Matt Curley is co-chair of the Bass, Berry & Sims Healthcare Fraud Task Force and represents clients in connection with internal and governmental investigations and related civil and criminal proceedings, particularly involving matters of fraud and abuse within the healthcare industry. Matt has considerable experience in litigating matters under the False Claims Act (FCA) and in representing clients in actions and investigations brought by government regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and various state agencies. Matt’s clients include a wide array of healthcare providers, including hospitals and health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, hospice providers, and home health providers, among others.
Matt’s perspective is informed by his prior experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, where he served as Civil Chief and coordinated the Office’s civil enforcement efforts in representing the United States and its agencies in healthcare fraud and abuse actions arising under the FCA.
In the latest issue of Chambers USA, Matt was described as “a preeminent expert and formidable advocate with a perfect client touch.” (from Chambers USA 2022). In previous Chambers guides, clients said Matt was “an amazing defense counsel who produces very effective results,” “a ‘go-to’ practitioner for government investigation and fraud matters in the healthcare space” and “a key point of contact for providers facing False Claims Act issues involving areas such as billing and reimbursement.” (from Chambers USA 2017, 2018, 2020) He is also an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he teaches Healthcare Fraud and Abuse. Matt is a contributor and editor of the firm’s annual Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review and the firm’s Inside the False Claims Act Blog and has served as a member of Law 360’s Health Editorial Advisory Board.
American Bar Association
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
Representation of hospice provider in intervened FCA action pending in Eastern District of Tennessee based on allegations that hospice services provided not medically necessary
Representing a multi-state owner and operator of SNFs in connection with DOJ investigation of alleged FCA violations
Representation of The Brattleboro Retreat, an in-patient addiction treatment facility located in Brattleboro, Vermont, in a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit, resulting in the district court granting the Retreat’s motion to dismiss
Representing a consultant to SSNFs in connection with DOJ investigation of alleged FCA violations concerning medical necessity of therapy services
Represented the former owners of a multi-state retail pharmacy chain in connection with a DOJ investigation regarding alleged violations of the FCA resulting from inaccurate reporting of usual and customary pricing of generic drugs
Representation of IASIS Healthcare Corporation and its hospitals in DOJ/HHS-OIG investigation into allegations of Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, and medical necessity of certain medical procedures, resulting in declination of intervention by the government and district court’s dismissal of action and sanctioning of relator’s counsel
Chambers USA — Healthcare: Government Investigations & Fraud (2013-2022)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Health Care Law; Litigation: Health Care (2012-2023)
Nashville Medical News “InCharge Healthcare” (2015-2021)
Benchmark Litigation — Local Litigation Star: Tennessee (2019-2023)
Law360 — Health Editorial Advisory Board (2014)
Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2008-2011)
Vanderbilt Law Review — Managing Editor