Associate General Counsel - Clinical Operations

Memorial Hermann - Houston, TX4.0

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 as the organization’s primary legal counsel for clinical operations, providing specialized expertise, legal advice and counsel in respect to both complex and routine clinical operational matters, and a broad array of operational and strategic decisions. Utilizes specialized knowledge and expertise in healthcare law, including, but not limited to hospital and clinical operations licensing and compliance requirements, medical staff peer review, physician credentialing, nurse peer review, patient rights, Release of Information, HIPAA privacy and security, Business Associate Agreements, EMTALA, and informed consent.. Provides day to day advice and counsel for all aspects of the clinical operations functions within the organization.

Position reports directly to Chief Risk & Legal Operations Officer and has dotted line reporting relationship to Associate General Counsel—Clinical Operations. Supervises legal support staff and less senior legal professionals as required.
Job Description

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Law degree (JD) from an accredited law school. Bachelors in Nursing (BSN) required.

Licenses/Certifications: Licensed by the Texas Supreme Court and 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.

Experience / Knowledge / Skills:
Minimum six (6) years experience in a corporate law department or law firm or comparable work experience considered that demonstrates in depth experience and expertise in relevant aspects of health care law and clinical operations.
Minimum of five (5) years of progressive Clinical experience in hospital setting.
Computer proficiency required.
Strong interpersonal, analytical, organizational, and communication skills.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively to achieve established objectives.
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.

Principle Accountabilities:
Serves as the primary legal counsel, advisor, and subject matter expert to hospital and clinical operations senior executives and line management on both complex and routine clinical operations legal issues.
Responsible for providing daily advice and counsel on a variety of issues, including, but not limited to healthcare, hospital and other facility licensing and compliance requirements, Medical Staff peer review, physician credentialing, nursing peer review, patients’ rights and issues, Release of Information, Informed Consent, EMTALA, Plans of Correction, Texas Medical Board and Texas Board of Nursing reports and responses, and ethical issues.
Negotiates, prepares and reviews certain contracts such as Business Associate Agreements and physician credentialing documents. Prepares or assists with clinical licensing documents, Plans of Correction, Texas Medical Board and Texas Board of Nursing reports and responses.
Accountable for addressing issues that arise related to both civil and criminal subpoenas for documents, people, or specimens. May prepare or assist with preparation of pleadings and discovery in privacy litigation, make court appearances in privacy matters, and address clinical licensing issues and prepare appeals.
Performs legal research and prepares legal memorandum.
Provides oversight of outside counsel engaged for specialized legal services, coordinating and supervising such outsourced services to assure the successful interface between outside counsel and internal personnel necessary for a successful quality and cost efficient outcome.
Participates in the performance and achievement of organizational and departmental goals and initiatives.
Serves as legal advisor to various committees, work groups, and task forces as requested.
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 & General Counsel in preparation of Board reports and performs other duties as assigned.
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.