Healthcare

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 $90 billion in healthcare transactions and more than $31 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 three 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 11 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)

Shayan A. Ahmed
Associate
Taylor J. Ashley
Associate
Wilmoth H. Baker, IV
Associate
H. Lee Barfield II
Member (retired)
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
Derick Blakely
Associate
Elizabeth  A. Bounds
Associate
Robert L. Brewer
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
Matthew M. Curley
Member
Michael Dagley
Member
J. Page Davidson
Member
K. Stewart Day
Associate
Michael J. DeAgro
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
Associate
Curtis L. Fisher
Member
D. Lee Flaherty
Associate
Lara A. Flatau
Member
Leslie M. Ford
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
Counsel
Courtney Ginn
Associate
Thomas Gossett
Associate
B. Riney Green
Member
John A. Greer
Senior IP Attorney
R. Dale Grimes
Member
Anna M. Grizzle
Member
Nick L. Grunenwald
Associate
Maleaka N. Guice
Associate
Andrew Hard
Associate
Brad L. Hart
Associate
Jonathan T. Hasebe
Senior Corporate Attorney
Kaitlin E. Hazard
Associate
Michael R. Hess
Member
Michael E. Hill
Associate
Michael R. Hill
Member
S. Ryan Hoffman
Associate
Michael J. Holley
Member
Robert W. Horton
Member
Angela Humphreys
Member
Kate Hunter-Salas
Associate
Tyler Huseman
Associate
Charles G. Jarboe
Member
J. James Jenkins, Jr.
Member
Chris Johnson
Associate
John E. Kelly
Member
Kris Kemp
Member
William J. Kent
Associate
Joseph A. Kimmet
Associate
David A. King
Member
Jay H. Knight
Member
Eric J. Knox
Member
Michael R. Kuffner
Member
Howard H. Lamar III
Member
J. Brook Lathram
Member (retired)
Robins H. Ledyard
Member
Jason S. Lewallen
Member
Philip M. Lewis
Member
Katherine S. Linsey
Associate
J. Richard Lodge
Member
Mark Manner
Member
David W. Marshburn
Associate
Richard F. Mattern
Member
R. Davis Mello
Associate
Amy Sanders Morgan
Associate
Elaine C. Naughton
Associate
Jennifer H. Noonan
Member
Jason Northcutt
Member
Daniela J. O'Mara
Associate
Andrea N. Orr
Member
J. Allen Overby
Member
Janice Parmar
Associate
Juhi Kaveeshvar Patel
Attorney
Tatjana Paterno
Member
Michael S. Peek
Member
Oliver H. Peglow
Attorney
Frank M. Pellegrino
Member
Brenda Phillips
Counsel
W. Brantley Phillips, Jr.
Member
Mary Leigh Pirtle
Associate
Robert K. Platt
Associate
John N. Popham, IV
Counsel
Brianna R. Powell
Associate
Jessica R. Reeves
Associate
Cynthia Y. Reisz
Member
Ryan M. Richards
Associate
Marc A. Rigsby
Associate
Lisa S. Rivera
Member
Brian D. Roark
Member
Molly K. Ruberg
Associate
Lucas B. Salyers
Associate
Taylor M. Sample
Associate
H. Shine Chen Schattgen
Associate
John S. Seehorn
Member
Cynthia N. Sellers
Member
Molly Shasteen
Senior Attorney
D. Mark Sheets
Member
Gina R. Shockley
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
Russell E. Stair
Member
Amanda Elliott Stanley
Counsel
Jonathan D. Stanley
Member
Jamie Gordon Steakley
Associate
Greg Stevens
Senior Counsel
Craig Stewart
Associate
Michael A. Stewart
Member
Marc Tahiry
Attorney
Julia Tamulis
Associate
W. Benjamin Tarpley
Associate
James S. Tate, Jr.
Member
T. Stephen C. Taylor
Member
G. Scott Thomas
Member
Oscar L. Thomas
Counsel
Ryan D. Thomas
Member
Shelley R. Thomas
Member
Bob F. Thompson
Member (retired)
Meredith Mallard Thompson
Counsel
David A. Thornton
Member
Ashley N. Thurman
Associate
Nesrin Garan Tift
Member
Craig R. Turner
Associate
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
Shannon L. Wiley
Associate
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