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Deputy General Counsel

Posted Feb 06
Full Time

About Sound: Headquartered in Tacoma, WA, Sound Physicians is a physician-founded and led, national, multi-specialty medical group made up of more than 1,000 business colleagues and 4,000 physicians, APPs, CRNAs, and nurses practicing in 400-plus hospitals across 45 states. Founded in 2001, and with specialties in emergency and hospital medicine, critical care, anesthesia, and telemedicine, Sound has a reputation for innovating and leading through an ever-changing healthcare landscape — with patients at the center of the universe.   Sound Physicians offers a competitive benefits package inclusive of the items below, and more:

  • Medical insurance, Dental insurance, and Vision insurance
  • Health care and dependent care flexible spending account
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan with a company match
  • Self-managed PTO Plan
  • Ten company-paid holidays per year

  About the Role:   The Deputy General Counsel (Deputy GC) is the second-in-command of the corporate legal department and is responsible for the administrative or legal affairs of the corporation that are delegated by the overseeing General Counsel. This role requires the ability to provide or assist in providing legal services on a broad range of matters across the organization.   The details: This role is a work-from-home, virtual opportunity.  The Deputy GC may travel 1-4 times a year.   In this role, you will:

  • Assist the head of the corporate legal department with administrative or legal matters, including the planning, organizing and managing of work activities assigned to staff lawyers by the general counsel.
  • Develop or assist in the development of budget recommendations for the organization.
  • Assist in representing or directing representation of the organization in all substantive areas of the law including but not limited to corporate transactions and governance, contracting, regulatory and compliance issues, labor and employment issues, and medical staff issues.
  • Manage outside counsel to represent the organization in important litigation before courts and administrative tribunals, including preparing or reviewing the preparation of briefs and other court and/or arbitration filings, disposition strategies, and resolution.
  • Negotiate, prepare, review, approve and interpret contracts and other legal instruments including but not limited to merger, acquisition, and other corporate transaction documents, asset acquisitions, purchasing, joint ventures, managed care, physician services, licenses, and financing and bond documentation.
  • Interpret and implement applicable state and federal laws, rules and policies. Prepare memoranda and correspondence responding to questions of law and policy.
  • Perform or oversee the performance of legal research necessary to draft and analyze various contracts, policies, and other documents to advise internal clients.
  • Provide counsel on health care laws including those on privacy, government programs, fraud and abuse, physician self-referral and anti-kickback laws, and EMTALA.
  • Provide guidance on billing, coding, and other reimbursement matters for compliance with government and commercial health plan requirements.
  • In collaboration with compliance staff, review and monitor compliance policies and procedures and work closely with compliance to investigate and resolve compliance concerns.
  • Provide counsel on medical staff matters, including bylaws, medical staff corrective actions, and peer review, disciplinary actions of medical staff.
  • Provide counsel for legal aspects of patient care with significant medico-legal dimensions, including informed consent, medical records/privacy issues, and patients’ rights issues.
  • Provide advice and counsel in conflicts of interest and other related compliance issues.
  • Maintain professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest developments in corporate and healthcare law and in other related areas.

  What we are looking for: A successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of a combination of the following values, knowledge, and experience.   Values:

  • Intellectually curious: Demonstrates a genuine interest in learning new things and wants to know the reason “why” behind the way things are done.
  • Resourceful : Proactive willingness to utilize available information and tools to figure things out.
  • Work Ethic: Dedication to getting the job done well and on time regardless of circumstances
  • Trustworthy: Demonstrates a high degree of integrity; keeps confidences; does what they say they will do.
  • Reliable: Consistent in thoughts, actions and outcomes.
  • Decisive: Demonstrates the ability to jump in, making decisions quickly and effectively.
  • Passionate : Demonstrates a genuine enthusiasm for and excitement about the work; gets others excited about work or projects they're involved in and working on.

  Knowledge:

  • Juris Doctorate (JD) Degree; admitted to practice; member of the bar.
  • Exposure to and/or familiarity with the following areas of law: healthcare regulatory, contracts, M&A, state and federal securities, and corporate governance.

  Experience:

  • 6+ years increasingly responsible law firm and in-house experience, preferably in a healthcare environment.
  • Demonstrated negotiating experience.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of contacts, including outside attorneys, senior management, and business associates.
  • Excels at team management with a focus on team development and growth as well as team building.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive situations and confidential information. Position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact, diplomacy, and good judgment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite