General Purpose of the Position: Provide ambulatory pharmaceutical care services using approved protocols in collaboration with other health professionals, to include assisting in the management of patient drug therapy and provision of patient education. Promote high quality, evidence-based, cost-effective pharmaceutical care. Deliver patient-centered care, advise, consult and provide drug information to patients, their care takers and other health care professionals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
· In collaboration with the physician and other members of the health care team, provide population based and patient specific medication management services intended to achieve outcomes related to safety and efficacy of drug therapy, improve drug related clinical outcomes, prevention of adverse drug events and improvement of patients’ quality of life.
· Promote rational and cost-effective Outpatient drug therapy through close participation in the drug therapy decision-making process with physicians and other members of the health care team.
- Provide clinical consultation and clarification to practitioners. Collaborate routinely with practitioners regarding medication therapy changes per current standards. Suggest appropriate, cost-effective therapeutic alternatives to medical staff as needed. Assist physicians/office staff with any medication questions, insurance issues, hospital follow-up visits, medication reconciliation, refills, referrals, Annual Medicare Wellness visits, etc. Provide accurate, adequate, and timely drug information to professional staff.
- Provide drug information to patients and their families. Provide education to patient regarding medications and disease state. Clarify any medication questions with any of the patient’s physicians/specialists when needed.
· Conduct patient medication history inquiries upon referral from physicians and other medical personnel.
· Upon request, synthesize a treatment plan, which may include drug therapy and lifestyle modifications, and transition within the continuum of care settings.
· Identify, resolve, and prevent potential and actual medication-related problems including: untreated indications, improper drug selection, subtherapeutic dosage, overdose, failure to receive medication, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, and medication without indication.
· Provide patient monitoring for the purpose of evaluating and optimizing patient outcomes, drug utilization and patient compliance, detecting and/or minimizing ADR's, eliminating unnecessary drug use and duplication.
· Completes Comprehensive Medication Reviews as requested.
· Provides patient education related to the individual's disease state, including predictable actions, side effects, reasons for proper compliance, and any special instruction.
· Documents all patient activities and interventions in the medical record. Demonstrate accuracy, thoroughness, and attention to detail.
· Assure ongoing performance improvement of the pharmaceutical care services provided.
· Provides education to providers and staff via presentations, newsletters, formal utilization reviews, and one-on-one interactions.
· Performs other duties as required.
Education: Required –B.S. degree in Pharmacy from an accredited school of pharmacy
Preferred – PharmD
Experience/On the Job Training:
Successful completion of a clinical pharmacy residency or possess a minimum of 2 years clinical experience in direct patient care delivery. Preferred ambulatory care residency or experience.
Credentials: Required - Current PA Pharmacist License
Preferred - Board Certification, APhA Certification in Diabetes Management and/or Medication Therapy Management
Special Skills: Familiarity with Microsoft office programs, Email, Faxing, Centricity and Practice Management programs.
· Comprehensive knowledge of current pharmacological/biopharmaceutical principles, medical terminology, pathologies, disease states, and related information for a medical management plan.
· Understanding of drug utilization review and drug usage evaluation
· Knowledge of Federal and State laws & regulations regarding the provision of pharmaceutical services.
· Experience with billable MTM services
· Understanding of Medicare Stars quality measures
· Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
Typical Physical Demands: Long periods of sitting with some lifting (less than 50lbs). Office travel to practices in PPCP network
Typical Mental Demands: Problem solving skills, able to work with interruption, creative thinking, able to strategize, able to grasp abstract thinking, good documentation skills.