Comprehensive medication management is performed by the HBPC Clinical Pharmacist Specialist primarily through direct patient care activities as outlined in the Pharmacy Benefits Management Services Guidance Home-Based Primary Care Pharmacy Business Rules. The HBPC CPS provides CMM for chronic diseases including, but not limited to, anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, COPD, heart failure, neuropathic pain, vitamin deficiencies. Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. Education (1) 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. Licensure. 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. 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). The individual must have a valid driver's license and be able to drive to home visits. Grade Determinations: GS-13: Must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-12. Assignments. Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the assignments listed below. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following 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. Preferred Experience: PGY2 IN GERIATRICS OR EXPERIENCE IN HBPC/GERIATRICS; BCGP, BCPS AND/OR BCACP CERTIFICATIONS References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/55 PART II APPENDIX G15 Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (3 hours per day); standing (6 hours per day); driving; kneeling (2 hours per day); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted) ["VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws Initial comprehensive medication assessment (within 30 days) upon enrollment into HBPC then quarterly (within 90 days) thereafter, and when clinically indicated. Attendance and active participation within interdisciplinary team (IDT) conferences and provide identified medication therapy recommendations to the team. Provide comprehensive medication and disease state management (CMM) services via patient care visit modalities noted above, and prescribe medications and treatments as clinically indicated in accordance with the SOP. Participate in home visits, when clinically indicated and agreed upon, for comprehensive medication or disease state management (CMM) and/or medication safety concerns. Reinforce and provide education to the Veteran and caregiver(s) regarding proper use of prescribed medications, in collaboration with other HBPC team members. Education may include proper storage, administration, dosing, indication for use, side effects, disposal, expiration dating, etc. Provide a consultative role to facility leadership when a medication error occurs. Perform informal therapeutic consultation (\"curbside\" consults) to provide guidance to team members on topics such as selection of optimal medication use, drug information questions, formulary advice, as well as pharmacy/medication education, drug information, and reference materials for the HBPC team. Assist with coordination of care, such as communication with HBPC team members, other hospital departments, outside health care providers, and patients/caregivers. Provide continuous pharmacy/medication education, drug information, and reference materials for the HBPC team Manages all patients receiving anticoagulation therapy assigned to the geriatrics program, and other chronic disease management as consulted by primary provider. Reviews and evaluates requests for non-formulary and restricted drugs for appropriateness and compliance with established criteria where applicable. Reviews and verifies medication orders for appropriateness and to reduce potential risk of adverse drug events. Work Schedule: 7:30 A.M.-4:00 P.M. or 8:00 A..-4:30 P.M. Compressed/Flexible: Yes - as determined by the agency policy Telework: Available for highly qualified applicants Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 55063-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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