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Matthew R. Fisher
Associate

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Biography

Matt is an associate with Mirick O'Connell. He is the chair of the firm's Health Law Group and a member of the firm's Business Group. Matt focuses his practice on health law and all areas of corporate transactions.

Matt's health law practice includes advising clients with regulatory, fraud, abuse, and compliance issues. With regard to regulatory matters, Matt advises clients to ensure that contracts, affiliations and coordination agreements and other business arrangements meet both federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements. Matt's regulatory advice focuses on complying with requirements of the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, fraud and abuse regulations, licensing requirements and HIPAA. Matt also advises clients on compliance policies to develop appropriate monitoring and oversight of operations.

Matt is the chair of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section's Business and Transactions Interest Group and a vice-chair of the EMI Planning Committee.  Matt received an ABA presidential appointment to a 3-year term as vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems.

In addition, Matt represents clients in all stages of business transactions, from formation, contract review and preparation, mergers and acquisitions. Matt assists clients of all sizes from small closely held companies to large multinational companies.

Matt has been named a Massachusetts "Super Lawyer" by Boston magazine and Law & Politics every year since 2013.  In 2011 and 2012, Matt was named a Massachusetts "Rising Star" by Boston magazine and Law & Politics.

Matt was selected among the 2014 class of the Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty.

Representative Matters

  • Represented client in merger of healthcare practices, including negotiations of merger agreement and navigation of Health Policy Commission Notice of Material Change process
  • Represented several physicians in sale of medical practices
  • Represented mobile app developers entering healthcare field to understand regulatory requirements, specifically HIPAA privacy and security obligations and limitations
  • Represented client in acquisition of several lithotripsy practices in both equity and asset transactions
  • Assisted numerous clients in developing, implementing and maintaining HIPAA policies and procedures, including responding to Office for Civil Rights investigations.
  • Advised client on formation and structure of concierge medical practice
  • Represented clinic and ambulatory surgery centers in obtaining operational licenses and Determination of Need certificates from the Department of Public Health
  • Analyzed billing practices of clinic to determine whether federal billing guidelines were met and advised on response
  • Advised client on how to report and return potential overpayments received from billings submitted to federal healthcare programs
  • Performed general Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute reviews of policies and agreements for physician practice groups and clinics
  • Advised physician practice group in structuring ownership, inclusion of non-physician owners, and restructuring

Publications/Presentations

  • Matt hosts the online radio show, "Healthcare de Jure" for HealthcareNOW Radio
  • Matt is the editor of Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Blog, "The Pulse"
  • Matt is a regular contributor to the website, "HITECH Answers"
  • Why the Feds are Upping the Ante by Looking at Small Breaches,” Health Data Management, August 24, 2016 (author)
  • “Interoperability for the Common Good,” VITL Summit, October 2016 (presenter)
  • How HIPAA Enables Progress in Healthcare Innovation,” Health Data Management, October 18, 2016 (author)
  • "The Power of Empowering Patients Through Mobile Technology," New England HIMSS Spring Conference, May 2016 (panelist)
  • “The Government is Watching: Update on Fraud and Abuse Issues,” Connecticut Pediatric Medical Association Annual Symposium, April 2016 (presenter)
  • “The Government is Watching: Update on Fraud and Abuse Issues,” Connecticut ENT Society Annual Educational Meeting, April 2016 (presenter)
  • "Structuring Indemnification Provisions in Business Associate Agreements: Allocating and Transferring Risk in Healthcare Contracting," Strafford Publications, February 2016 (panelist)
  • HIPAA Chat, Healthcare NOW Radio, May 2015, August 2015 and February 2016 (guest)
  • "HIMSS16 Social Media Ambassador Matthew Fisher: HIPAA Audits Will Reveal Mass Noncompliance," Healthcare IT News, February 2016
  • "Cybersecurity and Healthcare: A Panel Discussion with Industry Thought Leaders, HITECH Answers Webinar, January 2016 (moderator)
  • "Evolving HIPAA and Privacy Issues for Medical Device Industry," Medical Device Law: Compliance Issues, Best Practices and Trends Conference, October 2015 (panelist)
  • "What's FDA Approval and HIPAA Got to do With It?" VITL Summit, October 2015 (speaker)
  • "Hot Topics in Meaningful Use: The Legal Perspective," VITL Summit, September 2015 (speaker)
  • "ICD-10 Conversion: What Should Providers Be Doing?" Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, September 2015
  • “HIPAA Myths,” Franciscan Hospital for Children, April 2015 (presenter)
  • "Healthcare Compliance in 2015," Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, March 2015 (co-presenter)
  • "It's Midnight, Do You Know Where Your Data Are?: Trends in Security Risks and How to Implement Protections," ABA Health Law Section Emerging Issues in Healthcare Conference, March 2015 (co-presenter)
  • "Structuring Indemnification Provisions in Business Associate Agreements," Strafford Publications, February 2015 (co-presenter)
  • "Meaningful Use:  Attestation, Assignments and Appeals - A Legal Perspective," HITECH Answers Webinar, January 2015 (co-presenter)
  • “HIPAA Myths: How Much Do You Know? Common Myths Debunked & Explained,” The Compliancy Group, September 2014 (presenter)
  • “Marketing Yourself as a Healthcare Attorney,” American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, July 2014 (co-presenter)
  • "HIPAA Myths: How Much Do You Know?," Massachusetts Bar Association Central MA Health Care Conference, April 2014 (speaker)
  • “Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Guest Chair’s Column,” American Bar Association Health eSource, Volume 10, Number 8, April 2014 (author)
  • “Key Reviews from 2014 OIG Work Plan,” American Bar Association Health eSource, Volume 10, Number 8, April 2014 (author)
  • “The Real World: Health Law – An Introduction to the Fundamentals of Health Law,” American Bar Association Health Law Section Emerging Issues Conference, February 2014 (panelist)
  • "What is... Stark Law?," American Bar Association 2014 (contributing author)
  • "HIPAA: An Update - What did the Omnibus Rule Do and Why is Compliance So Important," Mirick O'Connell Health Law Seminar, November 6, 2013 (presenter)
  • "The Business of Healthcare Reform - The Affordable Care Act," Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, October 2, 2013 (presenter)
  • "National Health Care Reform," Loman Educational Services, August 23, 2013 (panelist)
  • "For Providers of Care, Edge Will Got To Swiftest," Worcester Business Journal, August 19, 2013 (author)
  • "Identifying Potential Billing and Coding Issues," Monitor Mondays Webinar, June 10, 2013 (speaker)
  • "Regulators Now Driving Mass. Health Reform," Worcester Business Journal, March 4, 2013 (author)
  • "3 Ways Stark Law Impacts Your Practice," Medical Office Today, March, 2013 (quoted)
  • "Health Costs in Massachusetts are Heading Upward," The Boston Globe, March 2013 (quoted)
  • "So You're a Healthcare Attorney, Now What?: The Practical Realities for New Healthcare Attorneys Taught Through Case Studies on Everyday Scenarios," American Bar Association Health Law Section Emerging Issues Conference, February 2013 (co-presenter)
  • "Guest Chair's Column on Social Media," American Bar Association Health eSource, Volume 9, Number 5, January 2013 (author)
  • "Twitter School," American Health Lawyers Association, October 2012 (presenter)
  • "Tables Being Turned on Auditors, HHS' Inspector General Wants to Investigate Audit Contractors," ModernHealth.com, October 2012 (quoted)
  • "Specifics of Health Care Reform Still Being Worked Out," Southcoast Business Bulletin, October 2012 (quoted)
  • "Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Part V:  Compliance and Transactions,"  American Health Lawyers Association, May 2012 (moderator)
  • "Social Media Bootcamp Webinar Series, Level II, Part III: How to Practice Safe and Ethical Social Networking: Be Careful While Friending, Linking and Tweeting Your Way to Success," American Health Lawyers Association, April 2012 (moderator)
  • "How to Succeed and Impress in a Health Law Summer Internship and Beyond," American Bar Association Health Law Section, April 2012 (presenter)
  • "How Court Ruling on Health Care Might Affect Massachusetts Firms," Worcester Business Journal, April 2012 (author)
  • "HEAT Actions Since the Beginning of FY2012," ABA Health eSource, Volume 8, Number 8, April 2012 (author)
  • "Social Media Bootcamp Webinar Series, Level I, Part II: How to Use Social Media and Social Networking: Focus on Facebook and LinkedIn," American Health Lawyers Association, January 2012 (presenter)
  • "Strategic Planning for Physician Groups," National CPA Health Care Advisors Association, October 2011 (co-presenter)
  • "Primer on Federal Fraud and Abuse Laws for Physicians," Massachusetts Medical Society, October 2011 (co-presenter)
  • "Navigating the Federal Fraud and Abuse Laws: A Primer on the Stark Law and Anti-kickback Statute," Teleconference, ABA Young Lawyers Division Health Law Committee, May 2011, (moderator)
  • "New Health Law Compliance Requirements from the Federal Health Reform Law," American Bar Association Criminal Litigation Journal, Volume 11, Number 1 (2010)
  • "Medical Malpractice 101," Teleconference, ABA Young Lawyers Division Health Law Committee, November 2010, (moderator)
  • "How to Increase a Judgment with Minimal Work: Use Pre-Judgment Interest," Massachusetts Bar Association Young Lawyers Journal, Issue 10, (2010) (author)