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 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)

  • Representation of Parthenon Capital, a growth-oriented private equity firm, as healthcare regulatory counsel in its investment in RxSense, a high-growth healthcare technology company that utilizes its proprietary technology platform to provide innovative prescription savings solutions to consumers and pharmacy benefits administration and analytics to enterprise customers

    We served as healthcare regulatory counsel to Parthenon Capital, a growth-oriented private equity firm, in its investment in RxSense, a...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Pharos Capital’s post-acute care provider platform, Charter Health Care Group, in its acquisition of sister companies Physmed Home Health Care and Serene Care Hospice. Physmed Home Health specializes in geriatric care, delivering traditional home health nursing and therapy services, as well as social work and dietician services. Serene Care Hospice provides in-home end-of-life care with services including nursing care, spiritual care and bereavement support. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented Pharos Capital’s post-acute care provider platform, Charter Health Care Group, in its acquisition of sister companies Physmed Home...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Premise Health, the largest direct health care provider in the country and OMERS portfolio company, in its acquisition of Sonic Boom Wellness, a provider of corporate wellness technology

    We represented Premise Health, the largest direct health care provider in the country and OMERS portfolio company, in its acquisition...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Assisted a prominent children’s hospital with a range of industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated research agreements

    Our team assisted a prominent children’s hospital with a range of industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated research agreements.
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    Client Type: Nonprofit
  • Counseled a major research university with all regulatory and contracting aspects of a multi-national investigator-initiated clinical trial

    We counseled a major research university with all regulatory and contracting aspects of a multi-national investigator-initiated clinical trial.
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    Client Type: Nonprofit
  • Counseled an academic medical center on international data protection regulations that apply to a global disease surveillance platform involving data from dozens of countries

    We counseled an academic medical center on international data protection regulations that apply to a global disease surveillance platform involving...
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    Client Type: Nonprofit
  • We represented Tivity Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: TVTY), a fitness and social engagement solutions provider, in the divestiture of its nutrition business, Nutrisystem® and South Beach Diet®, to Kainos Capital, a leading food and consumer-focused private equity firm, for $575 million in cash.

    We represented Tivity Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: TVTY), a fitness and social engagement solutions provider, in the divestiture of its nutrition...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, in a joint venture business with A Plus International Inc., a global manufacturer of healthcare products, to expand access to personal protective equipment (PPE) by manufacturing surgical and procedure masks in the United States. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, in a joint venture business with A...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services), a behavioral health provider that operates 38 clinics and in-home services throughout the Western United States, in its acquisition of the Center for Language and Autism Support Services, which operates two clinics and provides in-home services in Oklahoma

    We represented ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services), a behavioral health provider that operates 38 clinics and in-home services throughout the Western...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Kinderhook Industries, LLC in its investment in AbsoluteCARE, value-based primary care provided headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, for $105 million. Kinderhook Industries, LLC is a private investment firm that manages over $3.3 billion of committed capital.

    We represented Kinderhook Industries, LLC in its investment in AbsoluteCARE, value-based primary care provider headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, for $105...
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    Client Type: Private Company
John R. Adgent
Associate
Shayan A. Ahmed
Associate
Taylor J. Ashley
Member
Dixon Babb
Associate
Wilmoth H. Baker, IV
Associate
Jaime L. Barwig
Member
Michael K. Bassham
Senior Litigation Attorney
Zachary  J. Baumann
Associate
Allison  M. Beattie
Associate
Gardner B. Bell
Associate
Scott W. Bell
Member
Philip F. Berg
Senior Healthcare Attorney
Angela L. Bergman
Associate
Nicholas M. Bessette
Associate
Courtney  L. Black
Associate
Kolby  A. Boyd
Associate
Robert L. Brewer
Member
Al Bright, Jr.
Member
Laura R. Brothers
Member
Emily A. Burrows
Member
Curtis Capeling
Member
Stefanie P. Carter
Associate
James H. Cheek, III
Member
J. Taylor Chenery
Member
E. Steele Clayton, IV
Member
Meredith Edwards Collins
Member
Bo R. Cook
Associate
Elizabeth  A. Cook
Associate
Krista Thornton Cooper
Senior Healthcare Attorney
David Cox
Member
Lymari Martinez Cromwell
Member
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
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
Member
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
Stewart W. Kameen
Counsel
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
Member
Amy Sanders Morgan
Associate
Whitney Mosey
Associate
Sheaniva H. Murray
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
Cynthia Y. Reisz
Member
Marc A. Rigsby
Associate
Lisa S. Rivera
Member
Brian D. Roark
Member
Whitney Robinson
Associate
Molly K. Ruberg
Associate
Angelique M. Salib
Associate
Taylor M. Sample
Associate
John S. Seehorn
Member
Cynthia N. Sellers
Member
D. Mark Sheets
Member
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
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.