The Pharmacy Department at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center is actively recruiting for a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) to work with their Primary Care Service Line Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) at the Pike Outpatient Clinic. The clinical pharmacy specialists in primary care are the clinical experts and clinical leaders within the Pharmacy Department. In addition to maintaining an ongoing and outstanding knowledge base with regard to current literature and contemporary practice. their primary functions include spending the majority of his/her time in the following responsibilities: clinical leadership, internal and external environmental scanning, individual and team mentoring, clinical performance oversight, regulatory and quality monitor compliance, patient and provider therapeutic consultations, patient medication therapy monitoring (up to 30% anticoagulation monitoring based on assignment), direct patient medication therapy and disease state management, direct patient and provider education, pharmacist mentoring, and suppo1ting the pharmacy self management program and philosophy. Other duties include but are not limited to: Clinical Team Leadership: The clinical pharmacist shall routinely maintain an outstanding and up-to-date clinical knowledge base with regard to medication therapy, contemporary journal articles, and contemporary pharmacy practice. Incumbent will routinely provide and support leadership and management oversight as it relates to the clinical programs and clinical activities of assigned personnel. Responsibilities shall include: Scanning the internal and external environments to determine opportunities to enhance pharmacy services to support patient education, patient adherence, clinical outcomes. and team member growth and development. Monitor drug utilization (formulary, non-formulary, restricted) and intervene to ensure formulary adherence and optimal evidence-based clinical outcomes. Meet with new patients entering our system to reconcile medications. review formulary availability and options for conversion, and educate regarding VA policies. Monitor the educational needs of providers, pharmacists and patients. and make recommendations to address any deficiencies. Actively participate in supporting any defined educational programs and activities. Routinely benchmark with national contemporary programs and make recommendations for clinical pharmacy service and program changes. Act as a liaison between service line leadership, pharmacy management, medical staff and healthcare personnel, and assigned pharmacy team members. Clinical and Pharmacoeconomic Activities: The clinical pharmacy specialist shall routinely provide and support pharmacoeconomic and clinical pharmacy staff activities, and is directly responsible for monitoring and managing medication therapy for assigned patients. Clinical pharmacy and pharmacoeconomic activities shall be performed in accordance with the individual's approved scope of practice and shall include: Routine review of medical orders for appropriateness of the drug, dosage, schedule. duration, and directions. Objectively support adherence to the formulary and demonstrate the assertiveness and poise that is needed to handle any untoward situations. Support the review and adjudication of non-formulary medication orders consistent with departmental guidelines/policy. Routine polypharmacy reviews to identify opportunities to reduce medication and therapeutic duplications and enhance patient medication administration compliance. Routine provision of medication and therapeutic consultations for assigned patients. Drug Information Services: The clinical pharmacy specialist shall be responsible for providing medication information and drug literature analysis as requested. The incumbent shall: Routinely provide medication information to providers, assigned patients, and members of the clinical pharmacy team. Evaluate and synthesize infom1ation from primary and secondary sources of clinical drug literature as needed to support clinical decisions and patient / provider education. Order Verification: As a secondary function to support patient care, the incumbent will develop and maintain a working knowledge of our Pharmacy VIST A/CPRS software packages. When assigned. this activity shall include: Reviewing all medication order input fields and finishing the order to ensure both accuracy and appropriateness. Resolving all patient medication-related questions and clinical concerns prior to finishing the patient medication orders. Research: The incumbent shall help coordinate and participate in the conceptualization, development and implementation of all pharmacy-based medication and service-related studies and research projects as requested. Performs other duties as assigned by management. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD504860 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.