This position provides clinical pharmacy services to Patient Alignment Care Team (PACT) Mental Health outpatients and Tele- Mental Health patients. Serves as a provider with prescribing privileges as outlined in the individual's Scope of Practice for Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) to perform Medication Therapy Management (MTM). It is located at the Lake County VA Outpatient Clinic, 35000 Kaiser Court, Willoughby, OH 44094. The primary responsibility of the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist is the provision of evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through direct care with patients (face to face and tele-video) and in consultation with other providers on their team. This pharmacist promotes and manages drug therapy based on current clinical knowledge that is consistent with policies and guidelines established at the national, VISN, and local levels. Clinical Pharmacy Specialists are employees of their medical center's Pharmacy Service, to ensure they receive all professional guidance, policy and communications, along with department missions and goals, especially regarding the VA National Formulary, VISN and local medical center Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee objectives for formulary management activities and patient safety updates (i.e. notices, bulletins). Additional duties and responsibilities includes but is not limited to the following: Plans and provides patient related clinical pharmacy services in assigned clinics. Functions under a scope of practice consistent with skills, training, and education, and consistent with the pharmaceutical care needs in psychiatry. Functions within defined scope of practice and therapy guidelines to achieve therapeutic goals in patients with psychiatric disorders. Effectively addresses patients who have not achieved therapeutic goals because of poor adherence to prescribed regimen, adverse effects, polypharmacy, and/or suboptimal medicine regimen. Achieves therapeutic goals by monitoring response to prescribed therapy via appropriate history, physical and laboratory monitors, as well as prescription refill evidence and feedback from patient. Orders appropriate laboratory tests at appropriate times as necessary to determine response to prescribed therapy. Reviews patient profile for appropriateness, duplication, drug/drug and drug/food interactions, incompatibilities, or other drug related problems, and either makes appropriate changes to patient's medications or recommends change to the provider who is seeing the patient. Takes responsible and appropriate actions to promote optimum, most cost effective, drug therapy to patients under their care. Performs medication reconciliation of patient's profiles and medications being taken, and updates medication profile as necessary. Renews prescriptions for maintenance medications as needed and issues new prescriptions as appropriate and within scope of practice. Evaluates and responds to consult requests for assigned prior authorization medications within 72 hours. Documents clinical interventions in CPRS in a timely and professional manner as appropriate. Documents encounters using clinic location, and procedure codes in CPRS in a timely manner as appropriate to the episode of care. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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