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Legal Counsel, Physician and Medical Staff Services

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
6 days ago
As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of PHSA safety, including both patient and employee safety, is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA's Agencies/Divisions/Services, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

Reporting to the Senior Legal Counsel and Executive Director, Medical Affairs and Physician Services, the Legal Counsel, Physician and Medical Staff Services provides legal support and advice in the development and negotiation of complex and non-standard physician service contracts/salary offers with and on behalf of PHSA. The Legal Counsel, Physician Services reviews and drafts complex and non-standard contracts for medical staff and provides legal advice on interpretation and application of relevant federal and provincial legislation, regulations and agreements, as well as PHSA Rules, Bylaws, policies, terms and conditions. The Legal Counsel, Physician Services advises, negotiates and collaborates extensively with other internal and external stakeholders: consults and provides legal advice internally with PHSA's Physician Compensation Office, PHSA leadership/medical administration staff and other Corporate Departments; and negotiates, consults and collaborates externally with Doctors of BC, MoH, HEABC Physician Secretariat, University of BC (UBC), and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (RCPS and CCFP). The position supports the Senior Legal Counsel and Executive Director, Medical Affairs and Physician Services in providing legal support to PHSA stakeholders on matters relating to its medical staff governance and contracts.

What you'll do
  • Provides expert legal advice to PHSA's Physician Compensation Office in the development, drafting and negotiation of physician service contracts and salary agreements within the context of Physician Master Agreement (PMA)/Alternative Payments Subsidiary Agreement, PHSA policies, Medical Staff Bylaws/Rules, MoH policies, UBC policies and HEABC Medical Leadership/Administration Compensation Guidelines. Provides legal advice on physician management issues including internal grid payment structures, service deliverables, reporting requirements, terminations and contract renewals.
  • Provides expert legal support and guidance to internal PHSA stakeholders on the development of solutions for non-standard physician agreements and issues related to employment or termination of physician contracts. Liaises externally with HEABC Physician Secretariat on complex, industry issues involving interpretation and application of Physician Master Agreement.
  • In partnership with PHSA's Physician Compensation Office, collaborates with UBC Departments, UBC Finance and PHSA Finance to draft, and finalize secondment agreements, partner institution appointment support letters, funding letters and agreements and other documentation required to address complex funding and payment arrangements across institutions.
  • Anticipates and identifies legal issues; reviews, researches and prepares legal opinions; and advises PHSA stakeholders on legal strategies and solutions to mitigate legal risk, on matters that may have significant impact to the administration and management of medical staff contracts by PHSA as well as general matters related to medical staff relations and governance.
  • Advises PHSA stakeholders on the application of new and existing healthcare legislation applicable to medical staff and the impact to PHSA, programs and services, and medical staff.
  • Represents PHSA at hearings, court and/or tribunals arising from the administration of medical staff contracts.
  • Assists Senior Legal Counsel and Executive Director, Medical Affairs and Physician Services in providing legal advice and support for other matters related to medical staff governance and contractual arrangements.

What you bring
  • Law Degree from a recognized University supplemented by a minimum of five (5) years' recent, related experience. Experience in healthcare and a degree in Business Administration and/or knowledge of business management an asset.
  • Current member in good standing of the Law Society of British Columbia or eligible for membership within a specified period.
  • Expertise in negotiating and drafting legal documents. Substantial knowledge of and demonstrated familiarity with the legislative and regulatory framework governing healthcare. Expertise in analyzing, researching, evaluating and interpreting legal issues.
  • Expertise in providing legal opinions and advice taking into account and understanding the needs of others to achieve helpful results.
  • Highly developed business writing and verbal communication skills including the ability to facilitate, negotiate, persuade others, and encourage cooperation between diverse operational groups and skill sets and to work collaboratively to problem-solve, design and implement solutions. Ability to respond to the needs of stakeholders supported by an acute awareness of the impact of actions.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise tact, good judgment and initiative.

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That's why we're focused on your care too - offering health, wellness, development programs to support you - at work and at home.
  • Join one of BC's largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations - offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.

Job Type: Temporary Full-Time
1333 West Broadway, Vancouver BC V6H 1G9
Closing date:
Until Filled
Hours of Work:
08:30-16:30 Monday-Friday
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What we do

The Provincial Health Services Authority ( PHSA ) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people - Be compassionate - Dare to innovate - Cultivate partnerships - Serve with purpose.

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PHSA is committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.
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