Job Description

Associate General Counsel

  • 513531
  • PHOENIX
  • REMOTE OPTIONS
  • AHCCCS
  • Full-time

AHCCCS

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
Accountability, Community, Innovation, Leadership, Passion, Quality, Respect, Courage, Teamwork

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid agency, is driven by its mission to deliver comprehensive, cost-effective health care to Arizonans in need. AHCCCS is a nationally acclaimed model among Medicaid programs and a recipient of multiple awards for excellence in workplace effectiveness and flexibility.

AHCCCS employees are passionate about their work, committed to high performance, and dedicated to serving the citizens of Arizona. Among government agencies, AHCCCS is recognized for high employee engagement and satisfaction, supportive leadership, and flexible work environments, including remote work opportunities. With career paths for seasoned professionals in a variety of fields, entry-level positions, and internship opportunities, AHCCCS offers meaningful career opportunities in a competitive industry.

Come join our dynamic and dedicated team.

Associate General Counsel

Office of The General Counsel

Job Location:

Address:  801 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Posting Details:

1st review of resumes will be on 11/22/2022

Salary: $70,000-$82,500 

Grade: 01

This position is eligible for part-time/full-time remote work (including virtual office arrangement). Must reside in the State of Arizona.  

Job Summary:

Are you ready for mission driven work with direct client interaction? Distinguish yourself in the field of Healthcare Law while positively impacting the lives of the over 2 million Arizona AHCCCS members we serve. Work directly with service minded leaders of all levels with our Nationally recognized team focused on healthcare innovation. Join us, work collectively as a team, and gain valuable experience.

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team as an Associate General Counsel. This position works collaboratively to provide legal counsel and representation to clients within the Agency. This includes the AHCCCS Director, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, and other leadership and staff throughout the Agency. AHCCCS is the State agency responsible for the administration of physical and behavioral health care services (Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and State physical and behavioral health services) delivered through more than 104,000 health care providers to more than 2 million Arizonans. Attorneys employed by AHCCCS are required to provide legal services and advice related to the complex state and federal laws, sub-regulatory guidance, and other governing legal authorities as well as provide legal services and advice relating to the broad spectrum of legal issues affecting the operation of AHCCCS and its guidance and administration of its programs. This position has the potential to work from home in a Virtual Office (VO) setting or may Telecommute based on the needs of the unit and at the discretion of leadership.

Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Performing legal research, providing legal advice, and preparing related legal documents regarding compliance with state and federal law and other relevant legal authorities regarding the administration of AHCCCS' programs. This includes the public behavioral health delivery system, protection of the rights of persons with the serious mental illness designation, claiming of federal financial participation (FFP), managed care contracting, healthcare provider qualification and enrollment, provider reimbursement, beneficiary program eligibility, the scope of covered physical and behavioral health services, third party liability and coordination of benefits, and the administrative hearing process for applicants, beneficiaries, providers and contractors.
  • Reviewing and analyzing current and proposed state and federal statutes and regulations, state and federal legislative proposals, sub-regulatory guidance, and case law applicable to the AHCCCS program.
  • Ensuring compliance with state and federal privacy and confidentiality requirements and responding to public records requests and subpoenas consistent with those state and federal privacy and confidentiality requirements.
  • Assisting with the Office of Inspector General and other State/Federal law enforcement entities on issues of Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • Participating in the negotiation, preparation, and review of diverse contracts, including many of the largest procurements in the State. These include managed care contracts for physical, behavioral, and long-term care services, and intergovernmental agreements including complex intergovernmental fund transfers; ensuring compliance with procurement requirements; interpreting contracts and advising in contract disputes including procurement protests.
  • Assisting with the drafting and negotiation of the Medicaid State Plan and the Section 1115 Waiver documents; providing legal representation to the Agency in various administrative and regulatory matters and providing legal support to staff that represent the agency at administrative hearings; assisting with the drafting of formal administrative rules consistent with program requirements, Agency objectives, and the Arizona Administrative Procedure Act.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
  • Knowledge of or willing to learn the administrative hearing and rule-making process; legal research methods and principles and their application; legal aspects of health care; managed care programs; entitlement programs including the Title XIX and Title XXI Programs, grant programs and funding.
  • Knowledge of or willing to learn Arizona law regarding public records and relevant to rule making; federal and state laws and regulations, AHCCCS programs, policies and procedures; Administrative law, contract law and tort law; relevant court decisions, rules of evidence and court rules.
  • Knowledge of and experience in resolving issues involving the application of State and Federal law as it relates to the treatment of trusts in determining eligibility for AHCCCS and Title XIX programs; HIPAA privacy laws and regulations; Part 2Privacy provisions (42 CFR Part 2); Substantive and procedural due process.
  • Ability to read and comprehend complex State and Federal laws and regulations and other requirements; prepare complex legal documents including pleadings, motions, discovery, affidavits or declarations; research, extract and utilize relevant information and apply them to complex facts from complex problems, cases and assignments; identify and perform analysis/synthesis of complex issues and present recommendations and reports; present cases and persuade administrative and judicial decision-makers through various stages of legal representation.
  • Strong legal project management and facilitation skills, including project development, organization, and prioritization; ability to work effectively and professionally with AHCCCS, other state agency personnel and third parties.
  • Must have Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school and be Licensed to practice law in Arizona and in good standing or ability to be licensed to practice law in Arizona.
Qualifications:

Minimum: Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school and the ability to maintain a current and valid license to practice law in the State of Arizona (or qualified for admission on motion).

Preferred: Minimum of two years experience in the following areas: Health law, Medicare/Medicaid healthcare finance, or prior experience representing state or federal agencies Leadership of business, program, and operational units of a large organization.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

* Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees.
* Successfully pass fingerprint background check, prior employment verifications and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
* Travel  may be required for State business. Employees who drive on state business must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.) AND have an acceptable driving record for the last 39 months including no DUI, suspension, or revocations and less than 8 points on your license. If an Out of State Driver License was held within the last 39 months, a copy of your MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) is required prior to driving for State Business. Employees may be required to use their own transportation as well as maintaining valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration; however, mileage will be reimbursed.

Benefits:

Among the many benefits of a career with the State of Arizona, there are:
* 10 paid holidays per year
* Paid Vacation and Sick time off (13 and 12 days per year respectively) - start earning it your 1st day (prorated for part-time employees)
* A top-ranked retirement program with lifetime pension benefits
* A robust and affordable insurance plan, including medical, dental, life, and disability insurance
* Participation eligibility in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
* RideShare and Public Transit Subsidy
* A variety of learning and career development opportunities
* Opportunity to work 100% virtually or remotely on an ad-hoc basis (home office)

By providing the option of a full-time or part-time virtual/remote work schedule, employees enjoy improved work/life balance, report higher job satisfaction, and are more productive. Remote work is a management option and not an employee entitlement or right. An agency may terminate a remote work agreement at its discretion.

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

Retirement:

Lifetime Pension Benefit Program
* Administered through the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
* Defined benefit plan that provides for life-long income upon retirement.
* Required participation for Long-Term Disability (LTD) and ASRS Retirement plan.
* Pre-taxed payroll contributions begin after a 27-week waiting period (prior contributions may waive the waiting period).

Deferred Retirement Compensation Program
* Voluntary participation.
* Program administered through Nationwide.
* Tax-deferred retirement investments through payroll deductions.

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by emailing careers@azahcccs.gov.
Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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