Associate General Counsel

Memorial Hermann Health System
Published
November 2, 2020
Location
Houston, TX
Category
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Description

At Memorial Hermann, we're about creating exceptional experiences for both our patients and our employees. Our goal is to provide opportunities for our diverse employee population that develop and grow careers in a team-oriented environment focused on patient care.

Every employee, at every level, begins their journey at Memorial Hermann learning about the history of the organization and its established culture built on trust and integrity. Our employees drive this culture, and we want you to be a part of it.

Job Summary

This position serves the organization as legal counsel in one or more of the following areas: labor and employment, IT, insurance and regulatory affairs, clinical operations, and business affairs. Provide substantive legal advice and counsel to internal clients, in respect to a broad array of both complex and routine organizational legal issues. This position will routinely provide advice and counsel to System leaders on both operational and strategic decisions impacting the organization's success.

In addition to the regular duties outlined in the Associate General Counsel job description, this position will provide specialized expertise, legal advice and counsel in respect to both complex and routine transactions, negotiations, and a broad range of operational and strategic decisions. This position also utilizes specialized knowledge and expertise in fraud and abuse laws and other relevant legal and regulatory compliance requirements in the performance of a broad array of physician related activities in support and furtherance of the organizations business objectives.

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Juris Doctorate (JD) law degree from an accredited law school required

Licenses/Certifications: Licensed by the Texas Supreme Courtand admitted to the State Bar of Texas,or licensed in another U.S. state with the ability to apply for admission to the State Bar of Texas

Extensive experience with transactions involving physicians and health systems such as employment agreements, professional services agreements, medical director agreements, physician recruitment, practice acquisitions Extensive experience with all aspects of fraud and abuse laws including Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act and other legal and regulatory compliance issues implicated in relationships between physicians and other health care providers. Experience with transactions and regulations involving clinically integrated networks, accountable care organizations (MSSP and commercial), and population health initiatives. Experience with academic medical centers and managed care contracting is a strong plus.

Experience / Knowledge / Skills:

  • Minimum ten (10) years experience in a corporate law departmentor equivalent in-house legal role, or law firm experience, preferably with some healthcare experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively to achieve established goals and exercise independent judgment with minimal supervision or oversight
  • Computer proficiency
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, organizational, and communication skills. Incumbent must interact daily with system and hospital senior executives, middle management, retained outside counsel, Medical Staff leaders, and community members
  • Demonstrates commitment to the Partners-in-Caring process by integrating our culture in all internal and external customer interactions; delivers on our brand promise of "we advance health" through innovation, accountability, empowerment, collaboration, compassion and results while ensuring one Memorial Hermann.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Serves as in-house counsel supporting the organization's various physician business entities including Memorial Hermann Medical Group (MHMG), Memorial Hermann Physician Network (MHMD), MHS Physicians of Texas, Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization and Memorial Hermann Hospital Based Physician Group.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert and key resource for analyzing and providing counsel and guidance to assure all arrangements with potential referral sources comply with Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and all other applicable laws and regulations.
  • Serves as in-house counsel to the organization's leaders and the organization's diverse business entities.
  • Serves as the organization's subject matter expert and key resource for researching, analyzing and providing counsel and guidance to assure the organization's compliance with all laws and regulatory requirements in a complex and diverse healthcare environment.
  • Partners with operations leaders in support of strategic objectives in regard to legal matters encompassing a complex array of business entities including but not limited to hospitals, outpatient clinics, physician organizations, health plan, joint ventures, and community based care entities.
  • Responsible for providing advice and guidance for the development the organization's policies.
  • Serves as legal advisor to various committees, task forces or project teams as requested.
  • Responsible for proactively identifying and evaluating the impact to the organization of changes in the law and guiding the organization's actions in support of such legal changes and in furtherance of the organization's values and business objectives.
  • May be required to make court appearances, participate in mediations, manage internal dispute resolution processes and forums, conduct investigations, respond to EEO, ADA, Wage & Hour and similar matters as well as external administrative hearings.
  • Exercises independent judgment in identifying legal assignments which require specialized legal services and refers such assignments to the appropriate outside attorney, coordinating and supervising such outsourced services and assuring the successful interface between outside counsel and internal personnel necessary for a successful quality and cost efficient outcome.
  • Performs legal research and prepares legal memorandum.
  • Designs and delivers training as needed for management.
  • Works collaboratively with Legal Services colleagues, Risk Management, Insurance Services, Compliance, Finance, Human Resources, Clinical Operations, and other key functional areas to align efforts, improve decision-making, reduce risks and improve quality outcomes.
  • Assists the Chief Legal Officer and the VP, Deputy General Counsel in preparation of Board reports and with other duties as assigned.
  • Ensures safe care to patients, staff and visitors; adheres to all Memorial Hermann policies, procedures, and standards within budgetary specifications including time management, supply management, productivity and quality of service.
  • Promotes individual professional growth and development by meeting requirements for mandatory/continuing education and skills competency; supports department-based goals which contribute to the success of the organization; serves as preceptor, mentor and resource to less experienced staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.
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