Matthew C. Jones concentrates his practice in the areas of healthcare and corporate law. His healthcare practice is focused on counseling clients such as hospitals, health systems, physicians, practice groups, pharmaceutical companies and other service providers on various aspects of healthcare transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, the formation of joint ventures, licensure and regulatory issues and tax issues affecting both nonprofit and for-profit entities. Mr. Jones also provides advice to clients on transactional, corporate governance and general contractual matters.
Mr. Jones was named a "Rising Star" in Health Care by Pennsylvania SuperLawyers from 2005 through 2007, and was recognized by Nightingale's Healthcare News as one of the Outstanding Young Healthcare Lawyers of 2004.
Mr. Jones is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Mr. Jones is a 1995 summa cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law and a graduate of Lafayette College (B.S., Chemical Engineering).
Areas of Practice
· Corporate Law
· Healthcare Law
· Represented Reliant Senior Care in its simultaneous acquisition of three long-term care facilities with a total of 467 licensed beds, located in Latrobe, Prospect Park and West Chester, Pennsylvania, and its amendment and restatement of its revolving credit agreement with its lender.
· Represented owner and operator of long-term care facilities in its acquisition of 18 skilled nursing facilities, continuing care retirement communities and personal care homes, and subsequent restructuring of facilities into 18 separate limited liability companies.
· Represented non-profit health system in acquisition of a for-profit hospital and related ancillary businesses, such as diagnostic imaging, sleep lab, home health and physician practices.
· Represented a nonprofit healthcare system in negotiating and documenting an exclusive management services/performance improvement agreement with a large cardiology practice group.
· Represented a nonprofit organization in the simultaneous divestiture of six of its seven skilled-nursing facilities, plus a HUD housing facility and a senior-housing facility, to two separate for-profit purchasers for an aggregate purchase price of $83 million.
· Assisted with the restructuring of two physician-owned specialty hospitals and a physician group practice into a unified health care system.
· Represented a three-hospital nonprofit health system in negotiating and implementing its acquisition of a neighboring nonprofit community hospital and related physician, services and real estate companies.
· Provide ongoing advice to a faculty practice plan associated with a national research university regarding maintaining the legal separation, for liability purposes, between the practice plan entity and the university itself.
· Assisted cardiology practice in the negotiation and formation of an "under arrangement" joint venture with a nonprofit hospital for a diagnostic cath lab and the subsequent restructuring of the arrangement into a management contract following an adverse regulatory development.
· Represented nonprofit healthcare system in negotiating and structuring an affiliation agreement with a nonprofit community health system to create a new nonprofit corporation and develop, own and operate a new general acute-care hospital to replace an existing hospital facility.
· Represented faculty practice plan of major academic medical center in structuring and forming a new outpatient vascular access center, as a joint venture between the practice plan and an individual physician investor.
· Worked with local counsel to advise for-profit 200-physician Midwestern multi-specialty physician group in its acquisition by a non-profit multi-hospital system, on issues such as governance, physician group management structure and physician compensation plan.
· Assisted multispecialty practice group in Arizona in converting from for-profit to not-for-profit status and obtaining recognition of Section 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.
· Represented nonprofit psychiatric hospital in the formation of "whole hospital" joint venture between our client and a publicly held for-profit hospital company. Transaction also involved the creation of a condominium scheme of ownership for psychiatric hospital's real property, the ground lease of certain parcels to the joint venture, and the creation of a charitable "remainder foundation" to further the behavioral health needs of the community that had been served by the nonprofit psychiatric hospital.
· Represented faculty practice plan of major academic medical center in negotiation of a new exclusive affiliation and services contract with another large faculty practice plan.
· Represented nonprofit HMO, owned by group of hospitals and healthsystems, in sale of its 20,000-member Medicare managed care business to a for-profit HMO.
· Counsel to county in Idaho in connection with negotiation of agreement with a nonprofit healthcare system, to consolidate the county's general acute-care hospital into the nonprofit system and construct a new hospital to replace the existing county facility. Representation included assistance in obtaining voter approval of transaction (through referendum), interim lease of existing county hospital to nonprofit system, and creation of a county-controlled charitable "remainder foundation" to serve health needs of county citizens post-closing.
· Represented community hospital located in Western Pennsylvania in the structuring and implementation of a joint venture with a large academic medical center to jointly develop and operate an outpatient oncology center. Project involved a variety of issues including fraud and abuse matters, the use of a "friendly physician" ownership model in accordance with corporate practice of medicine regulations, and ensuring that the joint venture "leased employee" arrangements complied with third-party payor requirements.
· Represented the 700-physician faculty practice plan of a major academic medical center in structuring and negotiating a comprehensive affiliation agreement between the practice plan and the medical center, including agreements for clinical services, teaching and teaching administrative services, medical director services, space rental, research services and employee leasing.
· Represented physician group in the formation of an outpatient radiation oncology center joint venture with a nonprofit hospital and contribution of the nonprofit hospital's inpatient oncology department to joint venture.
· Represented faculty practice plan in negotiation of a master affiliation agreement with the Dubai Health Authority and related agreements for provision of physician credentialing and information technology services by our client.
· Represented nonprofit healthcare system in New York State in the formation of a joint venture between a for-profit company and our client to own, operate and develop outpatient dialysis clinics, and the contribution of existing clinics and businesses to the joint venture, including preparation of and evaluation of responses to RFP.
· Represented nonprofit community hospital in the sale of the hospital and related assets to a for-profit hospital operator. This asset sale included the preparation of and evaluation of responses to an RFP and the creation of a charitable "remainder foundation" to further the health needs of the community that had been served by the nonprofit hospital.
· Represented physician group in the formation of a joint venture with a nonprofit hospital to develop, own and operate an outpatient radiation oncology center.
· Represented nonprofit community hospital in the negotiation of a lease and services agreement between our client and a for-profit rehabilitation hospital for an inpatient rehabilitation facility and a long-term acute-care hospital.
· Represented nonprofit health system in the formation of joint venture between our client and a publicly traded ambulatory surgical center company for the development and operation of outpatient surgery centers with physician investors.
· Represented Colorado nonprofit general acute care hospital in the follow-on offering, to physician investors, of units in a hospital/physician-owned outpatient surgery center, and related amendments to the operating agreement.
· Represented a physician in the formation of a limited partnership to develop, own and operate a 20-bed physician-owned general acute-care hospital and an offering of partnership interests to physician investors. Our work included the negotiation of a construction contract for the building and an opinion letter on CMS specialty hospital moratorium.
· Local regulatory and borrowers' counsel for a New York-based investment fund in connection with the acquisition and financing of assisted-living facilities in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The representation included document review, change-of-ownership and licensure applications, and regulatory and loan agreement opinion letters.
· Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2004-present
- Associate, 1995-2003
· National Starch and Chemical Company, Bridgewater, New Jersey
- Technical Service Representative, Adhesive Division, 1990-1992
· American Health Lawyers Association
Honors and Awards
· AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
· Recognized by Nightingale's Healthcare News as one of the Outstanding Young Healthcare Lawyers of 2004
Civic and Charitable Activities
· Named Volunteer of the Month by Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program, December 2009
Publications and Speaking Engagements
· Co-author, "You Can't Always Get What You Want (In Physician Medical Records Custody Disputes)," The Journal of Medical Practice Management, March/April 2010
· Co-author, "A Series of Unfortunate Events: Is This the End of the Physician/Hospital Joint Venture?" Health Lawyers News, February 2009
· Co-author, "Employed Physicians And Independent Contractors: A Brief Overview," AAP News (a publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics), Spring 2007
Selected Speaking Engagements
· Speaker, "Understanding the Basics of Health Law," Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Fundamentals of Health Law Seminar, November 2013
· Speaker, "Legal Considerations for Virtual Integrated Models," VHA Mid-Atlantic CEO Regional Forum, December 2012
· Co-Presenter, "Fraud and Abuse Primer," Delaware State Bar Association's Health Law 101 Conference, Medical Society of Delaware Conference Center, Newark, Delaware, November 30, 2012
· Co-Presenter, "The Impact of the Federal Healthcare Reform Law on Healthcare Providers," Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Fundamentals of Health Law Seminar, November 2011