The Mental Health (MH) Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) Telehealth Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) is a licensed pharmacist with mental health experience. Includes taking responsibility for outcomes associated with medication use, referral of requests to the appropriate level of care, process improvement, and functioning at the highest level of clinical practice by working independently per their scope of practice as a mid-level provider to perform comprehensive pharmaceutical care. Major Duties: Mental Health Program Services: The MH CBOC Telehealth CPS will participate in a patient-focused, team-based multi-disciplinary model of patient centered care to promote positive patient outcomes through direct and indirect interaction with patients and providers. Activities include: Serves as a mid-level provider by directing therapy; ordering lab tests; performing physical assessments; and initiating, modifying and discontinuing medications as defined within the CPS's scope of practice (SOP). The incumbent will be evaluated through Clinical Pertinence Review for SOP. Orders and consults will be accurate and appropriately documented. Physicians or other appropriate health care professionals are contacted when necessary. Patient care will be appropriately and accurately documented. Participates in a patient-focused, team-based multi-disciplinary model of patient centered care to promote positive patient outcomes through direct and indirect interaction with patients and providers through highly innovative methods of health care delivery in clinic and through telehealth. The CPS will work collaboratively with MH prescribers to provide medication management visits for patients that require ongoing management or frequent titrations of their therapy. Examples of this include benzodiazepine tapers, prazosin titrations for PTSD-related nightmares, ongoing clozapine monitoring and titration, and complex psychotropic drug cross titrations.). The CPS will support primary care providers through collaboration with PCMHI and BHL team members for medication management visits for patients requiring initiation or adjustment of mental health medications. The MH CPS can assist with appropriate monitoring of psychotropic medications (e.g., metabolic monitoring. For a small panel of patients, the CPS may serve as the primary provider for assigned patients and provide ongoing management of these patients Pharmacy Program Services: The MH CBOC Telehealth CPS will be involved in the independent professional practice of pharmacy in accordance with the guidelines set forth in pharmacy service policies and procedures, VA Regulations, and state and federal laws governing the practice of pharmacy. The incumbent will work in conjunction with other clinical pharmacists and health care professionals to form an organized team approach to the delivery of pharmaceutical care. Maintains work flow patterns that assure timely delivery of outpatient ambulatory care pharmacy services, ensures accurate and timely documentation of encounters and follow up orders. May oversee technical and nonprofessional staff. Effectively organizes workload, solves and achieves established goals. Participates in quality improvement activities, pharmacoeconomic initiatives (e.g., drug conversions), committees, and workgroups in support of the pharmacy service strategic plan in all areas of the outpatient pharmacy section. Education Assists in the training of pharmacy employees, pharmacy residents and Pharm.D. students as assigned by the Associate Chief of Pharmacy for Education and Quality Assurance. The incumbent develops appropriate rotations and learning opportunities for pharmacists, pharmacy residents and/or pharmacy students. Precepts trainees in advanced clinical pharmacy practice areas. These learning experiences will be documented and evaluated appropriately and timely. Project Management Contributes to the quality assurance of the MVAHCS Clinical Pharmacy Service. Contributes to the evaluation plan of the MVAHCS Clinical Pharmacy Service as requested by the Clinical Pharmacy Program Managers. This will include evaluation of both process and outcome measures. Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This position is a Temporary Position which can be terminated at any time based on funding or the needs of the agency.
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.