This position is located within VA Beckley Healthcare System in Beckley, WV. The Clinical Pharmacist in Community Care at Beckley HCS is responsible to receive, assess, and process all non-VA care prescriptions to include eRx, faxed, and/or hard copied prescriptions. 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. Education: (1) 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.) (2) 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. English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). 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). Grade Determinations: GS-13 Experience: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Clinical Pharmacy Specialist: 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. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs: a. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. b. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. c. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. d. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. e. 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 Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting 45 lbs and over, heavy carrying, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking and standing up to 4 hours, both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish shades of colors, and hearing (aid permitted). Environmental Factors : Working, closely with others, and working alone. ["VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws Duties include but are not limited to: Applies evidence-based, cost effective principles to promote optimal patient care within budget appropriations in reference to non-VA community care prescription processing. Applies VA formulary consistently in review of requested pharmaceutical items, and recognizes opportunity to provide education to non-VA providers when appropriate. Completes the non-formulary request process and approval/disapproval. Completes medication reconciliation including updating the medication profile to reflect an accurate, active list of VA and non-VA medications. This may include adding non-VA medications. this may include adding non-VA medication or discontinuing duplicate medications or those the patient is not taking. Monitors for and reports drug errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies, and patient compliance issues. Documents findings per facility procedures. Provide oral and/or written communication with non-VA healthcare professionals regarding drug therapy selection and formulary medication management. Assures medications are dispensed to patients consistent with Joint Commission standards, VA requirements, and Federal and State laws impacting pharmacy service. Assists in the development and maintenance of drug distribution processes specific to non-VA care. Works with Community Care Office, Fiscal Service and Pharmacy administration to promote optimal patient care within budget appropriation. Responsible for assessing, planning and evaluating the Pharmacy program to ensure proper coordination between the delivery of Pharmacy services and the overall delivery of health care. Participates in the training and in-servicing of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians/students/residents, and other medical center personnel as required in reference to community care prescriptions. Will be the pharmacy service subject matter expert on all matters involving community care prescription processing. May serve as a preceptor for pharmacy students and pharmacy residents. Responsible for collection and tabulation of data from all ongoing facility research projects. as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm\nTelework: Available Ad Hoc\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: FS# 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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