The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Geriatrics) is located at the Audie L. Murphy campus of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. The position serves as a provider with prescribing privileges as outlined in the individual's practice area based scope of practice for the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) in Geriatrics to provide comprehensive medication therapy management (MTM). The incumbent must possess necessary interpersonal skills to function effectively with the healthcare professionals and patients within the assigned patient care area. The CSP will need general VVC Integrated Training and expertise in video tele-health patient assessment and therapeutic relationship. Clinical Duties: Directly involved in the design, implementation, and monitoring of therapeutic drug plans to achieve definite outcomes through direct interactions with patients and providers in assigned areas. Involved in reviewing patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, and therapeutic outcomes as required as a provider. Communicate findings with other providers and provides appropriate alternatives to current treatment plans as needed. Apply knowledge of normal laboratory values in the evaluation of patient care and recognizes significant abnormalities. Expert in the principles of clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and is knowledgeable and able to make dose adjustment recommendations based on objective laboratory findings. Coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes for telehealth care including management of health emergencies at remote site. As required, will provide tele-health assessments and treatment provided by tele-work. Document clinical interventions in CPRS in a timely and professional manner as appropriate. Obtain medication histories from patients and summarizes significant findings in the medical record. Perform drug use evaluations on behalf of national, VISN and local medical center initiatives and other Pharmacy and Therapeutics activities as needed. Provide patient-specific drug therapy to maximize patient response and minimize drug interactions, adverse drug effects, and polypharmacy while providing cost-effective treatment. Determine if a referral to the physician is necessary when disease progression occurs, or adverse drug events require treatment interventions. Order, perform, review and analyze appropriate laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies necessary to monitor and support the patient's drug therapy. Follow up with patients on lab or test results to discuss the plan of therapy (i.e., changes in medication therapy, monitoring and evaluation, additional testing requirements, referral to primary care provider or specialty care physician). Monitor for and report drug errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies, and patient compliance issues. Incumbent documents findings per facility procedures. Review and evaluate requests for assigned prior authorization drugs for appropriateness and compliance with established criteria where applicable. Promote and monitor compliance for established drug therapy policies. Work with providers to ensure compliance with national, VISN, and local initiatives. Serve on medical center, VISN or National committees as requested Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Compressed/Flexible: Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Geriatrics)/PD000000 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.