Bass, Berry & Sims was recently recognized among leading False Claims Act (FCA) defense firms based on the number of FCA lawsuits in which the firm appeared on behalf of clients during the time period of 2016 through 2020. The third-party report was based on a review of federal court docket entries in FCA lawsuits throughout the country and listed firms based on the number of lawsuits and number of judicial districts in which the firms had appeared.

“We are pleased to be recognized as among the leading defense firms handling False Claims Act litigation,” said Brian Roark, who chairs the firm’s Healthcare Fraud Task Force. “We believe it speaks to the confidence clients have in our False Claims Act and government enforcement practices that we have been engaged to defend healthcare providers and government contractors in significant government investigations and litigation throughout the country.”

Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law in March 2010, there has been a significant proliferation of FCA litigation, particularly involving healthcare providers. During that time, Bass, Berry & Sims has represented clients in more than 50 FCA investigations and related FCA lawsuits in judicial districts across more than 25 states. These cases have resulted in some of the leading FCA appellate decisions, including key decisions by the U.S. Courts of Appeal in the Fourth, Sixth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, and numerous district court opinions throughout the country in which the firm has successfully convinced district courts to dismiss FCA lawsuits against firm clients.

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The lawyers at Bass, Berry & Sims send our condolences to the family and friends of Jack Boese.  We are grateful for his towering contributions to the development of FCA jurisprudence.  We will miss his smile and larger-than-life personality which never left anyone in doubt as to Jack’s views on any subject.

After years of investigation and litigation, and on the eve of a highly anticipated trial, the government abandoned its FCA case against ManorCare, the nation’s second-largest operator of skilled nursing homes and assisted living centers.  In a joint motion filed on November 8, 2017, the government announced that it would move for dismissal with prejudice of U.S. ex rel. Ribik v. HCR ManorCare Inc., No. 1:09-cv-00013 (E.D. Va.).  The move marks an unexpected victory for ManorCare and a significant defeat for the government, which was seeking to recover over $500 million in damages and fines in the case.

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Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to provide its annual Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review, which highlights significant enforcement trends and legal developments, discusses recent cases and settlements affecting the healthcare industry, and provides an outlook on what lies ahead in 2015.

During the previous year, Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys have represented virtually