Staff Counsel / General Healthcare / UMMS

University of Maryland Medical System - Baltimore, MD3.9

What You Will Do:
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a 14-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

THREE (3) YEARS of progressively responsible experience as a practicing HEALTH CARE ATTORNEY

Membership in GOOD STANDING of the bar in at least ONE state

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 describes the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals in this position. It is not an exhaustive list of job duties and responsibilities performed by personnel so classified. Specific responsibilities may vary based on expertise and experience of the individual.

1. Provide transactional support for healthcare deals; evaluate and assist in developing transaction structures; analyze possible compliance issues; analyze, facilitate, negotiate and draft transaction documents for, including but not limited to, asset purchases, physician referral source arrangements, purchases of practices, leases of employees, corporate governance, recruitment loans and leases of real property.

2. Draft/review/negotiate a broad spectrum of contracts and related documents, including, but not limited to vendor agreements, licensing agreements, leases, agreements for goods and services, consulting agreements and non-disclosure agreements.

3. Analyze operational issues and provide advice and direction concerning regulatory compliance.

4. Regulatory work, including researching, interpreting and providing legal advice regarding federal and state laws, regulations, interpretive guidelines, advisory opinions and court cases related to corporate and health care issues, including but not limited to fraud and abuse, Stark, anti-kickback, HIPAA, confidentiality, and State and federal reimbursement.

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

6. Review, evaluate and provide legal advice concerning internal programs and projects related to accreditation requirements.

7. Review and provide legal direction related to inquiries/complaints from state and federal administrative, regulatory and other governmental or accreditation agencies, perform necessary research of applicable law and internal practices, assist, draft and/or review responses to the government agency

8. Perform due diligence related activities in connection with mergers, acquisitions and other transactions.

9. Draft and present training programs on relevant legal healthcare topics.

10. Conduct, direct and/or assist in internal investigations.

11. Other duties as assigned.

Scope of Position

1. The responsibilities of this position require the individual to evaluate, interpret and provide legal advice in the resolution of problems, including advising business owners of possible legal risks of proposed actions and developing compliant solutions.

2. The individual in this position must possess a working knowledge of current legal issues affecting the System and the health care industry.

3. The individual must comply with System policies and procedures and applicable state and federal laws.

Employee Benefits

As a University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) employee, you will enjoy a comprehensive benefits program designed with you and your dependents in mind. Subject to any eligibility waiting period, all of the benefits are available to regular full-time employees and most benefits are available to regular part-time employees who are regularly scheduled to work twenty (20) or more hours per week. Many benefits are provided at no cost to employees. For others, the cost is shared between UMMS and employees.

What You Need to Be Successful:
1. Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school required.

2. Must be licensed to practice law in at least one state, preferably Maryland.

3. A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible and relevant legal experience as a practicing health care attorney required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Current knowledge of health care-related statutes and regulations, interpretations, court cases and regulatory and other governmental analysis, including but not limited to, HIPAA Privacy and Security compliance, medical legal issues, State of Maryland and federal reimbursements for hospitals, Medicare, Medicaid, The Joint Commission, Stark, Fraud and Abuse/anti-kickback prohibitions, tax-exemption and applicable state laws relating to the delivery of health care.

2. Exceptional organizational skills, including the ability to manage diverse assignments and projects, exercise sound judgment and decision-making in prioritization of multiple deadlines

3. Ability to clearly and succinctly explain and advise about legal requirements and risks in specific contexts and develop compliant solutions while addressing operational objectives.

4. Dynamic self-starter with strong negotiating skills and highly effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to interact and communicate effectively with others at all levels of the organization, governmental agencies and others external and internal to the System.

5. Ability to work independently and on a team and work on multiple, simultaneous assignments and meet deadlines.

6. Strong problem solving and consensus building skills to align parties around recommendations within the confines of the law that enable the organization to meet targeted business objectives.

7. Possess solid experience in reviewing, drafting and negotiating a broad array of contracts and documents related to physician/referral source agreements, leasing of property, physician employment and services, software licenses, procurement of goods and services and business transactions; reviewing and analyzing regulatory compliance issues in connection with such arrangements under the federal and state fraud and abuse laws; provide support for effective contractual arrangements; evaluating and assisting in the evaluation of transaction structures; and preparing regulatory filings and documents in connection with health care transactions.

8. Strong legal research, contract drafting/negotiation and analytical skills, ability to provide appropriate, effective, efficient and timely legal advice and services, multi-task and prioritize workload and work independently.

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.