The Acute Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Acute Care-CPS) uses expertise in pharmacotherapy to optimize patient care. Serves as a licensed independent provider of inpatient pharmacy with prescribing privileges as outlined in the individual's Scope of Practice. The primary responsibility of Acute Care-CPS is provision of evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through both direct and indirect interaction with patients and providers. Duties include but are not limited to: Clinical: Directly involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of therapeutic drug plans to achieve definite outcomes through direct interactions with patients and providers in assigned areas. Acts as a provider with specialty training and scope of practice (as approved by facility Professional Standards Board) in Acute Care providing expertise to other providers, pharmacists, nursing and other disciplines as appropriate. Obtains medication histories from patients and summarizes significant findings in the medical record and/or to provider as appropriate. Reviews patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, and appropriate therapeutic outcomes. Communicates findings with prescribers and provides appropriate alternatives to current treatment plans as needed Drug Information: Serves as an authority on drug usage, interactions, dosages, and compliance to medical staff, nursing staff, technicians and students. Effectively instructs patients and family members in the appropriate use of medications and medical devices. Is able to adjust communication and tracking methods based on age and developmental considerations. Is able to accurately assess and document patient comprehension. Is able to refer patients to educational programs provided at the medical center by multidisciplinary teams. Education and Training: Demonstrates knowledge of the standards established by DEA, FDA, VA, the state, and the Joint Commission. Participates in P&T Committee functions and assignments as required, e.g., ADR monitoring, medication error reporting, Medication Utilization Evaluation activities, drug monographs/reviews, etc. Attends and actively participates in all clinical pharmacy activities, i.e., staff development, residency conferences, etc. Designs and provides education based on targeted performance areas and data to targeted providers, pharmacists and clinical teams. Performance Measures: Maintains current knowledge, responsibility, and understanding of VISN 21 PBM, local and national performance measures in areas of assignment. Maintains current knowledge for access and use of VISN 21 PBM dashboards. Provides and promotes cost effective pharmacy services, offering reasonable and appropriate alternatives to high cost drugs. Administrative: Maintains current knowledge, responsibility, and understanding of VISN 21 PBM, local and national performance measures in areas of assignment. Provides and promotes cost effective pharmacy services, offering reasonable and appropriate alternatives to high cost drugs. Identifies new performance measures to improve quality of care. Research: Actively collaborates with VASNHS staff in the design and implementation of research protocols, and collection of data and participates in the analysis and interpretation of the results. Participates in collaborative research studies involving drug therapy with other services. Supervises projects as required by pharmacy residents and students. Work Schedule: Rotating Schedule to include nights, weekends, and holidays. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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