Healthcare Law

Just Released: The Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Annual ReviewMarked 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 American Health Law Association (2019).

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 $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 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 Pharos Capital’s post-acute care provider platform, Charter Health Care Group, in its acquisition of two hospice service providers,...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Life Sciences Company Fagron Holding USA LLC

    We served as lead counsel representing a national pharmaceutical ingredient supplier and its wholly-owned subsidiaries in an investigation of alleged...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of axialHealthcare, a care optimization platform navigating substance use issues for patients, providers, and health plans, in a $15 million Series C round of financing to accelerate its expansion into the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, and recovery sector. Previous institutional investors Oak HC/FT, .406 Ventures, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners (BCBSVP), and Sandbox Advantage Fund led the round.

    We represented axialHealthcare, a care optimization platform navigating substance use issues for patients, providers, and health plans, in a $15...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Health Velocity Capital as lead investor in a $30 million Series C funding round for HealthJoy, a healthcare consumer benefits platform. In addition to Health Velocity Capital, other participating investors included U.S. Venture Partners, Chicago Ventures, and Epic Ventures

    We advised Health Velocity Capital as lead investor in a $30 million Series C funding round for HealthJoy, a healthcare...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., a government-focused managed care provider, in its merger with Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) for $17.3 billion

    We represented WellCare Health Plans, Inc. in its merger with Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) for $17.3 billion. The combined company...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, in its acquisition of Valify, a healthcare cost management technology platform

    We represented HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, in its acquisition of Valify, a healthcare...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Bravo Wellness, a national provider of employee wellness solutions and portfolio company of ABS Capital, in its sale to Medical Mutual, a health insurance company based in Ohio

    We represented Bravo Wellness, an ABS Capital portfolio company, in its sale to Medical Mutual, a health insurance company based...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Represented Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) in four strategic acquisitions and in its underwritten public offering of 2.3 million shares of common stock in 2019.

    We represented Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) in four strategic acquisitions in 2019, including the acquisition of Hospice Partners of...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Partners, a premier provider of radiology services to Middle Tennessee, in its partnership with Radiology Partners, the largest physician-led and physician-owned radiology practice in the United States

    We represented Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Partners, a premier provider of radiology services to Middle Tennessee, in its partnership with Radiology...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of LucidHealth, a portfolio company of Excellere Partners, in its acquisition of Madison Radiologists

    We represented LucidHealth, a portfolio company of Excellere Partners, in its acquisition of Madison Radiologists. This is the second acquisition...
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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
Gardner B. Bell
Associate
Scott W. Bell
Member
Philip F. Berg
Senior Healthcare Attorney
Angela L. Bergman
Associate
Nicholas M. Bessette
Associate
Brian D. Bewley
Member
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
Ali Deatherage
Associate
Wallace W. Dietz
Member
Kevin H. Douglas
Member
Felix R. Dowsley, III
Member
Kristin C. Dunavant
Counsel
Kaitlyn L. Dunn
Associate
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
Louise P. Gaerig
Senior Healthcare Attorney
Lauren M. Gaffney
Member
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
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
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
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
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
Marc Tahiry
Attorney
Julia Tamulis
Member
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
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