Contracting and Procurement Attorney / Division Counsel
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. VUMC's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
VUMC is seeking an attorney with a strong background in the purchase and sale of goods and services within the healthcare industry as well as general contracting experience in other areas, including expertise and relevant first-hand experience in contract drafting and negotiation, group purchasing organizations (GPO), anti-trust analysis, and vendor relationships. In addition to contract negotiation and drafting for multiple departments within VUMC, this position will serve as a strategic partner to the VUMC procurement department including in the development, deployment and operation of various service lines under consideration or development. This position will carry the title of Division Counsel and will work directly with VUMC and within the Office of Legal Affairs, reporting to a Managing Counsel and the VUMC General Counsel.
Candidates must possess a minimum of five (5) years' experience representing healthcare organizations or vendors to the healthcare industry. The ideal candidate will have substantial experience working with and advising GPOs or members of a GPO, large procurement departments in a healthcare organization, or purchasing collaboratives. Experience in general contracting for healthcare organizations in other operational areas is a plus. The successful candidate will have a solid understanding of federal and state regulatory schemes impacting such areas in a healthcare and government contracting environment. Relevant experience and demonstrated understanding of fraud, waste and abuse laws, Medicare and Medicaid (TennCare) laws, and related regulations is required. The successful candidate will be a good negotiator with e xcellent oral and written communication skills and will have the ability to work independently within a dynamic and fast paced environment. Excellent client management skills and the ability to prioritize competing demands will be necessary.
Support the procurement activities of a large academic medical center as well as procurement services provided by VUMC to other providers;
Advise clients within VUMC on the relevant regulatory schemes involved in procurement activities and services as well as other areas in which VUMC may contract, including professional services;
Support the development and structural organization of various business lines involving procurement contracting;
Monitor changes in relevant regulatory areas and provide education on those changes to business and operational personnel and compliance and legal affairs teams;
Draft, negotiate and advise on procurement and other general contracts;
Develop and maintain appropriate template agreements to maintain efficiencies in contracting where appropriate;
Provide regulatory support and assistance on contract and transaction matters in which VUMC may engage; and
Provide guidance and assistance to other colleagues in the Office of Legal Affairs in a highly collaborative and team oriented fashion.
VUMC Recent Accomplishments:
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.
Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Middle Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As th...e largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.