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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Summary The Primary Care Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT)/Specialty Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) in the ambulatory care setting must be a licensed pharmacist, preferably with a Pharm.D. or equivalent experience. The incumbent is responsible for all aspects of pharmaceutical care of assigned veterans in Primary Care and Specialty areas and CPS cross coverage as needed. Responsibilities Major Duties Outpatient Ambulatory Care Program Services: The PACT/Specialty Clinical Pharmacy Specialist will provide clinical pharmacy services, support pharmacoeconomic activities, and be directly responsible for assessing, monitoring, managing, and documenting intensive medication therapy for assigned patients. Activities include: Serves as a credentialed, mid-level provider by directing therapy; ordering lab tests; performing physical assessments; and initiating, modifying and discontinuing medications as defined within the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist's scope of practice (SOP). The incumbent will be evaluated through Clinical Pertinence Review for SOP. Orders and consults will be accurate and appropriately documented. Physicians or other appropriate health care professionals are contacted when necessary. Patient care will be appropriately and accurately documented. Evaluates pharmacologic therapy through a patient centric approach to achieve optimal safety, efficacy and cost-effective use of medicines. This also includes assessing and interpreting data about the patient's status, the ability to identify age-specific needs, and provides appropriate care based upon the age-related factors noted. Develops appropriate therapeutic monitoring plans and documents the activities in the medical record via electronic progress note. Specific amount and timeliness of documentation for patient care and consult response, as determined by regulatory requirements, will be met. Conducts comprehensive management reviews, supports pharmacotherapy services, and group forums such as group education and shared medical appointments. Provides drug information, provides observations on patient response to therapy, and develops appropriate treatment plans regarding treatment alternatives or additional interventions to maximize patient care outcomes taking into consideration choice of therapy, safety, efficacy, and pharmacoeconomic Outpatient Pharmacy Program Services: The PACT CPS will be involved in the independent professional practice of pharmacy in accordance with the guidelines set forth in pharmacy service policies and procedures, VA regulations, and state and federal laws governing the practice of pharmacy. The CPS will work in conjunction with Clinical Pharmacists, other CPSs and other health care professionals to form an organized team approach to the delivery of pharmaceutical care. Activities include: Maintains work flow patterns that assure timely delivery of outpatient ambulatory care pharmacy services, ensures accurate and timely documentation of encounters and follow up orders. May oversee technical and nonprofessional staff. Provides guidance in the processing of prior authorization drug consult requests utilizing national VA PBM criteria for use and local criteria documenting reasons for approval or denial and suggesting alternative preferred therapies where appropriate. The incumbent participates in the development of guidelines, audit systems, and data gathering efforts of the Medical Center, in support of quality assurance monitoring. Plays a role in budget execution by working with and educating providers and other health care team members to ensure adherence to the formulary process so that patients receive the most cost-effective drug therapy. Provides patient care utilizing an advanced in-depth knowledge of ambulatory care specialized areas of pharmacy practice. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm (Tour of duty will be further discussed) Telework: ADHOC Only Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Clinical Pharmacy Specialist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required\ This position is a Temporary Promotion which can be terminated or made permanent at any time based on funding or the needs of the agency. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Education: 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. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT). 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. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16. NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification. 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). Grandfathering Provision. All licensed pharmacists employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: Employees grandfathered into the GS-660 occupational series may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration, that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. If a licensed pharmacist who was retained under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. Preferred Experience: PGY1 and/or PGY2 Pharmacy Residency, Grade Determinations: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, which is Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program or 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, you must have 1 year of experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) which include but not limited to: Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice; Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff; Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security; Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. AND In addition to the GS-12 requirements, you must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities 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. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/55 PART II APPENDIX G15 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Light Lifting (15pounds), Light Carrying, (Under 15pounds), Reaching above shoulder, Standing (8 hours), Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Specific visual requirement, Hearing (aid permitted). Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.