Representing health care providers has been a critical mission at Nexsen Pruet for six decades. Matthew Robert’s dedication to continuing that tradition is why firm leadership selected him to Chair the firm’s Health Care Practice Group.
About the Health Care Team
The practice was born in the 1950s when one of the founders of the firm, Julian Nexsen, started providing pro bono legal services to a single hospital in Columbia. Now, Matthew leads teams of health care and other attorneys who represent scores of health care providers and hundreds of physicians.
Matthew recognizes that the rapid expansion of the health care industry combined with an increasingly complex web of rules and regulations can create daunting issues for providers of all sizes. As Health Care Chair, Matthew ensures that legal needs are met in a practical and efficient manner as clients face those challenges, no matter how difficult they may seem.
Matthew has assisted providers in virtually every aspect of the health care business. Typically, his engagements are focused on: Physician/hospital relationships
•Managed care issues
•General compliance matters
•Health care contracts
•Regulation of tax-exempt hospitals
•False claims analysis and defense
•Health care legislation and regulation
He has set up single service agreements, developed integrated physician networks and established other collaborative arrangements between health care providers.
Matthew collaborates with clients to create and implement strategic plan and has extensive experience advising hospital Boards on matters including executive compensation, conflict of interest policies and Board involvement in compliance and quality related issues.
Matthew also works with health care clients on ways to minimize their exposure to the myriad of regulatory requirements found in the health care industry and to create a culture of compliance implemented on a system-wide basis by providers.
Matthew earned his undergraduate degree in International Relations, magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the South Carolina Law Review and of the Order of the Wig and Robe. He is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, and the American Bar Association.
•Best Lawyers in America since 2009
•2010 In All Things Charity Award, Healthy Learners
•Who's Who in Health Care - Charlotte Business Journal
Navigating the Challenges of Physician Board Membership
Due in large part to the increased affiliation between hospitals and physicians, some hospital boards are seeking additional physician representation. Many hospitals have determined that having physician board members is an effective physician-alignment strategy and gives the board a different, but much needed, perspective on clinical issues.
Amendment to the Stark Law Effective January 1
The healthcare reform act, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), has now been passed into law and will affect the lives of Americans in numerous ways. One change impacts the way in which some healthcare entities operate their businesses to comply with the ever changing landscape of the Stark law.
Hospital/Physician Joint Ventures: If You Can't Beat Them, Joint Venture With Them
Matthew Roberts of Nexsen Pruet's Columbia office on the increase in joint ventures between hospitals and physicians. (SCHFMA Palmetto State News, March, 2006)
Tax Exempt Hospitals: How to Survive in a Hostile Environment
Matthew Roberts of the Columbia office authored this article on how many hospitals should be reacting to increased scrutiny of and challenges to their nonprofit status.
Protecting Directors, Officers, Members and Volunteers from Liability
A presentation for Public Charities in South Carolina.
Conflict of Interest Credentialing
This article outlines the increasing need for a new hospital strategy, often referred to as conflict of interest credentialing or a modified version of economic credentialing, and discusses the implementation of this strategy.
Managing Managed Care: Providers Fight Back Against HMOs
Article by Ralph W. Barbier, Esq. and Matthew B. Roberts, Esq. in SC Lawyer Magazine.
Managed Care: Are Physicians and Hospitals Friends or Foes?
A presentation to the North Carolina Healthcare Financial Managers' Association (NCHFMA).
Co-presenter, Future of Hospital Owned Physician Practices, The South Carolina Medical Group Management Association Annual Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC - August 29, 1013
Presenter, Health care policy trends that spine surgeons should be aware of, South Carolina Spine Society Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC - September 28, 2013
Co-presenter, Evaluating Physician Affiliation & Network Integration: A Conversation for Boards & Administration, South Carolina Hospital Association Annual Trustees, Administrator and Physicians (“TAP”) meeting, Hilton Head, SC - September 2012
Co-presenter, Health Care Reform: Implications for the Present & Future, 11th Annual Small & Rural Hospital Conference, Charlotte, NC - November 2011
Co-presenter, Current Trends in Hospital Affiliations, North Carolina Healthcare Financial Managers Association (NCHFMA) Summer Meeting, August 2011
Co-presenter, Current Trends in Hospital Affiliations, Dixon Hughes Goodman Hospital Symposium, May 2011
Co-presenter, The New Role of Hospital Boards in the Face of Increased Compliance Risks, NCHA Trustee Institute, April 2011
Co-presenter, Re-envisioning the Role of Hospital Boards in the Post-Reform Era, Health Care Advisory Board webinar, February 2011
Co-presenter, Governance & Leadership Issues in Today’s Environment, South Carolina Hospital Association's CFO Forum, July 2010
Co-presenter, Anti-trust Issues in the Managed Care World, South Carolina Hospital Association, July 2010
Co-presenter, Board Governance Issues for Tax-Exempt Hospitals, Dixon Hughes Hospital Symposium, May 2010
Co-presenter, Health Care Reform and its Impact on Physicians, First Citizens Bank, May 2010
Stark: Anti-Markup Provisions, National Association of Rural Health Clinics Fall Institute, September 2009
Physician Hospital Affiliation Panel, North Carolina Healthcare Financial Managers Association, August 2009
Stark Update and Anti-Markup Rule, National Association of Rural Health Clinics Summer Institute, June 2009
Stark Law, South Carolina Office of Rural Health, April 2009
Outside Nexsen Pruet
Matthew is an avid photographer and has traveled extensively with his camera in hand. His walls and desk are filled with images from his travels and of his family.
Matthew’s contributions to the Midlands community include years of service as a board member for the Carolina Children's Home and as a board member of Healthy Learners. In recognition of service to child health care service provider, he received the 2010 In All Things Charity Award.
Matthew and his wife have 1 daughter.