Assistant General Counsel-Contracts and Risk Management - West Virginia University Hospital - Martinsburg, WV

Department :

Reports To:
Vice President & General Counsel, West Virginia University Health System
University Healthcare

FLSA Status:
Full Time

Prepared By:
Vice President & General Counsel, WVUHS



Juris Doctorate

Nursing Degree or Bachelors Degree
in an allied health profession desirable

least 3 years of substantial experience in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating
contracts and management in a health care setting

At least 3 years of substantial
experience in hospital based risk management preferred

Certificates, Licenses,

West Virginia Bar membership
or eligibility
West Virginia Nursing license
Certification in Human
Resource Management desirable


Excellent organizational
Excellent interpersonal
Excellent verbal and written
communication skills
Working knowledge of legal
and health care systems, regulatory and legislative matters, and
performance improvement
Ability to communicate and
interact with administration, department heads, medical staff, nursing
staff, and other hospital personnel

Ability to
coordinate defense of medical malpractice claims with litigation counsel

Assistant General Counsel (Contracts and Risk Management) will be part of
WVUHSs Legal Services Department based in Morgantown, West Virginia. However, this positon will be based at
WVUHSs subsidiary, Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. This position will be responsible for contract
management for Berkeley Medical Center; for WVUHSs subsidiary, Jefferson
Medical Center in Ranson, West Virginia; for the
clinical practice plan for the West Virginia University School of Medicine
based in Martinsburg, University Healthcare Physicians; and for other
affiliated organizations as necessary. This
position will create, review, negotiate, and edit contracts and other forms of agreements,
and will provide legal advice and guidance to internal customers regarding
various contracting documents such as professional services agreements, recruiting
agreements, affiliation agreements, leases, facility use agreements, and similar
contracting and documentation of arrangements.
In addition, this position will develop and implement a thorough risk
management system at University Healthcare (predominantly Berkeley Medical
Center and Jefferson Medical Center) in order to ensure and advance patient
safety, minimize the effects of adverse consequences, and promote community
reputation and image as more fully described below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: In addition to the duties described above, some or all of
the following, provided, however,
that other duties may be assigned by the Senior Vice President & General Counsel of WVUHS and the President of

University Healthcare from time to time:
Coordinates all patient related
contracts to maintain compliance with Joint Commission standards

Stays current on trends in the law
and, particularly, fraud and abuse, Stark, compliance, regulatory, and related

Provides day-to-day legal advice
to internal customers regarding contracting matters

Is knowledgeable of legal trends
and standards which regulate health care facilities and patient care and work
to ensure compliance with these standards

Provides advice regarding
compliance with Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, Stark, and tax exemption

Provides advice regarding the
development of policies and procedures

Responds in a timely manner to
requests for advice or information per department policy

Prepares and reviews contracts
and/or agreements with outside agencies or organizations

Coordinates risk management
monitoring and evaluation activities from a variety of sources including Safety
and Patient Advocacy functions

Participates on Compliance
Committee to assist in assuring hospital compliance with state and federal
regulations, providing input regarding risk management issues

Chairs the Hospital Safety

Participates on the Hospital Risk
Management Committee and Occurrence Review Committee

Provides reports to the President
of University Healthcare and the Performance Improvement Committee regarding
risk management findings and areas of opportunity

Assist with performance
improvement team for identified areas of opportunity

Compiles information and trends from
incident reports, providing follow-up and documentation of conclusions from
investigations of incidents

Assists members of the executive
team with sentinel events, root cause analysis, and performance improvement
resulting from sentinel events

Develops in-service programs in
conjunction with hospital personnel regarding risk management issues

Travels as necessary between
WVUHS, hospitals, and other facilities

regard for the dignity, respect, and safety of all patients, family members,
visitors, and personnel as defined in the philosophy of such organizations

Displays a caring and courteous
attitude and represents such organizations in a positive manner to all persons
100% of the time.

Maintains the confidentiality of
patient and department information 100% of the time.

Promotes and contributes
positively to intradepartmental and interdepartmental relationships.

Adheres to
applicable dress codes as observed by supervision.

Adheres to applicable safety
policies and procedures 100% of the time.

proper attendance and punctuality to ensure that such organizations are
operated in an efficient and cost-effective manner

Maintains proper attendance and
reports to work on time in accordance with applicable policies

Provides adequate notice to
supervisory personnel prior to absence or tardiness in accordance with
applicable policies

in meeting the goals and objectives of the department to ensure that the
department contributes to the attainment of such organizations goals and

and contributes positively to the team work of the department

Participates in planning and
implementing change and maintaining and improving productivity through
attendance and participation in staff meetings, task forces, projects and

duties as assigned by the Senior Vice President & General Counsel of WVUHS
and the President of University Healthcare

Diligently and in a responsible
and timely manner pursues and addresses contract and risk management needs of such
organizations as they arise


to established Performance Expectations.


The physical demands described here are representative of
those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential
functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

office work


The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential
functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

General office environment

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