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Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses exclusively on providing government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. WellCare serves approximately 4 million members nationally.
WellCare is seeking several experienced transactional attorneys to join its expanding legal department. Positions may be filled at the Corporate Counsel or Senior Corporate Counsel level depending upon experience. Candidates should have strong academic credentials and 5 to 12 years of legal experience in law firm or in-house settings, ideally with demonstrated expertise in health insurance and managed care. There is a strong preference for lawyers with substantial experience in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and with health care provider contracting.
Successful candidates will have outstanding professional skills, sound judgment, and must be capable of working independently in a fast-paced environment while effectively managing multiple projects and competing priorities. Counsel must be adept at developing compliant and constructive solutions to the business challenges which arise in an industry that is highly regulated at the state and federal level. All WellCare associates are expected to embrace and promote the Company’s culture of compliance and institutional values reflected in, among other things, its Code of Conduct and Business Ethics.
The position will involve extensive contact with senior management and with representatives of the business units and corporate functions across the organization in multiple offices. Successful candidates will have the following personal attributes.
Hands-on, hard-working, “roll up your sleeves” style
Practical and business-oriented
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to communicate effectively throughout all levels of the organization
Personal presence, credibility, and the professional demeanor necessary to interact with company management, regulatory bodies, and business units with confidence and persuasiveness
A collaborative team player with an ability to play multiple roles
Adaptable; flexible; comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity
Responsive and ready, willing and able to assist with new challenges
Able to influence a diverse set of stakeholders and drive to solutions
Efficient, with a propensity for action and a strong sense of ownership
Personal integrity, excellent judgment and ability to prioritize and make difficult decisions quickly
Self-motivated and enthusiastic
Successful candidates will have a demonstrated ability to analyze, negotiate and draft complex commercial agreements that are subject to myriad state and federal statutes, regulations and administrative rules. Job responsibilities are expected to include the following.
Managing complex legal projects and providing appropriate advice that is informed by realistic risk assessment
Providing legal support for various departments and cross-disciplinary teams, such as provider network relations, claims processing, customer service, marketing, product development, corporate shared services, and regulatory affairs
Negotiating, drafting, and interpreting health care network provider agreements such as physician, medical group, hospital, and pharmacy related agreements
Providing legal guidance and support to in connection with responses to requests for proposals, and other expansion activities
In collaboration with WellCare compliance professionals, providing counsel regarding data privacy issues including HIPAA • In collaboration with WellCare compliance professionals and other in-house counsel, monitoring and interpreting state and federal regulatory requirements and interacting with regulators to ensure the company’s regulatory compliance.
Successful candidates must be a member in good standing of a state bar; Florida provides for in-house counsel admission without examination. Periodic travel may be required.
WellCare offers competitive compensation, benefits, and relocation assistance.
4 openings. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
WellCare is a leading provider dedicated to government-sponsored health plans such as Medicare, Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Programs and others. Founded in 1985, our team of 2,000 associates and over 20,000 physician partners serve nearly three quarters of a million members across seven states: Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Louisiana and New York. With an expec...ted $1.8 billion in 2005 revenues and over 850,000 members, we are the largest managed care company participating exclusively in Medicaid and Medicare in the nation. Begining in 2006 WellCare is one of ten companies offering a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan product nationwide.The WellCare Group of Companies operates plans under the WellCare, Staywell, HealthEase, Harmony and PreferredOne brands.Our company headquarters are based in Tampa, FL. Regional offices include: Miami, FL; Manhattan, NY; North Haven, CT; Baton Rouge, LA; Marietta, GA; and Chicago, IL; which is also headquarters for Harmony Health Plan. WellCare stock is traded on the NYSE under the symbol WCG.