The Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner (CPP) functions at the highest level of clinical practice and top of licensure and serves as an advanced practice provider working independently, but collaboratively, with prescribing privileges as outlined in the individual's practice area-based scope of practice. The CPP provider delivers evidence-based comprehensive medication management (CMM) through direct patient care and as part of the interdisciplinary team providing PGx management. Basic Requirements: U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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. 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 (TOFEL iBT). COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED 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. Copy of current license required if applicable. Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). Preferred Experience: Preferred candidates will have a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, completed an accredited pharmacy residency program and/or have extensive experience providing medication therapy management services in an integrated practice model. Grade Determinations: GS-13: Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements listed above, applicants must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level OR have completed an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program (transcript required). In addition, pharmacists at the GS-12 level must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist QUALIFICATION STANDARD dated June 7, 2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. 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. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (3 hours per day); standing (6 hours per day); kneeling (2 hours per day); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing aid permitted. ["***THIS POSITION CAN BE FILLED AT EITHER CAMPUS*** Duties include but are not limited to the following: Clinical - Direct Patient Care Activities Functions as an advanced practice provider for CMM services to achieve defined outcomes through direct interactions with patients and providers in assigned care area(s). Prescribes, monitors, and adjusts medications related to PGx management. Monitors, and interprets pharmacogenomic results and other needed labs; implements follow up on treatment actions as clinically indicated. Evaluates third party pharmacogenomic testing results to determine clinical validity and utility for the Veteran served. Identifies and reconciles drug-gene, drug-gene-disease, and drug-drug-gene (i.e., phenoconversion) interactions. Ensures PGx testing and test results are handled in an ethical manner---also considering social and legal implications---and that patients are provided access to their genetic data when applicable. Designs patient-specific medication and dosage regimens based on a person's PGx profile and other pertinent factors, such as pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of a medication, drug-drug, and drug-gene interactions, comorbidities, patient demographics, and laboratory data to optimize patient outcomes. Clinical - Indirect Patient Care Activities Reviews patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, and therapeutic outcomes as required. Communicates findings with prescribers and provides appropriate recommendations for alternatives to current treatment plans as needed. Facilitate the creation of pharmacist-led specialty PGx services using either consult, e-consult, or care coordination agreement (CCA) functionality. Monitors and reports drug errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies, and patient compliance issues. Documents findings per facility procedures and in accordance with the VAADERS Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) reporting program. Assists the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee with pharmacogenomics reference laboratory and PGx test evaluations and other safety initiatives, as needed. Applies knowledge to interpret laboratory values in the evaluation of patient care, recognizes significant abnormalities, and makes dose adjustments or recommendations based on objective laboratory findings. Documents clinical interventions and patient care encounters in the electronic health record in a timely and professional manner as appropriate. Administrative Support / Program Management Advocate for the rational and ethical use of PGx testing as part of routine care. Educate healthcare professionals using academic detailing frameworks about PGx principles and appropriate indications and contra-indications for cost-effective PGx testing. Lead diffusion of the PGx pharmacist train the trainer program to offer training to pharmacy leaders, clinical pharmacists, clinical pharmacy practitioners, clinical pharmacy Practitioners, and pharmacy residents. Serves as a subject matter expert in PGx for assigned committees, workgroups, or interdisciplinary teams. Provides education to patients, their families and caregivers about medications, patient responsibilities, and information on health promotion. Participates in the appropriate, effective, and safe use of pharmaceuticals by contributing to criteria development, data collection, quality assurance and drug use evaluation and other quality improvement activities for core practice area(s) medication use and PGx. Administratively manage the PGx pharmacist train the trainer program tracking activity and reporting these data to PGx National. Supports and promotes compliance with established drug therapy policies, formulary management and criteria or prior authorization requirements that have been approved by national, VISN, or local pharmacy benefits management (PBM) and focuses on quality patient care in a cost-effective manner. Participates and facilitates departmental and organizational compliance with The Joint Commission (TJC), Office of General Counsel (OIG), and other applicable regulatory and accreditation regulations and guidelines regarding patient safety and care. Maintains effective interdepartmental relationships by committee membership, barrier resolution, active problem resolution skills, and close cooperation with other services in accomplishing the medical center mission and goals. Research Participates in design and/or completion of research studies and/or quality improvement projects involving drug therapy, clinical pharmacy functions, or improvements in patient care. Directs and/or participates in the preparation of articles for publication. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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