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. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States Education: Applicants must possess one of the following: 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: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/. (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. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements above, applicants must possess the following grade requirements. GS-13 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist: Applicants must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition, applicants must meet the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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 Assignment: 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. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15 - Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standards. ["Duties include, but are not limited to: 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\nFunctional Statement #: PD00000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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