Associate General Counsel
Erlanger Health System - Chattanooga, TN

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Job Summary:
The Associate General Counsel is a director-level employee whose primary responsibility is to assist the Chief Legal Officer in providing legal services for Erlanger Health System and its affiliates. The Associate General Counsel is an experienced legal specialist with particular expertise in one or more areas of law directly relevant to the operations of Erlanger, including but not limited to employment law, regulatory/compliance, health system transactions, managed care, general contracting, resolution management, medical staff and credentialing, and physician relations. Duties include legal guidance, document preparation, and strategic support for both Management and the Board of Trustees related to the design, development and implementation of systems and projects; provide legal guidance in an effort to assure that actions proposed by Management and the Board are consistent with sound legal theory and practice, compatible with the Hospital Authority Act, in accord with Board policy, not in violation of any local, state, or federal law, defensible, and congruous with acting for the public good. The Associate General Counsel will work under the guidance of and will assist the Chief Legal officer in protecting Erlanger Health System and its affiliates against legal risk and assuring compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and orders of courts of competent jurisdiction.

Required: Graduate from an accredited law school with a LL.B or J.D. Degree. High academic achievement with participation in law review and/or moot court is highly desirable.

Preferred: N/A

Required: Seven (7) to ten (10) years relevant legal experience.

Preferred: Experience in providing legal representation to not-for-profit corporations and healthcare providers is highly desirable. Familiarity with an electronic contract review process, such as Meditract.

Position Requirement(s): License/Certification/Registration:
Required: A license to practice law in Tennessee.

Department Position Summary:
Provide advice and counsel to Management and the Board as needed, primarily focusing on issues related to regulatory/compliance matters, strategic planning and policy development for the health system and its affiliates.
Provide advice and counsel to Management and the Board on legal and regulatory matters.
Design, develop and direct the implementation of legal policies and projects for the health system and its affiliates, including but not limited to developing template agreements and designing cross-functional processes to improve efficiency.
Provide counsel for, and direct projects relating to, the health system and its affiliates, including but not limited to conducting legal and risk analysis, managing correspondence, coordinating the use of internal and external resources and personnel, and supervising negotiations.
Provide education to Management and the Board on legal issues as needed.
Mange and work with outside counsel in areas as assigned by Chief Legal Officer.
Maintain a high level of working knowledge of legal principles of healthcare organizations, including anti-kickback and self-referral laws and regulations, EMTALA, HIPAA, laws related to physician engagement, and requirements of federal and state health programs.
Pursue continuing legal education and professional development opportunities that will build upon existing healthcare law expertise, promote the development of new spheres of knowledge and provide added value for the health system and its affiliates.
Assist Chief Legal Officer in supporting the Board.
Strive to improve internal legal systems and processes.
Follow procedures to assure compliance with Authority policies.
Assist the Chief Legal Officer in providing effective and efficient organization of the legal function for the health system and its affiliates, with a strong emphasis on quality results (output) and expense control/reduction (operational, claim defense and claim awards).
Draft legal opinions when requested that identify options to accomplish health system goals while maintaining compliance with applicable legal requirements.

Mission: To improve the health of people we touch
Vision: To be recognized locally, regionally and nationally as a premier health system

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: We will fulfill the mission and vision by adhering to the Standards of R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

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