DaVita Contracts Counsel,Senior in Denver, Colorado

COMPANY AND LEGAL DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION:

DaVita Medical Group, one of the country's largest operators of medical groups and physician networks, provides integrated care management as an operating division of DaVita Inc., focusing on delivering outstanding health care across a broad range of services. DaVita Medical Group works with its patients to help them live life to the fullest.

Since 1992, DaVita Medical Group has been committed to developing innovative models of health care delivery that improve patients' quality of life while containing health care costs. DaVita Medical Group manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks in California, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, New Mexico, and Washington. We are committed to bringing the benefits of coordinated care to our patients and to taking a leading role in the transformation of the national health care delivery system to assure quality, access, and affordable care for all.

If you're looking to make a difference with a large, well-recognized medical group, DaVita Medical Group may be the employer for you.

JOB SUMMARY:

This position will be part of an outstanding legal team supporting DaVita Medical Group. Reporting to the VP, Associate General Counsel, this individual will provide guidance and strategic counsel to management; draft, review, negotiate, and implement contracts with health plans, health care providers and other health care organizations; and provide pre-litigation dispute advice and counsel. This individual will be required to develop and foster relationships across the organization and provide legal support in a dynamic, fast paced environment.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Law degree with strong academic credentials. The candidate must be, or eligible to be, licensed in good standing to practice law within Colorado.

  • At least five years of health care contracting experience, including with health plans and health care providers.

  • Strong knowledge of relevant laws and regulations impacting health plan and provider contracting.

  • Experience in the health care industry and working with physicians or physician groups. Strong preference for experience contracting with health plans and working with integrated systems.

  • Demonstrated business acumen, including the ability to see the "big picture" as well as the relationship of very detailed and specific legal and business issues.

  • Experience in positively and successfully managing relationships with a high energy, diverse group of stakeholders across highly matrixed organizational lines. A thoughtful, articulate and effective communicator who can distill and articulate the important aspects of contracting issues to a wide audience of participants.

  • High degree of organization and efficiency with demonstrated attention to detail.

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills (including presentations).

  • Demonstrated accountability and keen ability to meet aggressive timeframes.

  • Ability to build credibility quickly and provide strong legal support for complex issues and challenging business opportunities.

  • Understand and be able to translate into “plain English” the legal ramifications of varied legal issues and clearly and succinctly articulate the risks. Provide valuable advice and counsel within the context of the broader business and enterprise level objectives. Help achieve thoughtful, successful and timely results for the business.

  • Strong knowledge of the matters covered below under “Core Job Duties.”

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) required

  • Paralegal Certificate from ABA-accredited program preferred

  • Prior experience in a law firm or in-house legal department is required; 8 – 10 years ideally, but will consider more or less experience depending on other factors

CORE JOB DUTIES:

  • Supporting and working collaboratively with the national and regional contracting teams

  • Providing legal advice on the full spectrum of plan, hospital, and provider contracting issues across the enterprise, with special emphasis on Medicare Advantage and risk contracting

  • Work with clients to proactively identify risks and ensure appropriate risk mitigation strategies are in place.

  • Regularly reviewing and updating best demonstrated practices (“BDPs”) and execution of process improvements to better align and anticipate changing health care reform laws and regulations, including future reimbursement programs.

  • Drafting, reviewing, analyzing, and negotiating health plan and health care provider templates, agreements and memoranda.

  • Conducting research on contracting issues

  • Serving as a subject matter expert in health plan and health care provider disputes from informal dispute resolution through arbitration and litigation.

  • Serving as a subject matter expert, including training the organization on contracting BDPs, new and/or revisions to template agreements, new and/or revisions to reimbursement or other regulatory changes that can or will impact contracts with plans, providers and hospitals.

  • Assisting with development of contract management processes and procedures.

  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESS IN THIS POSITION:

  • Attention to detail and delivery of consistently high-quality work

  • Successfully manage multiple projects, deadlines, and changing priorities

  • Proactive, productive and energetic, with a positive “Get Stuff Done” attitude

  • Initiative and ability to prioritize

  • Demonstrate DaVita’s core values of Service Excellence, Integrity, Team, Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Fulfillment and Fun in everyday performance and actions

  • Integrity and ethical behavior

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT WHEN YOU JOIN OUR “VILLAGE”:

  • A "community first, company second" culture based on core values that really matter

  • Clinical outcomes consistently ranked above the national average

  • Award-winning education and training to help you reach your potential

  • Performance-based rewards based on individual and team contributions

  • A comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance your health, your financial well-being and your future

  • Dedication, above all, to caring for our patients across the nation and around the globe

LOCATION:

  • Position is located in Denver, CO

  • Local candidates preferred