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Surgery Care Affiliates Senior Corporate Counsel (Physician Practices) in Birmingham, Alabama


Today, SCA Health has grown to 11,000 teammates who care for 1 million patients each year and support physician specialists holistically in many aspects of patient care. Together, our teammates create value in specialty care by aligning physicians, health plans and health systems around a common goal: delivering on the quadruple aim of high-quality outcomes and a better experience for patients and providers, all at a lower total cost of care.

As part of Optum, we participate in an integrated care delivery system that enables us to support our partners as they navigate a complex healthcare environment, Only SCA Health has a dynamic group of physician-driven, specialty care businesses that allows us to customize solutions, no matter the need or challenge:

  • We connect patients to physicians in new and differentiated ways as part of Optum and with our new Specialty Management Solutions business.

  • We have pioneered a physician-led, multi-site model of practice solutions that restores physician agency by aligning incentives to support growth and transition to value-based care.

  • We lead the industry in value-based payment solutions through our Global 1 bundled payment convener, that provides easy predictable billing to patients.

  • We help physicians address everything beyond surgical procedures, including anesthesia and ancillary service lines.

The new SCA Health represents who we are today and where we are going—and the growing career opportunities for YOU.


SCA Health has a dynamic group of physician-driven, specialty care business lines focused on challenging the status quo and setting new standards of excellence in specialty care. The position of Sr. Corporate Counsel is to serve as a legal counsel for SCA Health focused primarily on SCA Health’s rapidly growing specialty care division, known as OptumCare Specialty Practices.

A successful candidate will possess good judgment and be a trusted partner for SCA Health and its various leaders. He or she will be responsible for a diverse list of matters and will be expected to provide a broad range of legal services, including drafting and negotiating contracts, identifying and advising on regulatory issues, providing general operational and transactional support for OptumCare Specialty Practices.

The candidate must hold an active law license and have a minimum of 4-7 years of experience practicing law. This candidate can be based in our Birmingham, Alabama office or work remotely. This is a position at the forefront of SCA Health’s innovation in a fast-paced environment, and candidates must be efficient, self-motivated and versatile.


  • Serve as Sr. Corporate Counsel for SCA Health’s OptumCare Specialty Care division

  • Provide legal guidance to support business teams in various projects to drive business growth and efficiently solve problems

  • Advise and collaborate with SCA leadership on transactions and strategic opportunities

  • Weigh business and legal risks to provide practical options and solutions

  • Provide operational and transactional legal support for OptumCare Specialty Practices and its affiliated practices and partnerships, including drafting agreements, support service contracts and professional services agreements

  • Advising SCA Health regarding state and federal regulatory matters, including, but not limited to Stark and Anti-kickback statute

  • Lead negotiations with respect to transactional work and be responsive to a dynamic business environment

  • Build rapport and work collaboratively with internal teams, including finance, operations, development, risk management and regulatory compliance

  • Appropriately manage workflow, projects, deals and priorities with internal teams and successfully meet deliverable timelines


Required Qualifications:

  • Strong academic credentials including a Juris Doctor degree.

  • Active license to practice law in at least one state.

  • 4-7 years of experience practicing law required.

  • Experience in health care law and corporate law.

  • Exceptional drafting skills and experience with general contract negotiations.

  • Ability to lead multiple projects, priorities and transactions in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment.

  • Experience with advising clients on health care regulatory matters.

  • Ability to provide sound and practical advice on legal and business matters in a complex environment to a broad range of business teams.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with transactions involving physician practices and management services organizations is preferred.

  • Experience with advising clients on matters involving fraud and abuse laws, False Claims Act, Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute and other state and federal rules and regulations, including corporate practice of medicine doctrine and Medicare billing requirements.