The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) acts as a representative of the Pharmacy Service, in a variety of positions throughout the Healthcare System. The CPS functions at the highest level of clinical pharmacy practice and works independently under a scope of practice in substance use disorder and primary care clinics. The CPS will also be responsible for providing academic detailing services in alignment with VISN and local campaigns. A) Clinical Practice - Functions independently under an individual scope of practice as defined by the health care system for comprehensive medication management. This includes but is not limited to the design, implementation, and monitoring of therapeutic drug plans to achieve positive, definite outcomes through direct interactions with patients and providers in assigned areas. - Performs patient care activities in working directly or indirectly with the health care team and patient, encompassing a variety of modalities and professional responsibilities. - Reviews and evaluates requests for non-formulary and restricted drugs for appropriateness and compliance with established criteria where applicable. - Assists with Medication Use Evaluations (MUE) and other Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee related activities. - Participates in the training and in-servicing of Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Students/Residents, and other medical center personnel as required. - Serves as preceptor for Pharmacy Students and Pharmacy Residents in accordance with established protocols and standards. B) Academic Detailing - Academic Detailing activity will encompass 50% (as required for the position) of the CPS's time. - Develops policies and tools such as clinical guidance, dashboards, reports, clinical reminders, and consults to optimize disease management. - Collects data and tracks use, implementation, and impact of developed policies and tools. - Analyzes prescribing practices and targets education campaigns to providers who are identified and may require additional focus to ensure prescribing adherence with current clinical practice guidelines. - Monitors outcomes of programs, including cost-containment (savings and avoidance), healthcare resource utilization, and clinical patient information. - Continually scans and evaluates new literature, clinical evidence and pricing changes to improve care and cost-containment initiatives. - Provides guidance and methods for improving the quality of patient care and healthcare resources utilization. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Holidays and weekend rotation may be required based on the needs of service. Final schedule determined by Pharmacy Management based on the needs of service. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required ********THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION********
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.