The STL VA Healthcare System is looking for a Pharmacy Program Manager, Informatics (herein informatics pharmacist) who is responsible for coordinating and managing initiatives and program development for VA St. Louis related to computer programs and activities. The informatics pharmacist will be responsible for provision and coordination of the Pharmacy information technology at STL VA Healthcare System. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/. Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16. NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: To be considered at the GS-13 grade level you must meet the basic requirements and the requirements below: Experience: You must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-12. You must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities, (KSAs): Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. References: VA Handbook 5005/55 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: oderate Lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (8 hours); Standing (8 hours); Kneeling (1 hours); Repeated bending (4 hours); Both legs required; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Specific visual requirement: DVA correctable to 20/40; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted). ["Major Duties and Responsibilities Program Management Develops, implements, and manages programs, databases and information systems related to medication, to include participation in the development of disease management and population health programs. Analyzes and designs reporting tools that assess service impacts on patient care, quality of care, cost containment and performance. Serves as a subject matter resource and consultant to providers in the implementation of initiatives and compliance with VISN and National Performance Measures and Monitors. Works in conjunction with the Program Manager, Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmacy leadership team and others to prepare and report analysis of data, make recommendations for corrective action, and develop education programs/interventions that would alter aberrant prescribing or workflow patterns. Conducts and directs special studies and conducts analysis of complex issues including provider profiling impacting organizational expenditures. Participates in and develops policies, procedures, audit systems, etc. to determine trends, produce data, and monitor performance for the Pharmacy Service. Coordinates data information retrieval for quality assurance projects including continuous monitoring program, drug utilization reviews, Automated Medication Information System (AMIS), and any other data tracking endeavor defined by Pharmacy or facility leadership. Responsible for expertise in minor Clinical Application Coordinator (CAC) functions for Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) that relate to pharmacy practices. Administrative and Organizational Support Represents Pharmacy on various medical center committees as assigned. Keeps the Pharmacy Service in the forefront of VA generated informatics enhancements through involvement by volunteering and becoming test sites for improvements, such as updated versions of CPRS. Participates in planning effort (short- and long-term) for hardware and software needs of the Pharmacy Service. Conducts quality control procedures on the computer by designing and implementing checks systems. Education and Training Instructs Pharmacy Service Personnel in the use of core applications, database, software, and hardware. Serves as educator and trainer for VA St. Louis for Veterans Information System and Technology Architecture (VistA) packages, FileMan reporting, Pyramid Analytics, SQL testing and related reporting tools and software packages. Participates in the precepting and mentoring of pharmacy residents and students. Serves as a coordinator for the implementation and verification of new packages, program development, enhancement, troubleshooting, and problem prevention. Instructs all medical center and pharmacy staff in the theoretical and practical aspects of the Pharmacy informatics system. Clinical Assist in the design and development of tools and mechanisms to document the outcomes and value associated with pharmacy interventions, pharmacoeconomic activities, and pharmacy performance monitors. Participate in non-formulary, formulary-restricted prior approval and/or consult adjudication as assigned to ensure compliance with formulary management and safe and effective use of pharmaceuticals. Ensures timely resolution to minimize delays in patient care. Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm Telework: May be available at the discretion of the supervisor and based on operational need. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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