Healthcare Law

COVID-19 Insights | Critical Information for Healthcare ProvidersMarked 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 fourth largest healthcare law firm in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare (2020) and third largest by American Health Law Association (2020).

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 five 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 13 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.” And clients reported, “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) In a previous Chambers edition, a client reported: “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)

  • Lead counsel to West Tennessee Healthcare in obtaining a Certificate of Need (CON) to convert its existing hospital-based outpatient surgery center to a freestanding multi-specialty surgery center that will provide state-of-the art services

    Bass Berry & Sims served as lead counsel to West Tennessee Healthcare in obtaining a Certificate of Need (CON) to...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Lead counsel to a Memphis-based children’s research hospital in obtaining a Certificate of Need (CON) to initiate home health services

    Bass Berry & Sims served as lead counsel to a Memphis-based children's research hospital in obtaining a Certificate of Need...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Lead counsel to Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. in its efforts to obtain a Certificate of Need (CON) to open a state-of-the-art opioid treatment program (OTP) facility in suburban Nashville, Tennessee

    Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel to Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. in its efforts to obtain a Certificate...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Lead counsel to Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. in its efforts to obtain a Certificate of Need (CON) to open a state-of-the-art opioid treatment program (OTP) facility in Cleveland, Tennessee

    Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel to Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. in its efforts to obtain a Certificate...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of J. Knipper and Company, Inc. – one of the largest suppliers of end-to-end pharmaceutical samples management services and a Court Square portfolio company – and its affiliates, including KnippeRx, in its acquisition of Eagle Pharmacy – a Florida-based full-service, direct-to-patient (DTP) pharmacy. This strategic transaction for KnippeRx will expand the company’s pharmacy programs, scale and automation capabilities.

    We represented J. Knipper and Company, Inc. - one of the largest suppliers of end-to-end pharmaceutical samples management services and...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), the nation’s largest public provider of personal home care and support services, in its definitive agreement to acquire Queen City Hospice, LLC, and its affiliate Miracle City Hospice, LLC for a cash purchase price of $192.0 million

    We represented Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), the nation’s largest public provider of personal home care and support services, in...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), the nation’s largest public provider of personal home care and support services, in its acquisition of County HomeMakers, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based personal care operator with 800 employees in 22 locations serving over 1,000 clients

    We represented Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), the nation’s largest public provider of personal home care and support services, in...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Successfully represented AmSurg Holdings, Inc. in a dispute with a group of physicians seeking to invalidate a non-compete provision that was a material feature of a highly profitable surgery center partnership located in  Minnesota

    We represented AmSurg Holdings, Inc. in a dispute with a group of physicians seeking to invalidate a non-compete provision that...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of  Linden Capital Partners, as lead healthcare regulatory counsel, in its investment in Vital Care, Inc., a pharmacy franchisor of home infusion services. Linden Capital Partners is a Chicago-based private equity firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry

    We represented Linden Capital Partners, as lead healthcare regulatory counsel, in its investment in Vital Care, Inc., a pharmacy franchisor...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Triage Consulting Group, a healthcare revenue integrity company in its acquisition by Revint Solutions, a leader in technology-enabled revenue integrity solutions for healthcare providers

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    Client Type: Private Company
John R. Adgent
Associate
Shayan A. Ahmed
Associate
Taylor J. Ashley
Member
Wilmoth H. Baker, IV
Associate
Jaime L. Barwig
Member
Michael K. Bassham
Senior Litigation Attorney
Gardner B. Bell
Associate
Scott W. Bell
Member
Philip F. Berg
Senior Healthcare Attorney
Angela L. Bergman
Associate
Nicholas M. Bessette
Associate
Robert L. Brewer
Member
Al Bright, Jr.
Member
Laura R. Brothers
Member
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
Elizabeth  A. 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
Wallace W. Dietz
Member
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
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
Lauren M. Gaffney
Member
Ali Gallagher
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
Clint D. Hermes
Counsel
Michael R. Hess
Member
Michael R. Hill
Member
S. Ryan Hoffman
Member
Michael J. Holley
Member
Robert W. Horton
Member
Lauren B. Huddleston
Associate
Angela Humphreys
Member
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
James R. Litzow
Associate
Mark Manner
Member
David W. Marshburn
Associate
Richard F. Mattern
Member
Timothy B. McConnell
Member
R. Davis Mello
Associate
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
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
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
Angelique Salib
Associate
Taylor M. Sample
Associate
John S. Seehorn
Member
Cynthia N. Sellers
Member
Olivia Seraphim
Associate
D. Mark Sheets
Member
Sehrish Siddiqui
Member
Susan V. Sidwell
Member
Brian L. Sims
Member
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
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
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
Abby Yi
Associate

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.