The Primary Care Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT)/Specialty Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) in the ambulatory care setting must be a licensed pharmacist, preferably with a Pharm.D. or equivalent experience. The incumbent is responsible for all aspects of pharmaceutical care of assigned veterans in Primary Care and Specialty areas and CPS cross coverage as needed. Major Duties: Outpatient Ambulatory Care Program Services: The PACT/Specialty Clinical Pharmacy Specialist will provide clinical pharmacy services, support pharmacoeconomic activities, and be directly responsible for assessing, monitoring, managing, and documenting intensive medication therapy for assigned patients. Serves as a credentialed, mid-level provider by directing therapy; ordering lab tests; performing physical assessments; and initiating, modifying and discontinuing medications as defined within the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist's scope of practice (SOP). The incumbent will be evaluated through Clinical Pertinence Review for SOP. Orders and consults will be accurate and appropriately documented. Physicians or other appropriate health care professionals are contacted when necessary. Patient care will be appropriately and accurately documented. Evaluates pharmacologic therapy through a patient centric approach to achieve optimal safety, efficacy and cost-effective use of medicines. This also includes assessing and interpreting data about the patient's status, the ability to identify age specific needs, and provides appropriate care based upon the age-related factors noted. Develops appropriate therapeutic monitoring plans and documents the activities in the medical record via electronic progress note. Specific amount and timeliness of documentation for patient care and consult response, as determined by regulatory requirements, will be met. Conducts comprehensive management reviews, supports pharmacotherapy services, and group forums such as group education and shared medical appointments. Provides drug information, provides observations on patient response to therapy, and develops appropriate treatment plans regarding treatment alternatives or additional interventions to maximize patient care outcomes taking into consideration choice of therapy, safety, efficacy, and pharmacoeconomics. For Primary Care: disease states include but are not limited to diabetes, smoking cessation, hypertension, dyslipidemia, gout, pain, basic mental health conditions, and substance use disorders. For Specialty Care: disease states include but are not limited to coverage of areas related to endocrine, pulmonary, renal and rheumatology. Outpatient Pharmacy Program Services: The PACT CPS will be involved in the independent professional practice of pharmacy in accordance with the guidelines set forth in pharmacy service policies and procedures, VA regulations, and state and federal laws governing the practice of pharmacy. The CPS will work in conjunction with Clinical Pharmacists, other CPSs and other health care professionals to form an organized team approach to the delivery of pharmaceutical care. Maintains work flow patterns that assure timely delivery of outpatient ambulatory care pharmacy services, ensures accurate and timely documentation of encounters and follow up orders. May oversee technical and nonprofessional staff. Provides guidance in the processing of prior authorization drug consult requests utilizing national VA PBM criteria for use and local criteria documenting reasons for approval or denial and suggesting alternative preferred therapies where appropriate. Education Assists in the training of pharmacy employees, pharmacy residents and Pharm.D. students as assigned. The incumbent develops appropriate rotations and learning opportunities for pharmacists, pharmacy residents and/or pharmacy students. Precepts trainees in advanced clinical pharmacy practice areas. These learning experiences will be documented and evaluated appropriately and timely and will comply with standards for students and residents. Collaborates with program managers to provide pharmacy training to promote the learning experience and improve the performance of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy residents and students Research Contributes to research as assigned by Clinical Pharmacy Program Managers. Project management Contributes to the quality assurance of the MVAHCS Clinical Pharmacy Service. Work Schedule: Full Time, 8am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This position is a Temporary Position which can be terminated at any time based on funding or the needs of the agency.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.