Pharmacist (Facility Program Manager) - Pharmacoeconomics/Clinical Informatics
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Houston, Texas
Internal Number: 669403700
This Facility Program Manager serves the Pharmacy Service at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and is responsible for the Pharmacoeconomic program development, implementation, monitoring and reporting. A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be paid to a Highly Qualified Candidate 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 Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3.g. Education: (a) 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.) (b) Foreign degrees: 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. NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification. English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). GRADE DETERMINATION: Facility Program Manager, GS-13 (a) Experience. In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. (b) Assignments. Manages all aspects of a distinct program to include policy development, quality resources and specialty functions unique to the program to optimize cost effectiveness (budget) and patient outcomes. Coordinates a single program area of a complex pharmacy operation, or multiple program areas within a facility to develop, organize, manage, and control complex pharmacy programs. Develops, organizes, coordinates and manages single or multiple program areas within the medical facility; this may include a single program area at multiple facilities. The Program Manager title is reserved for those individuals who have one or more of the following: supervisory responsibilities for various sections within Pharmacy Service; a complex program requiring coordination of multiple locations such as medical center care facilities, Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), rural health, telemedicine, etc; specialized areas of a complex nature such as nuclear pharmacy, quality assurance, pharmacy informatics, clinical applications coordinator, Home Based Primary Care, pharmacoeconomist or liaison pharmacist duties requiring the coordination of processes with other medical facilities or VISNs. (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA). Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following 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. Preferred Experience: Completion of a PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Population Health Management & Data Analytics, PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Pharmacy Outcomes and Healthcare Analytics or equivalent experience Current operational use and proficient application of the following: Microsoft Office Programs (including advanced Excel and PowerPivot), Power BI, Pyramid Analytics, SQL Actively involved in committees or work groups at the local, VISN and/or National level that directly relate to the position Experience with statistical analysis Experience providing direct patient care within a clinical setting References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Light carrying under 15 pounds; use of both hands and fingers; both legs required; use of legs and arms for climbing; both eyes required and ability to distinguish basic colors. ["If you ARE a current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-11549758-22-ARS. The duties of the Facility Program Manager (Pharmacoeconomics - Clinical Informatics) include, but are not limited to: Develops, implements, and manages programs to optimize drug therapy costs, including participation in the development of disease management programs Monitors and trends pharmaceutical costs to include review of pharmaceutical utilization to identify best practices and opportunities for improvement Monitors approved pharmaceutical manufacturers' incentive programs to assure appropriate cost savings are realized Interfaces with internal and external customers to identify, develop and implement appropriate formulary programs, outcome assessments, cost-saving initiatives, and research activities Designs, completes and reports drug utilization evaluations Participates in prior authorization drug request management reviews and appeals processes Facilitates the coordination of cost-effective alternatives and action plans to address short and long-term drug shortages Work collaboratively with Quality Management and ADPAC/Informatics program managers to develop and implement action plans to drug recalls Implements VA medical facility policies including therapeutic interchanges and automatic substitutions Reviews drug therapy prescribing patterns of providers and develop action plans as needed Accepts special assignments from the immediate supervisor consisting of data collection and education activities directed at altering prescribing patterns to maintain an effective drug cost containment program Provides evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through direct patient care and consultation with other providers Maintains a scope of practice for provision of direct patient care Promotes and manages drug therapy based on current clinical knowledge that is consistent with policies established at the national, VISN, and local levels Reports to immediate supervisor on clinical activities and prepare requested management data Assists pharmacy leadership with strategic planning goals and objectives Serves as a member on local, VISN and/or national committees and/or work groups as assigned Precepts students and residents Supplies coverage to ADPAC/Clinical Informatics Facility Program Manager as needed Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm or 8:00am-4:30pm; or based on agency needs\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Pharmacist (Facility Program Manager) - Pharmacoeconomics/Clinical Informatics/PD00303F\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: May Be Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial 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.