Staff Counsel / General Healthcare

Industry: Misc. Healthcare


5 - 7 years

Posted 333 days ago

What You Will Do:

The University of Maryland Medical System is a 12-hospital system with academic, community and specialty medical services reaching every part of Maryland and beyond. UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, Neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation. UMMS is the fourth largest private employer in the Baltimore metropolitan area and one of the top 20 employers in the state of Maryland. No organization will give you the clinical variety, the support, or the opportunities for professional growth that you’ll enjoy as a member of our team. UMMS is currently seeking a FULL TIME Staff Counsel for our Corporate location.

***Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school, membership in good standing of the bar in at least one state, and 5 years of progressively responsible experience as a practicing health care attorney is REQUIRED***

This position will assist the Senior Vice President and General Counsel in all functions of the Legal Department and will be responsible for providing legal counsel and advice to the corporate officers, managers and employees of the System and its various subsidiaries and affiliates. 

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified. Specific responsibilities may vary based on expertise and specialty of the individual (e.g., regulatory, contracting, transactions).

1. Contract work, including, but not limited to, drafting/reviewing/negotiating health care provider agreements, vendor contracts, licensing agreements, leases, managed care agreements, research contracts, and consulting agreements.

2. Provide advice and direction to managers and employees on operational issues including, but not limited to, quality of care, informed consent, termination of care, continuity of care and regulatory compliance. 

3. Analyze, facilitate, negotiate and draft complex transactions including but not limited to asset purchases, physician referral source arrangements, purchases of practices and recruitment loans. 

4. Regulatory work, including researching and interpreting federal and state laws, regulations, interpretive guidelines, advisory opinions and court cases for corporate and health care issues, including but not limited to fraud and abuse, Stark, anti-kickback. 

5. Develop, review and/or revise corporate policies and procedures.

6. Address credentialing, medical staff, peer review and network provider issues

7. Review, evaluate and render legal determinations concerning internal programs or projects and the implementation of state and federal government and accreditation requirements

8. Review inquiries/complaints from state and federal administrative, regulatory and other governmental or accreditation agencies, perform necessary research of the law and internal practices, coordinate, draft, and negotiate the response and/or reviewing responses to the government agency

9. Perform due diligence related activities in connection with mergers and acquisitions. 

10. Draft and present training programs on legal topics. 

11. Conduct internal investigations. 

Scope of Position 

1. The responsibilities of this position require the individual to research, evaluate, interpret and resolve problems. Further the individual guides and advises corporate officers and managers to ensure they are aware of the legal ramifications of their actions and decisions and advises them as to the proper and controlling legal requirements or precedents.

2. This position impacts corporate programs and established policy through participation as legal advisor on committees developing/implementing policies, programs and projects. 

3. The individual in this position must remain current with legal issues affecting the System and the health care industry. The individual must ensure that, in the event of litigation, the appropriate documents, contracts and agreements are properly prepared and executed and that competent and knowledgeable staff is involved in the process. 

4. The individual acts within corporate policies and guidelines and according to the tenets of behavior of the legal profession.

What You Need to Be Successful:

Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school.

A member in good standing of the bar in at least one state, preferably Maryland.

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience as a practicing health care attorney.
We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.