buente
Associate
Emily A. Burrows
Associate
Curtis Capeling
Member
Stefanie P. Carter
Associate
James H. Cheek, III
Member
J. Taylor Chenery
Member
E. Steele Clayton, IV
Member
Meredith Edwards Collins
Associate
Bo R. Cook
Associate
Krista Thornton Cooper
Senior Healthcare Attorney
David Cox
Member
Lymari Martinez Cromwell
Counsel
Matthew M. Curley
Member
Michael Dagley
Member
J. Page Davidson
Member
K. Stewart Day
Associate
Ali Deatherage
Associate
Wallace W. Dietz
Member
Kevin H. Douglas
Member
Felix R. Dowsley, III
Member
Kristin C. Dunavant
Senior Corporate Attorney
Kaitlyn L. Dunn
Associate
John C. Eason
Associate
Richard Eiler
Associate
R. Todd Ervin
Member
Jeanne Marie Evans
Associate
Greg Everett
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
Louise P. Gaerig
Senior Healthcare Attorney
Lauren M. Gaffney
Associate
Scott D. Gallisdorfer
Associate
Jeff H. Gibson
Member
Thomas Gossett
Associate
B. Riney Green
Member
Tabitha L. Green
Associate
R. Dale Grimes
Member
Anna M. Grizzle
Member
Maleaka N. Guice
Associate
Sarah E. Guthrie
Associate
Mary Lindsey Hannahan
Associate
Andrew Hard
Associate
Brad L. Hart
Associate
Jonathan T. Hasebe
Senior Corporate Attorney
Grant Hauss
Associate
Michael R. Hess
Member
Michael R. Hill
Member
S. Ryan Hoffman
Associate
Michael J. Holley
Member
Robert W. Horton
Member
Lauren B. Huddleston
Associate
Angela Humphreys
Member
Kate Hunter-Salas
Associate
Tyler Huseman
Associate
J. Patrick Huston
Associate
J. James Jenkins, Jr.
Member
Chris Johnson
Associate
John E. Kelly
Member
Kris Kemp
Member
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
Philip M. Lewis
Member
Mark Manner
Member
David W. Marshburn
Associate
Richard F. Mattern
Member
Timothy B. McConnell
Member
R. Davis Mello
Associate
William L. Moore III
Senior Public Policy Counsel
Amy Sanders Morgan
Associate
Sheaniva H. Murray
Associate
Elaine C. Naughton
Associate
Jennifer H. Noonan
Member
Jason Northcutt
Member
Andrea N. Orr
Member
J. Allen Overby
Member
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
Associate
John N. Popham, IV
Counsel
Brianna R. Powell
Associate
Jessica R. Reeves
Associate
Dillon Reid
Associate
Cynthia Y. Reisz
Member
Marc A. Rigsby
Associate
Lisa S. Rivera
Member
Brian D. Roark
Member
Whitney Robinson
Associate
Molly K. Ruberg
Associate
Taylor M. Sample
Associate
John S. Seehorn
Member
Cynthia N. Sellers
Member
Olivia Seraphim
Associate
Molly Shasteen
Senior Attorney
D. Mark Sheets
Member
Sehrish Siddiqui
Member
Susan V. Sidwell
Member
Brian L. Sims
Associate
J. Paul Singleton
Associate
Danielle M. Sloane
Member
David W. Smith
Counsel
Lucas Ross Smith
Member
Page Minton Smith
Associate
Whitney Snow
Associate
Russell E. Stair
Member
Amanda Elliott Stanley
Counsel
Jonathan D. Stanley
Member
Jamie Gordon Steakley
Associate
Greg Stevens
Senior Counsel
Michael A. Stewart
Member
Marc Tahiry
Attorney
Julia Tamulis
Associate
W. Benjamin Tarpley
Associate
T. Stephen C. Taylor
Member
G. Scott Thomas
Member
Oscar L. Thomas
Counsel
Ryan D. Thomas
Member
Shelley R. Thomas
Member
Meredith Mallard Thompson
Counsel
David A. Thornton
Member
Ashley N. Thurman
Associate
Nesrin Garan Tift
Member
Rodrigo N. Valle
Associate
Sara Vance
Associate
David R. Venturella
Associate
Erica Bell Vick
Member
Kurt Vincent
Associate
Quyen Vo
Associate
Tyler H. Wadlington
Associate
Julie C. Walker
Senior Corporate Attorney
Leigh Walton
Member
Elizabeth S. Warren
Member
Nikki Wethington
Associate
Shannon Wiley
Member
Brian K. Wilke
Associate
Price W. Wilson
Member
Taylor K. Wirth
Associate
Lora A. Wuerdeman
Associate

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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