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The Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel (CCO & GC) is responsible for (1) the development and execution of the company’s compliance strategy to ensure the company adheres to all applicable legal and ethical regulatory standards and (2) the development and execution of the company’s legal strategy, in support of company’s mission, vision, and business strategy – and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Accordingly, the SVP & GC provides support on wide range of matters impacting the business, including entity governance compliance, general and specific health law and regulatory compliance, corporate practice of medicine, HIPPA / privacy, M&A transactions, physician contracts, provider-payer contracts, and real estate lease agreements, as well as general and specific disputes, claims, and litigation matters that may arise; and manages outside legal counsel, as needed.
The CCO & GC has strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills with exceptional attention to detail, is able to cope with and handle stress and competing priorities, and has strong time management, solid and consistent performance, accuracy, and reliability.
NJ Eye LLC is a private-equity backed, independent, integrated eye care organization with its corporate headquarters in Union, New Jersey. The company has over 250 eye care professionals and business support roles across a growing network of over 17 eye care clinic locations, spanning New Jersey, with plans to affiliate with other eye care practices in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and nationwide.
Role and Responsibilities:
- Lead overall company compliance and general legal support:
- Lead the company’s health law and regulatory compliance program to ensure the company adheres to all applicable legal and ethical regulatory standards
- Lead general business legal support to the company, including the management of outside counsel, as neede
- Develop and implement centralized corporate policies, procedure, compliance programs (including communications, employee training, and guidance documents) to adhere to all applicable legal and ethical regulatory standards
- Maintain documentation of compliance activities and investigations, direct and coordinate internal investigations of compliance issues, reports violations, if any, of compliance standards to the appropriate agencies
- Advise on appropriate actions to take in response to irregularities identified from compliance monitoring, auditing, and investigations
- Manage entity governance compliance, including preparing minutes, resolutions, and other governance documents
- Provide general legal support on all general and specific health law and regulatory compliance matters, including HIPPA and privacy and corporate practice of medicine.
- Support business development with due diligence and other activities related to M&A transactions, dispute resolution, corporate policies and procedures, and administration
- Develop and implement highly efficient processes for drafting, negotiating, executing, and tracking multiple provider-payer contracts and renewals
- Develop and implement highly efficient processes for reviewing, negotiating, executing, tracking, and renewing multiple commercial real estate lease agreements (medical practice office locations).
- Draft, review, and negotiate employment agreements with physicians, physician groups, and other business partners, when needed
- Represent the company in resolving disputes, claims, and general commercial litigation matters, in a manner that is economical and in the best business and ethical interests of the company
- Own the company’s compliance and legal budget, including the budget for outside counsel legal expenses; manage, evaluate, and control costs of outside counsel, as appropriate
- Advise the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and other management executives on general or specific legal matters related to the company, as needed
Experience: 10+ years of experience providing legal, healthcare regulatory, and compliance advice and counsel, in private legal practice and/or corporate in-house legal practice is required.
Education: J.D. from a top law school, accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), is required. Valid current state bar admission in New Jersey and good standing is required.
- Deep and well-rounded knowledge of the corporate compliance function and applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including but not limited to:
- Stark Law (physician self-referral)
- Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and its various state-law equivalents
- Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)
- Medicare claims and payment processing
- Medicaid State Operations Manual
- HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)
- HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009)
- General awareness and understanding of healthcare business matters, including but not limited to:
- Revenue cycle matters (including collection and third-party liability issues
- Medical staff matters (including bylaws, medical staff corrective action, and peer review), and
- Conduct of clinical trials (including data transparency, clinicaltrials.gov, and related federal and state law and regulation)
- Practical experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating physician and physician group employment agreements, provider-payer contracts, and real estate leases for clinic office locations.
- Very strong managerial and leadership skills
- Problem-solving skills to synthesize information from diverse sources, come to conclusions, and make decisions that are rational and based on sound evidence
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills to communicate and foster commitment to best practice that adhere to applicable legal and ethical regulatory standards
- Personal maturity and respect to openly and objectively bring substantial conflicts and disagreements into the open with the intention of resolving issues in an unemotional and constructive manner
- Good organization and facilitation skills necessary to effectively lead the company-wide compliance program and create a vision for change, when needed, and to engage others to implement changed processes to remain or become in compliance with laws and regulations
- Very strong attention to detail to analyzes business, compliance, and legal information, as needed, to drive a shared understanding of how the organization needs to operate now and in the future.
- Ability to translate theory and strategy into actionable plans that can be implemented
- Ability to think and operate at a “strategic level,” but execute on a “tactical level” with the willingness to roll-up sleeves and work with teams in a hands-on capacity, when needed
- Ability to build and maintain relationships at all levels of the organization, in order to build wide support for ideas and plans
- Ability to influence current business partners, potential partners, and other stakeholders, both internally and external to the organization, using various communication techniques.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic organization
- Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of inclusion and diversity
- Ability to legally work in the U.S. and live in or drive to Union, New Jersey
- Willingness to travel for work, when needed (likely 5-10%)
NJ Eye LLC is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are selected solely on the basis of legally permissible job-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.
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