Matt, a former federal prosecutor, concentrates his practice in the areas of white collar defense, compliance, internal investigations, tax, whistleblower defense and business litigation.
From 2000 to 2010, Matt served an assistant U.S. attorney in the capacity of deputy healthcare fraud coordinator. In this role, he was responsible for the evaluation, investigation and prosecution of all criminal healthcare matters in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. Representative experience included:
•Participated in a variety of parallel proceedings with the civil division of U.S. Attorney's Offices.
•Evaluated allegations against healthcare providers from whistleblowers and referrals from recovery audit contractor (RAC) audits.
In private practice, Matt has represented a variety of individuals and entities in healthcare-related criminal and regulatory matters, including:
•Represented home healthcare provider in criminal investigation by the Missouri Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) regarding allegations of fraudulent billing.
•Represented adult day-care provider in MFCU investigation.
•Represented pharmacist and pharmacy corporation in federal criminal prosecution and related resolution of civil False Claims Act lawsuit.
•Represented a durable medical equipment provider in federal whistleblower matter alleging fraudulent billing practices.
•Represented a variety of individuals and entities in investigations involving Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) diversion.
•Represented physicians before the Missouri Board of Healing Arts.
•Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in a criminal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation regarding quality controls, validation of manufacturing protocols and timeliness and accuracy of field alert submissions.
From 2010-2011, Matt participated in the review, implementation and creation of a comprehensive compliance program for a major U.S.-based medical device manufacturer. This engagement involved:
•Conducting a thorough analysis of the compliance performance and systems.
•Assessing the early detection system and risk assessment tools.
•Utilizing a risk-reduction strategy to achieve industry-leading, sustainable and profitable compliance practices.
•Auditing systems and controls for compliance-related vulnerabilities.
•Assessing the effectiveness of the compliance training program. Monitoring initial changes resulting from recommendations and remediation.
•Assisting the company in beginning to address necessary cultural changes within the organization.
•Developing an internal investigative protocol and developing employee whistleblower best practices.
•Reducing the risk of compliance-related enforcement actions and investigations.
Matt founded Jensen Bartlett & Schelp in 2009 and was senior advisor with the Ashcroft Law Firm before joining Husch Blackwell. He previously served three years active duty and 11 years as a reservist in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps.
Awards and Recognitions
•Missouri Lawyers Weekly, “Up and Coming Lawyer,” 2007
5.21.14 Healthcare Horizons Webinar Series: The Ins and Outs of a Solid Compliance Program: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Webinar
4.02.14 Avoiding Privilege Pitfalls: Barko Calls for Caution
12.12.13 11th Annual Health Law Conference: A Check-Up on the State of the Healthcare Industry
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Seminar Austin, TX
11.19.13 11th Annual Health Law Conference: A Check-Up on the State of the Healthcare Industry
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Seminar Dallas, TX
7.01.13 Sentencing and Restitution Issues in Criminal Tax Fraud Cases, St. Louis Bar Journal
2.01.12 A Roadmap to Federal Criminal Prosecutions, Missouri Bar Association Conference for Solo Practitioners and Small Firms
3.02.11 Rule of Law, Anti-Corruption and Ethics, Defense Institute of International Legal Studies
Speaking Engagement Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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