The Associate General Counsel (Revenue Cycle) is an employee whose primary responsibility is to assist the Chief Legal Officer in providing legal services for Erlanger Health System and its affiliates (System). Additional responsibilities include working directly with the Systems Patient Financial Services Department (the Client Department) in both the preservation and enforcement of the gamut of the Systems rights as a creditor and providing legal guidance relating to the revenue cycle. Specifically, the position will develop, implement and continually improve upon processes, policies, procedures and protocol relating to the Systems collection of medical claims and debts. The position will further handle a high-volume caseload and provide expert analysis and advice to the Client Department as directed to include, without limitation: (1) the utilization of available legal techniques available for the attachment, enforcement and collection of debts to include the filing of lawsuits, all on the Systems behalf; (2) representing the System in bankruptcy proceedings; and (3) the negotiation of settlement agreements all in a manner to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. The Associate General Counsel (Revenue Cycle) is an experienced legal specialist who demonstrates exceptional legal research, writing and oral communications skills.
Duties further 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 focusing on his/her areas of expertise and as otherwise directed by the Chief Legal Officer and the Client Department. The Associate General Counsel (Revenue Cycle) will further provide superior 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 (Revenue Cycle) will work under the guidance of and will assist the Chief Legal Officer in protecting the System 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 J.D. Degree. High academic achievement with participation in law review and/or moot court is highly desirable.
De-escalation training, if applicable
Required: Five (5) to seven (7) years of experience in debt collection and creditors rights advocacy, with experience overseeing paralegals and/or legal assistants.
Preferred: Experience in providing sophisticated legal representation to not-for-profit corporations and healthcare providers and experience in the areas of real estate and bankruptcy are highly desirable.
Position Requirement(s): License/Certification/Registration:
Required: An active license to practice law in the State of Tennessee. Admission by motion in Georgia will be required within six (6) months.
Department Position Summary:
Provide advice and counsel to Management and the Board as needed, primarily focusing on issues related to the area of primary responsibility for the System.
Provide advice and counsel to Management and the Board on all matters relating to creditors rights, debt collections, and legal issues impacting the revenue cycle.
Represent the System in such matters in courts and tribunals of competent jurisdiction.
Design, develop and direct the implementation of legal policies and projects for the System, including but not limited to developing template agreements/pleadings and designing cross-functional processes to improve efficiency.
Provide counsel for, and direct projects relating to, the System, 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.
Maintain expertise and proficiency in legal principles of healthcare organizations and all 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 System, 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 the Systems goals while maintaining compliance with applicable legal requirements.
|Date Posted||July 30, 2020|
|Date Closes||October 28, 2020|
|Located In||Chattanooga, TN|