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Assistant Counsel (Contracts)

Buffalo, NY
Full Time
Job #: 1307 Exp.: 2 - 5 Years
The Assistant Counsel will work under the supervision of the General Counsel to review, negotiate and draft a wide range of contracts and agreements that support and enable business operations including vendor agreements, software and license agreements, leases, subleases, MOUs, MSAs, NDAs, marketing and consulting agreements, affiliation agreements with healthcare entities, independent contractor and employment related agreements, provider agreements, payor agreements, grants, managed care contracts, asset purchase agreements, research agreements, etc., as well as assist with a broad range of other assigned legal work including but not limited to policy review, legal advice and analysis, health care transactional work, assistance with litigation and administrative claims (EEOC/NYSDHR), and legal research. The Assistant Counsel will interface with management, support staff, and outside counsel as needed.

As part of the essential functions of this role, the Assistant Counsel:
  • Performs contract work and assists with a broad range of other assigned legal matters as described above and as determined by the General Counsel.
  • Provides timely legal guidance to facilitate Evergreen Health objectives and support operations while minimizing potential legal liability and exposure.
  • Engages with internal stakeholders during the contracting process to ensure that agreements adequately address risk management concerns, information security, privacy and other pertinent compliance issues.
  • Assists with the preparation of standard form agreements, centralization of contract management processes and implementation of matter management software.
  • Maintains knowledge of general healthcare laws including fraud and abuse, false claims act, anti-kickback statute, physician self-referral (Stark), and HIPAA privacy and security.
  • Assists in the development and review of internal policies.
  • Ensures legal work is performed in compliance with applicable statutes, regulations and Evergreen Health policies.

Qualified Candidate will have a J.D. degree from an accredited U.S. law school and admitted to practice law in New York State, in good standing. Candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to provide sound, clear and succinct advice and analysis to General Counsel, business units and senior leadership in both verbal and written form. Candidate will be highly self-directed, proactive, organized and detail oriented and exercises excellent business judgement. Must have familiarity with MS Office Software (Outlook, Word, Excel). Candidate will have excellent time management skills, problem solving and organizational skills. Sensitivity toward cultural diversity, people living with HIV/AIDS and lifestyle and addiction issues essential.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education: J.D. degree from an accredited U.S. law school and admitted to practice law in New York State, in good standing.

Preferred experience:
  • 2-5 years of legal experience in a law firm or in-house healthcare or corporate setting
  • Demonstrated expertise in review and negotiation of contracts and exceptional drafting skills
  • Experience with or an understanding of health care law including fraud and abuse laws, HIPAA, data privacy and security, Stark, Anti-Kickback Statute, and False Claims Act
  • Experience with or an understanding of NYS DOH Article 28, NYS OMH Article 31, NYS OASAS Article 32, FQHC, 340(B), and state laws and regulations pertaining to mental health, HIV and substance use

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