Apria Healthcare

Senior Corporate Counsel – Employment/Risk Management

Requisition ID
2020-10540
# of Openings
1
Category
Legal/Compliance
Location : Location
US-CA-Lake Forest
Full/Part Time
Full-time
Compensation
Commensurate with Experience

Job Summary

With over 300 locations across the US, Apria Healthcare’s mission is to improve the quality of life for our 1.8 million patients at home by providing home respiratory services and select medical equipment to help them sleep better, breathe better, heal faster, and thrive longer. Additional information can be found at www.apria.com.

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Senior Corporate Counsel is responsible for executing Apria’s legal program.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assists in execution of the Company's legal program, with special emphasis on employee relations, risk management, and litigation.
  • Drafts, prepares, reviews and revises corporate policies and manuals.
  • Responsible for being aware of proposed and existing legislation affecting the Company and working with others in the legal department to communicate new legal developments to appropriate company personnel.
  • Provides legal advice and assistance to field and corporate management staff on questions involving company legal issues such as FLSA compliance, employee classification, employee relations, risk management, patient/customer relations and billing practices.
  • Prepares training materials and memoranda regarding legal issues affecting the Company and its divisions.
  • Conducts presentations to or prepares educational materials or reports for corporate and field personnel, including management and sales employees, regarding applicable laws and regulations.
  • May conduct or participate in litigation and assist in the administration of outside counsel relationships.
  • Drafts agreements and other documents, which may include settlement agreements, discovery, revenue-producing contracts, professional services agreements, and other operational documents.
  • Conducts investigations of employee claims, and allegations of violations of the information privacy and security provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark law and patient inducement laws.
  • May supervise Corporate Counsel and other staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • May manage all middle management of the department and may be responsible for the performance management, hiring, and discipline of middle management within the department.

Minimum Required Qualifications

Education and/or Experience

  • Four-year college degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • J.D. (or equivalent) degree is required.
  • Five years of related experience is required.

 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Professional Designations

  • A law degree (Juris Doctor or equivalent) and admittance in good standing to a State Bar is required.
  • Must be entitled to practice law in the jurisdiction where employed.

 

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

  • Reliable, motivated and strong work ethic with proactive approach and flexibility.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, effectively communicating sound legal advice coupled with a strong understanding of business needs.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously while maintaining high quality and performance under pressure.
  • Ability to work independently as well as be a member of a project team, be self-motivated, manage high volume of work, prioritize effectively, meet numerous deadlines and repeatedly shift between assignments/projects.
  • Ability to problem solve and provide timely guidance to internal company clients.
  • Detail-oriented with strong attention to accuracy and follow-up.
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to work in a paperless environment.

 

Computer Skills

  • Proficiency with MS Excel and MS Office required.
  • Proficiency with matter management and tracking systems such as CounselLink or Legal Tracker.
  • Legal research skills such as use of LexisNexis or Westlaw.

Language Skills

  • English (reading, writing, verbal)

 

Mathematical Skills

              N/A

 

Other Skills

  • Excellent communication skills, both written (e-mails/letters/memos) and verbal (telephonic and in-person), are a must.
  • Interpersonal and virtual skills are critical – must be internal-customer oriented, a team player, and able to balance multiple projects and their respective deadlines.
  • Tech-savvy and proficient in digital communication such as Ring Central, Microsoft Teams, etc. a plus.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous healthcare or other related experience either at a law firm or corporate environment.
  • Labor and Employment, Litigation and Risk Management experience.
  • Contract drafting and negotiation.

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

This is a stationary position that requires frequent sitting or standing, repetitive wrist motions, grasping, speaking, listening, close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.  It also may require occasional lifting, carrying, walking, climbing, kneeling, bending/stooping, twisting, pulling/pushing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching above the shoulder. This position also may require the occasional lifting of equipment up to 50 lbs.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed in a designated remote location/home office setting that is conducive to a productive work environment. Remote work locations must be able to support any Information Services and/or departmental-specific system requirements to support business needs and must be in clean, professional, and safe condition, free from hazards, and other dangers.

 

TRAVEL

Occasional travel may be required.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

The essential duties and responsibilities, physical requirements, and work environment described above are representative of those typically required for this position but may vary depending on staffing and business needs at specific locations. The inclusion or omission of a specific duty or physical requirement is, therefore, not determinative of whether that function is essential to a specific individual’s position. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to assist or enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

 

 

Join the Apria team for a rewarding opportunity in healthcare!  Competitive pay rates with cash incentives and full benefit packages available, including health, dental, vision, disability and 401(k).

 

Apria Healthcare is committed to hiring veterans and military spouses. 

EEO Statement

As an EOE/AA employer, Apria Healthcare is committed to providing all applicants and employees with equal access to employment opportunities, regardless of sex, race, age, color, national origin, disability, pregnancy, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  Apria Healthcare shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of protected veteran status or disability, and require affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. AA/EOE, M/F/Disability and Vet

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