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Assistant General Counsel
Leadership | MO-SSM Health Woodfield | Saint Louis, MO | Req #: R62590

Responsibilities:

  • Works collaboratively with the Regional General Counsel - Missouri and Illinois and System Legal Affairs staff to ensure SSM's operations comply with relevant law, ethical business practices, and SSM's mission and values.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations, SSM's Corporate Responsibility Program, SSM's Code of Ethics, and relevant Policies and Procedures to ensure actions are consistent with SSM's mission and values as well as organizational and professional ethical requirements.
  • Performs tasks on major issues as requested by SSM's General Counsel.
  • Performs other duties and tasks as requested by the Regional General Counsel - Missouri and Illinois and Regional/Entity Presidents and Vice Presidents.
  • Oversees and manages legal affairs for the Missouri and Illinois regions and their operating entities, including advising and educating management on legal matters; providing advice and counsel to all regional entities on regulatory, compliance, and other legal matters; and communicating legal issues affecting the operations of the regions, including applicable law and regulatory matters.
  • Understands the legal structure, operating structure, and finance structure of SSM and the Missouri and Illinois regions, analyzes current or planned activities within those structures, and identifies and directly oversees legal work affecting the Missouri and Illinois regions and/or their operating entities.
  • Negotiates arrangements for the provision of legal services by retained outside counsel, including description of the scope of work and fee arrangements, and ensures that the region receives value for its expenditures for legal services by monitoring the work performed by retained outside counsel for quality, efficiency, performance and results.
  • Develops internal policies and procedures for the Missouri and Illinois regions.
  • Provides direct oversight on major regional activities that have legal implications, including collaborations and legal efforts related to mergers and acquisitions.
  • Provide advice on legal issues affecting the Missouri and Illinois region including, but not limited to, risk management, regulatory, compliance, patient safety and quality, provider-based requirements, licensing, billing, corporate governance, litigation, and medical group legal issues.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, SSM Health's Corporate Responsibility Program, SSM Health's Code of Ethics, and SSM Health's relevant policies and procedures to ensure actions and legal advice are consistent with the law, SSM Health's mission and values, and SSM Health's organizational and ethical requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school (health law focus preferred).
  • Must be licensed to practice in Missouri and a member in good standing of the Missouri bar, or eligible to obtain licensure or admission to practice as in-house counsel in Missouri.
  • At least 5 years of experience either in-house and/or at a law firm advising clients in the areas of health care law and regulations.
  • In-depth knowledge of health care and provider operations, health care regulation and compliance, healthcare finance and reimbursement, Fraud and Abuse, False Claims Act, and the accreditation standards.
  • Utmost discretion in maintaining appropriate confidentiality, as well as knowledge of attorney-client privilege.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills as well as interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to manage a significant work load, prioritize projects appropriately, and work independently.
  • Ability to type with speed and accuracy.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and possession of advanced skills in the latest software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Lync and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Ability to adapt to new technology and new processes with minimal explanation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Dual licensure in both Missouri and Illinois desirable.
  • Experience working with non-profit health systems strongly desired.
  • Experience with payer issues and payer contracting desirable.

SSM Health is a nationally recognized Catholic, not-for-profit integrated health system serving Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

To request additional information, confidentially submit your interest, or nominate a fellow colleague, please contact:

Angela Jones

Executive Talent Acquisition

Phone 636-328-3709

Angela.Jones1@ssmhealth.com



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Why SSM Health

At SSM Health, we are driven by a singular Mission: Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God. It's a higher calling that binds us. Here, we work together, system and providers alike, to heal the body, mind and spirit of our patients. We are united by a shared commitment to serve through faith, humanity, compassionate care and exceptional medicine.

Employment Benefits

  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement savings plan
  • CME stipends and time
  • Adoption reimbursement
  • And more!
Why SSM Health
Diversity

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At SSM Health, diversity, equity and inclusion are integral parts of who we are and a reflection of our Mission and values. We believe that workplace diversity is essential to our success. We seek to foster awareness and appreciation of diversity among our patients, employees, physicians, providers, customers and communities.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

Awards & Recognition

SSM Health continues to expand our heritage of healing. We strive to be system-driven by our Mission and a pursuit of continuous improvement. Through this commitment, we’ve established ourselves as a leading integrated health care system in the Midwest — recognized by prestigious regional and national accrediting bodies with awards for performance excellence, quality, technology, safety and patient experience.

Quality of Life

Missouri - Eastern

From the famed Gateway Arch in St. Louis to Kansas City, Missouri is one of the most livable states in the country. The metropolitan area features a large variety of neighborhoods and communities. With an affordable housing market, trendy neighborhoods, and the booming economic landscape this one of the most attractive areas for professionals. Smaller cities like Jefferson City, our capital, and Columbia, home of the University of Missouri, offer vibrant communities buzzing with activity, yet free of the hustle and bustle of larger metropolitan areas.

Missouri

“This past year has further demonstrated the important and influential role that health care systems can and should play in shaping local communities and society at large,” Joe Hodges, Regional President, SSM Health in Oklahoma. “SSM Health is proud to join this pledge and will continue taking bold steps to ensure better health for all – particularly those who are economically, physically and socially marginalized.”

Collectively, SSM Health and the other Catholic health organizations that have signed the pledge employ nearly a half million people across 46 states and the District of Columbia, and care for almost four million patients annually.

Recognizing that racism is an affront to the core values of Catholic social teaching, CHA members joined in solidarity to promote the common good and seek justice by being actively anti-racist and accountable in effecting positive change in the communities we serve.

Four focus areas

Act for COVID-19 equity: Members commit to ensuring that testing for COVID-19 is available and accessible in minority communities and that new treatments are distributed and used equitably as they become available. Members will also work for prioritization of vaccinations for those individuals and families at higher risk — elder populations and communities of color, including Native American communities.

Enact change across our own health systems: Members are examining how their organizations recruit, hire, promote and retain employees; how they conduct business operations, including visible diversity and inclusivity at the decision, leadership and governance levels; and how they incentivize and hold our leaders accountable.

Advocate for improved health outcomes for minority communities and populations: Members agree to promote and improve the delivery of culturally competent care and oppose policies that exacerbate or perpetuate economic and social inequities, including such issues as education, housing and criminal justice reform.

Strengthen trust with minority communities: Members will continue to foster, strengthen and sustain authentic relationships based on mutually agreed goals to better understand the unique needs of their communities.

Kaiser and other Catholic health care leaders who have signed the pledge recognize that collectively they are in a unique position to bring about overdue change to policies and practices that have allowed systemic racism and health disparities to continue in the United States.

To hold itself and its members accountable, CHA intends to provide updates on the commitment progress annually.