Providence Health & Services Associate Counsel in Lubbock, Texas
Providence is calling an Associate Counsel to our location in Lubbock, TX.
We are seeking an Associate Counsel to be responsible, under the guidance of a Senior Corporate Counsel, for providing general legal services and assigned specific projects for the Providence St. Joseph Health (“PSJH”) ministries in western Texas and eastern New Mexico (collectively “Providence”).
The Associate Counsel provides legal advice, consultation, and analysis and interpretations of federal and state law and policy, and conducts research and analysis to provide recommendations to Providence clients. Responsibilities also include preparing written opinions and guidance for the executive management teams and other internal Providence clients, drafting and reviewing contracts for the organization, with emphasis on physician and vendor agreements, drafting transactional documents, and overseeing and advising on investigations and internal audits conducted by the risk and compliance departments. The Associate Counsel monitors relevant legal issues, including opinions, orders, decisions and developments relating to hospital and physician legal requirements, and other matters of interest, builds internal and external relationships essential to the success of the Providence organization, and strives to carry out the essential position accountabilities in a timely manner in response to client needs. The ability to work in a team setting is essential.
In this position you will have the following responsibilities:
Provides valued, strategic, and practical legal services and solutions to PSJH with exceptional responsiveness and stewardship to all areas of PSJH with a focus on providing practical solutions to complex legal issues.
Under the supervision of a Senior Corporate Counsel, coordinates with DLA colleagues to provide timely and effective legal services and solutions.
Serves as a “point of contact” for PSJH hospital administrative teams to remain knowledgeable about their legal needs and challenges and assure such are met.
Researches and drafts legal opinions for the determination and resolution of complex legal issues under the guidance of a more senior department attorney, and the same with respect to moderately complicated legal issues but generally in a non-supervised context.
Working closely with a more senior department attorney, participates in the supervision and preparation of defense in non-malpractice litigation matters and participates with outside counsel in the development of legal strategy, preparation of pleadings and briefs, and supervision of outside counsel’s work, utilizing DLA’s process to track outside counsel expenditures and report progress to more senior department attorneys.
Monitors relevant legal issues, including opinions, orders, decisions and developments relating to PSJH legal requirements, and other matters of interest, and continually develops expertise in health care specialized areas of federal and state laws (e.g., Stark, Anti-kickback Statute, Medicare reimbursement, privacy laws (including HIPAA), etc.).
Works with outside counsel to defend/manage medical staff hearings and appeals, peer review proceedings and licensing matters, including reporting to state licensing boards and the National Practitioner Data Bank (“NPDB”).
Provides guidance and interacts with PSJH’s fiduciary and Community Ministry Board members.
Working closely with a more senior department attorney, provides informed and factual counsel and guidance on complex legal questions or issues, and performs same functions on a more independent basis with respect to moderately complicated legal matters.
Working with the DLA transactional team, performs legal due diligence and review in connection with transactional matters (acquisitions, financings, etc.).
Maintains an ability to function independently to review and draft routine contracts and prepare documentation for basic transactions; ability to provide legal advice with respect to complex contracts and transactions when working closely with a more senior department attorney.
Participates (generally speaking in a coordinated manner with a more senior department attorney) in providing regular and timely legal information as a continuing educational resource for Providence, including assisting with development of presentations and written summaries regarding regulatory/legal changes affecting such operations/ministries.
Develops understanding for business issues involved in transactional matters; ability to provide feedback to more senior department attorneys and clients on the same.
Prepares, drafts and reviews legal documents, including but not limited to governing documents (e.g., articles, bylaws, etc.) and agreements in compliance with applicable statutes, regulations and policies, and in accordance with relevant legal relationships.
Working closely with a more senior department attorney, provides legal guidance to Providence’s Integrity, Audit and Compliance Services Department and assists with investigations, self-reporting, policy development, and resolution of complaints.
Interacts with co-workers, visitors, and other staff consistent with the values of PSJH.
Required qualifications for this position include:
Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from an accredited law school, or the equivalent.
Admission to Texas State Bar within twelve (12) months of employment date for continued employment.
Must possess highly effective written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work indirectly, collaboratively and effectively with other Providence team members including senior leadership.
Able to manage assignments independently with minimal direct supervision.
Preferred qualifications for this position include:
- 3 years or more of relevant health care legal experience in public or private law firm setting or demonstrated experience governing hospital/health care operations in-house advising a complex health care services organization or system, or academic medical center.
About the department you will serve.
Providence Strategic and Management Services provides a variety of functional and system support services for all eight regions of Providence Health & Services from Alaska to California. We are focused on supporting our Mission by delivering a robust foundation of services and sharing of specialized expertise.
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As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.
Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
Job Category: Non-Clinical Lead/Supervisor/Manager
Req ID: 295880