Apria Healthcare

Assistant General Counsel

Requisition ID
2020-9159
# of Openings
1
Category
Legal/Compliance
Location : Location
US-CA-Lake Forest
Full/Part Time
Full-time

Job Summary

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Apria Healthcare’s mission is to improve the quality of life for our patients at home. We are looking for empathetic, thoughtful and compassionate people, to meet the needs of our patients.   Already an industry leader in healthcare services, we provide home respiratory services and select medical equipment to help our patients sleep better, breathe better, heal faster, and thrive longer.

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Assistant General Counsel is responsible for assisting in execution of Apria’s legal program.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assists in execution of the company's legal program
  • Drafts and negotiates complex agreements and other high-level documents, which may include revenue-producing contracts for national managed care accounts, stock or asset purchase agreements, real estate leases, equipment purchase or technology licensing agreements and other operational documents.
  • Work cross-functionally with managed care sales and management team, Human Resources department, IT department, Revenue Management, regulatory compliance, operations, and other departments to ensure contractual terms are compliant with legal, regulatory, and company policies and risk preferences.
  • Research applicable law and legal developments stemming from contract negotiations and related to managed care, data security, privacy, import/export laws, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, trademark/patent infringement, Sarbanes-Oxley requirements, and employment.
  • Communicate and negotiate with opposing counsel when issues arise related to contract negotiations.
  • Oversees handling of managed care Requests for Proposals and government bids, and matters related to the Apria Pharmacy Network.
  • Oversees all aspects of company branch relocations and closures to ensure proper protocols are followed pursuant to the terms of managed care payor contracts.
  • Provides legal advice and assistance to the field and corporate management healthcare regulatory and other complex legal issues.
  • May assist with the preparation or review of documentation related to financial transactions and corporate governance documents and may conduct or participate in litigation or respond or assist in responding to government and other audits and investigations.
  • Assists in the administration of outside counsel relationships.
  • Conducts presentations or prepares educational materials for corporate and field personnel, including management and sales employees, regarding applicable laws and regulations.
  • Assist with training new managed care sales and management team on processes and protocols related to contract management database program.
  • Reviews marketing materials to ensure compliance with contractual requirements and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Manage and/or perform special assignments and projects as assigned by General Counsel or Vice President Associate General Counsel.
  • Responsible for being aware of proposed and existing legislation and other legal developments affecting the company, and works with Legal Department staff to communicate new legal developments to appropriate company personnel.    
  • Develop policies and protocols for department staff and supervise subordinate staff for development, project direction and production quality and quantity.
  • Responsible for hiring, coaching, performance appraisal and disciplining of subordinate staff.
  • Performs other duties as required.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • May supervise subordinate attorneys, paralegals and administrative staff.

Minimum Required Qualifications

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

Education and/or Experience

  • Four-year college degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • A law degree (Juris Doctor or equivalent) is required.
  • Ten years of related experience is required.

 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Professional Designations

  • 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.
  • Detail-oriented and excellent organizational skills with strong attention to accuracy and follow-up.
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously while maintaining high quality and performance under pressure.
  • Strong research skills.
  • 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 manage direct reports with varying professional backgrounds in a manner that elicits strong performance results and increases efficiency. 
  • Ability to problem solve and provide guidance to direct reports and other internal company clients.

 

Computer Skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft applications and common computer equipment and office hardware.
  • Strong research skills using Lexis or Westlaw
  • Ability to learn and utilize contract management database-type software program

 

Language Skills

  • English (reading, writing, verbal)

 

Mathematical Skills

  • Should possess sufficient mathematical skills to support business oriented legal work.

 

Other Skills

  • Specific experience and skills may be required in the context of specific legal specialties.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written (e-mails/letters/memos) and verbal (telephonic and in-person), are a must.
  • Interpersonal skills are critical – must be internal-Customer oriented, a team player, and able to balance multiple projects and their respective deadlines.
  • 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. Detail oriented and excellent organization skills with strong attention to accuracy and follow-up. Ability to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously while maintaining high quality and performance under pressure. Strong research skills. Ability to work independently as well as 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 manage direct reports with varying professional backgrounds in a manner that elicits strong performance results and increases efficiency.  Ability to problem solve and provide guidance to direct reports and other internal company clients.

 

Education and/or Experience

  • Previous health care or other related experience either at a law firm or corporate environment

 

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.  Employees in this position must be physically able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to assist or enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position, upon request.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed in an office setting with exposure to moderate noise. 

 

TRAVEL

Occasional travel as 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.

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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