Job Summary: The Associate Chief Legal Officer – Litigation Services (ACLO-LS) provides primary support, for Litigation Services, to the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer (“CLO”) for the provision of all litigation services to all corporations within Geisinger as well as operational and fiscal management of the Division of Legal Services, with an additional focus on the System litigation, risk management, Professional Liability, General Liability insurance, claims, Actuarial functions and Human Resources. Major duties and responsibilities include:
Oversight and mentoring of Litigation Counsel and paralegals
In conjunction with the CLO, annual Department and Staff evaluations for Litigation Counsel
Development, planning and effective management of the litigation budget
Developing and implementing innovative programs to minimize medical malpractice risk and optimizing defense of cases when external counsel are used
Oversight of all internal and external litigation activities
Assignment of issues to Litigation Counsel as needed
Evaluation of litigation performance and quality review through the development and use of client surveys
Overall responsibility for oversight and evaluation of all outside litigation law firms' performance and System interactions; including determination of firms to be used and evaluation of performance with recommendations to CLO
Overall responsibility for ongoing evaluation and management of catastrophic case management, as well as development of other litigation counsel within the Department who are capable of handling this level of case through to completion
Responsibility for monitoring of all general liability matters in conjunction with the Associate Vice President Corporate Insurance
Overall supervision of employment/discrimination, advice, administrative activities, litigation and claim resolution by in house and external counsel
Overall supervision of PHRC/EEOC regulatory investigation and documentary support
Support for the insurance program, including direct and ongoing working relationship with VP Corporate Insurance, the insurance brokers and direct interaction with all commercial insurers
Primary legal support, for the System Corporate Risk Committee, Professional Liability Claims Review Committee and the Medical Affairs Committee Professional Liability Subcommittee
Provides secondary support for Department of Health surveys and investigations
Provides secondary Legal Services support for providers involved in the Bureau of Occupational and Professional Affairs investigations
Provides patient and health law issue resolution, including end of life, advanced directives, care management, policy and procedure development, documentation and clinical-legal questions, peer review, additional litigation and security risk education, as needed
Provides secondary support for issues regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and/or Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act Medical Records and Procedure Committee Counsel (Release of Information Committee, Electronic Health Records Committee, Risk, Reimbursement and Regulatory Committee (R-3)
Provides legal support for Electronic Medical Record Committee
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor's degree and Law Degree with active Pa. law license.
15 years or more of legal experience with related experience in a healthcare organization or exposure to healthcare issues, including but not limited to, professional malpractice and employment litigation and negotiation, management of law firms and budgeting. Knowledge of the principles of management sufficient to direct professional staff. Knowledge of governmental and healthcare laws, regulations and reporting requirements.
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