The mission of Correctional Managed Care is to address the healthcare needs of underserved patient populations within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD).
The Pharmacy Clinical Practice Specialist (PCPS) will work with providers, nurses, and pharmacy staff to provide appropriate recommendations regarding treatment alternatives or additional interventions that maximize patient outcomes taking into consideration choice of therapy, safety, efficacy, formulary status, and pharmaco-economics. Serves as a resource for advanced drug information support for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee and other staff. The PCPS with expertise in ambulatory care will provide drug therapy management through the establishment of a pharmacist-operated patient care telehealth clinic. The PCPS will collaborate with other clinical specialists on pharmacy training to promote learning and performance of pharmacists, technicians, residents, and students. The PCPS will serve as a clinical instructor and preceptor for pharmacy students and residents.
The PCPS will maintain effective interdepartmental relationships by committee membership, problem resolution, and close cooperation with other departments to accomplish the organization’s mission and goals. The goal is to foster a patient-focused, team-based multidisciplinary model of care that promotes rationale drug prescribing and monitoring to ensure positive outcomes are achieved with medication use.
Problem solving, team building, communication, and administrative skills are essential. This position requires a high degree of visibility and interaction with medical leadership.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Approximately 50% of time is devoted to population-focused activities:
Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee consulting/consultant.
Drug use policy development.
Development of clinical practice guidelines.
Utilization review and monitoring of prescribed trends
Education for pharmacy staff and healthcare staff.
Preceptor for residency and student rotations.
Participation in performance improvement programs.
Provide pharmacoeconomic consultations.
Approximately 50% of time is devoted to patient focused activities:
Drug therapy management via telemedicine or patient care rounds.
Provider consultation and drug regimen reviews.
Adheres to internal controls and reporting structure.
Performs related duties as required.
Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus.
Exhibits strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills with all levels of the healthcare team.
Takes ownership in solving problems effectively and efficiently and participates in resolution in a proactive and positive manner.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrates through verbal and non-verbal communications openness to change or new ideas.
Willingly learns and adapts to changes in work environment and new work methods as introduced.
Self-motivated to independently manage time, demonstrates flexibility to fluctuating workload, and effectively prioritizes assignments.
Actively enhances personal growth and development by participating in educational programs and professional organizations and meetings.
Standard pharmaceutical equipment.
Standard pharmacy environment.
May work weekends and shift rotations based on location.
May be required to work overtime and extended shifts during emergencies.
May be exposed to such occupational hazards as communicable diseases, bloodborne pathogens, ionizing & non-ionizing radiation, hazardous medications and disoriented or combative patients or others.
Security clearance is required; pre-employment drug testing is also required.
About University of Texas Medical Branch Correctional Managed Care
UTMB Correctional Managed Care:
Originally established as a partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 1994, the UTMB CMC provides managed health care for offenders in adult and juvenile correctional facilities throughout the state including medical, dental, mental health, and pharmacy services. CMC is also among the world’s leader in telemedicine and electronic medical records applications. With 4 million documented patient encounters per year, UTMB CMC is known for its innovative programs and creative solutions in the fields of correctional health care in jails, state prisons, juvenile detention centers and federal prisons.
UTMB - Correctional Managed Care Department of Pharmacy:
Comprehensive pharmacy services are provided to correctional facilities across the state. Distribution services are provided from a centralized facility in Huntsville, Texas. The facility incorporates automated technology that has eliminated pharmacist final check. This allows pharmacists to perform in-depth profile review and to provide other services that support the health care staff in ensuring safe and effective use of medications.
Clinical pharmacy services are ...decentralized. With a unique knowledge of medications, current research, and hands-on clinical experience, pharmacists develop solutions for managing pharmaceutical care. Services are designed to improve clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness. A range of services are offered and include medication therapy management, academic detailing and educational programs, drug information, P&T Committee consulting, non-formulary consulting, formulary management, and clinical guideline development. The Department serves as a clinical internship site for pharmacy students and offers an ASHP accredited residency program. The staff includes 9 managers, 29 pharmacists, 8 clinical pharmacists, 1 resident and 87 support staff.