Deputy General Counsel
Deputy General Counsel principally responsible for supporting Steward Medical Group (SMG), Steward’s employed physician group with more than 450 practices spanning 11 states; providing and managing legal advice and counsel to SMG in all areas of law, including employment matters, restrictive covenants, contracts, corporate reorganizations, litigation and dispute resolution, managed care and reimbursements, and compliance with state and federal healthcare laws and regulations; strategic partner to SMG’s Executive Leadership Team, physician leaders, operations leaders, practice directors, administrators, and individual physicians, with regular briefing to General Counsel and other corporate executives.
Deputy General Counsel principally responsible for supporting Steward’s captive insurer, Tailored Risk Assurance Company (TRACO), and the strategic planning and management of the nationwide medical malpractice litigation and dispute resolution efforts; coordinating response efforts to licensing board complaints and inquiries for insured physicians and other providers; working closely and collaborating with the General Counsel to evaluate cases, control legal spending, and select and manage outside defense firms; routinely collaborating with outside counsel, risk managers, hospital administrators, executive leaders, and TRACO managers to address operational concerns, minimize legal exposure, and offer strategic guidance on all facets of ongoing malpractice litigation, with regular briefing to General Counsel and other executive leaders.
Deputy General Counsel responsible for managing extensive portfolio of complex business litigation and high-profile corporate initiatives, as assigned by the General Counsel; working strategically with outside firms, internal legal team, business leaders, and the General Counsel to further business objectives and corporate priorities, while minimizing costs and legal exposure.
This is an exceptional opportunity to join a growing organization that is in the process of building out their legal team! Very strong compensation and benefits offered.
- Assists the General Counsel with legal matters, including planning, organizing and managing projects assigned to lawyers.
- Provides legal advice in support of the strategic direction of the organization in the following areas: state and federal regulatory matters; physician contracting including acquisitions, independent contractor relationships, PSAs, and clinically integrated networks; day to day legal advice on Stark, the anti-kickback statute, and fraud and abuse laws.
- Provide expert advice to executive leadership on complex legal matters including insurance, risk management and corporate governance issues.
- Provides legal advice and support to divisional presidents and hospital management in connection with the operation of hospitals, FSEDs, hospital satellites, ASCs and other health care regulated entities owned or operated by the system.
- Manages outside counsel in transactional matters.
- Serving as counsel, along with the General Counsel and/or any retained outside legal counsel, in the litigation or arbitration of legal disputes.
- Develops or assists in the development of budget recommendations and manages outside counsel and vendor costs.
- Provides regular updates to General Counsel regarding system issues as well as recommendations for the development of legal methods and means of accomplishing desired results.
- Participates in the development of new organizational policies, procedures and programs.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
Must exhibit the following core competencies:
Must possess the following personal qualities:
- Be self-directed
- Be flexible and committed to the team concept
- Demonstrate teamwork, initiative and willingness to learn
- Be open to new learning experiences
- Must possess strong initiative as well as excellent management, team-work, delegation and problem-solving abilities.
- Accepts and respects diversity without judgment
- Education: Juris Doctorate
- Candidate must have 8+ years of healthcare experience, along with regulatory and compliance expertise. Mandatory familiarity with Stark and Anti-Kickback Statutes, state and federal healthcare regulations, HIPAA and other privacy laws, billing and coding compliance and related regulations, Medicare and Medicaid issues and government investigations.
- The ideal candidate should have a strong background in health care, health care litigation, and/or complex business litigation; superior writing, communication, and client relations skills; strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships across business functions and with senior business leaders and other colleagues at all levels of the organization; an ability to prioritize and resolve issues quickly and independently with fast, pragmatic recommendations; and an ability to thrive in a dynamic and high-energy environment.
- The ideal candidate will be able to work with minimal supervision.
- Attorneys coming from either a law firm or an in-house environment will be considered.
- Preference for local candidates, but relocation candidates will also be considered.
- Certification/Licensure: Member in good standing of the Texas Bar, or the ability to waive into the Bar of the State of Texas
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal ability to furnish information. 41 CFR 630-1.35.