The Clinical Pharmacy Specialists (CPS) is a licensed pharmacist and is responsible for providing pharmaceutical care to patients in ambulatory care clinics, inpatient clinical wards/units, and long-term care settings as assigned. Provide professional consultation to VA medical facility management concerning planning and coordination of the programmatic responsibilities related to policy and services in pain management, opioid safety, and prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs). Work close collaboration with the VISN PMOP Coordinator, Facility Pain POC, Primary Care (PACT) Pain Champion, Academic Detailing pharmacists, the Pain Management Team (PMT)/Pain Clinic team members, and other facility stakeholders. Develop processes/procedures to ensure implementation and compliance with national policy related to pain management, opioid safety and risk mitigation strategies, Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND), management of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), initiatives in compliance with national policy, clinical practice guidelines, and regulatory requirements. Support review of community provider opioid prescribing practices as required by the MISSION Act Section 131. Track and support full implementation of the Stepped Care Model for Pain Management (SCM-PM), including a high functioning PMT/Pain Clinic at the facility, and access to tertiary pain center within the VISN including a CARP-accredited interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation program. Identify opioid safety improvement and risk mitigation opportunities for facility leadership and developing strategic planning efforts in accordance with VA policy, inclusive of, but not limited to PDMP compliance, urine drug screening, and establishing population management processes for targeted risk mitigation. Collaborate to evaluate acute pain care prescribing and processes at the facility and leading improvement opportunities. Partner with Academic Detailing and other stakeholders to monitor and disseminate best clinical practices related to PMOP initiatives. Prepare responses to formal inquiries from the PMOP office. Interview patients to determine medical history and reviews history for potential drug interactions, polypharmacy, therapeutic duplication, non-compliance, and adverse drug reactions. Interact with students, residents, and staff from various clinical disciplines regarding coordinating/performing comprehensive medication reviews and education for pain management patients. Evaluate and update current pharmacy practice (including available formulations/formulary management) related to pharmaceutical care for pain management patients continually. Assist in the operation in other areas of Pharmacy Service when required, including distribution and clinical work in other areas (i.e., medication order review and verification). Dispense medications in accordance with dosage form requirements (outpatient, unit dose, intravenous admixture or ward stock/automatic replenishment). Maintain competency by completing at least 15 contact hours of ACPE-approved Continuing Education annually, relating to the type of patients for which they care. Serve as an authority on drug usage, interactions, over-dosages, and compliance to medical staff, nursing staff, technicians and students. Uses appropriate references to research drug information. Participate in the appropriate, effective and safe use of pharmaceuticals by contributing to criteria development, data collection and drug use evaluation and other quality improvement activities as assigned. Participate in P&T functions and assignments as required, e.g., ADR monitoring, medication error reporting, medication utilization activities, criteria for use (CFU), etc. Perform other related duties as assigned by PMOP and SCS leadership. Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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.