As the program manager for pharmaco-economics, the pharmacist develops, and coordinates Pharmacy and health care system activities directed at the containment and reduction of medication therapy costs with emphasis on providing safe, and cost-effective medication therapy to patients. Pharmacy residency program director (RPD), this pharmacist is responsible for the direction and oversight of the Pharmacy residency program at the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC). 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. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment in paragraph 2, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. 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. Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the assignments listed below. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Facility Program Manager: 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. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the KSAs identified below. 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. Preferred Experience: Applicant should have leadership skills to work with pharmacy residents and VA experience working with cost saving initiatives effecting pharmacy cost savings References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/55 PART II APPENDIX G15 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: A. The work requires physical exertion such as reaching, bending, standing, walking, climbing, pushing, pulling, and kneeling. Occasionally may need to lift or carry up to 15 pounds. Use of both hands and fingers for fine motor skills (manipulate and open medication bottles, data entry, etc.). Due to the nature of the work environment, ability to distinguish basic colors and shades is required. Near and far vision must be correctable to perform tasks. B. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts and repetitive movements which require normal safety precautions typical in a clinical pharmaceutical setting. C. The work area is to be adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. The employee may work with cleaning/disinfecting wipes and rubbing alcohol. D. Employees may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, goggles, gloves, or shields to minimize risks in certain circumstances. E. The work requires direct patient contact; appropriate personal protective equipment is to be used. F. The employee may need to meet requirements as set forth by the facility to operate a government vehicle ["Pharmaco-economic Pharmacist/Pharmacy Residency Program Director As the Pharmacy residency program director (RPD), this pharmacist is responsible for the direction and oversight of the Pharmacy residency program, including the preceptors, and is committed to serving as a role model and providing effective training of Pharmacy residents. Functions: A. Pharmacoeconomics: (40%) 1. Identifies and implements strategies to optimize the cost-effective use of medications. Identifies target areas, formulates and develops plans for implementation, performs training of staff, and provides documentation to assess progress for pharmacoeconomic programs. Continuously reviews and reports pharmacoeconomic cost-savings statistics and compliance. 2. Actively participates in the development of local and VISN formulary decisionsto promote literature-based cost-effective medication therapy. 3. Responsible for tracking and trending non-formulary and restricted formulary medication use, identifying prescribing patterns, identifying formulary alternatives, asses appropriate use, and working with providers and Pharmacy non-formulary review pharmacists to identify prescribing alternatives and strategies. 4. Coordinates and conducts prospective and retrospective drug use evaluations of high-use, high-cost, or high-risk drugs. Reviews and analyzes data, prepares reports, makes recommendations for corrective action, and develops educational programs or recommendations to influence prescriptive decision making and change inappropriate prescribing practice. 5. Responsible for review of national procurement contract compliance, to include tracking and trending usage and providing recommendations and support for implementation. 6. Collaborates and coordinates efforts toward addressing product recalls, patient safety announcements, and patient safety notifications when necessary and applicable. 7. Collaborates and coordinates efforts to address product shortages and procurement issues, identifying and communicating strategies to offer alternative product selection, and develops conversions and prescribing strategies. 8. Responsible for tracking, trending and reporting adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and inputs information into appropriate databases (e.g. FDA MedWatch, VADERS). 9. Serves as an active member of the local and VISN Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee. Facilitates the local Pharmacoeconomic and Procurement (PEP) workgroup meetings. Participates on other local and VISN pharmacoeconomic workgroups, sub-committees and committees as assigned. 10. Assists the Pharmacy Service and the health care system with policy and procedure review, compliance with VA National handbooks and directives, and regulatory compliance. 11. Assists in the identification, development, and implementation of new programs or services within the pharmacoeconomic or clinical Pharmacy areas of practice. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0800-1630 Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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