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Staff Counsel - Litigation, Risk & Clinical Affairs

Location: Aurora, CO, United States
Category: Professional/Management
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: 55276
Date Posted: Sep 9, 2022

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Staff Counsel

Litigation, Risk, and Clinical Affairs


This Staff Counsel position will primarily provide legal advice related to litigation, risk and claims management, and regulatory matters including clinical affairs and operations. The staff counsel is responsible for providing high quality and strategic legal advice to UCHealth’s internal clients. They will assist other members on the legal team as assigned by Associate General Counsel and the Chief Legal Officer.


Primary practice areas:

  • Clinical Services and Patient Care
  • Litigation and claims management (commercial claims as well as professional and general liability)
  • Medical Staff (Governance Documents, Professional Review, Investigations, Credentials and Privileging, Scope of Practice)
  • Patient Rights (Informed Consent, Mental Health, Grievances)
  • Regulatory, Accreditation, and Licensure
  • Risk Management, Patient Safety 
  • Subpoenas, Search Warrants, Requests for Information

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assisting attorneys in the legal department on hospital, ambulatory surgery center, and other state and federal regulatory compliance matters; medical staff matters; providing legal counsel to the self-insurance program at UCHealth for professional and general liability matters
  • Identifying and analyzing legal issues, drafting documents, and presenting clear recommendations
  • Maintaining current knowledge regarding existing and new and emerging laws and policy developments impacting UCHealth and its affiliated facilities and medical group
  • Researching of state and federal legislation and administrative and court decisions; investigate legal problems and make recommendation
  • Advising on legal review of corporate documents and communications
  • Conducting state and federal legal research as needed to analyze, synthesize, communicate and memorializes institutional knowledge related to legal concepts for general business use
  • Participating in and offering counsel related to policy creation, updates and approvals
  • Preparing and reviewing various agreements, memoranda, and other legal documents
  • Collaborating with other members of the legal department, risk management departments, and stakeholders throughout the organization
  • Providing other legal support as directed or as circumstances may require to support management and protect UCHealth’s legal interests


Job Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate
  • 4+ years’ experience in relevant areas
  • Preferred: Meaningful experience in two or more of the following:  health care regulatory laws impacting patient care, including but not limited to informed consent, decision making, patient rights; Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and other laws related to public accommodation requirements; state facility licensure; state law related to medical staff and peer review; Medicare Conditions of Participation and Conditions for Coverage; EMTALA; HIPAA; hospital revenue cycle functions; subpoenas; professional and general liability claims; investigations
  • Excellent academic credentials
  • Colorado Bar admission or ability to practice in Colorado
  • Sound judgment
  • Ability to work in a busy and stressful environment
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong creativity, problem analysis and decision-making skills
  • Exercises tact, discretion, sensitivity and maintains confidentiality
  • Detail oriented, highly-organized and the ability to prioritize
  • Standard office equipment and computer applications; MS Office, internet applications etc.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to take on multiple responsibilities while prioritizing competing projects 
The midpoint pay for this position is: $82.31 / hour.  Midpoint is based on approximately 10-15 years of relevant work experience. 

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