Integrated Clinical Pharmacist - Specialty Pharmacy

POSITION PURPOSE - position is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana

The Integrated Clinical Pharmacist is an integrated role within physician practices responsible for providing direct patient care for the avoidance, detection, and/or treatment of side effects for complex regimens or biological therapies. Supports both, the specialty pharmacy and physician practice as the primary contact for the specialty pharmacy, physicians, nurses, and patients.  Proactively influences medication use and makes recommendations concerning patient’s medication profile with an emphasis on improved drug utilization, decrease cost of hospitalization, and/or improved patient outcomes.  Assesses medication orders for appropriateness of therapy considering patient-specific factors and evaluates relevant laboratory results and/or tests or procedures. Participates in the collaborative management of patients with other members of the health care team, including medication reconciliations, goals of therapy management, target drug programs, medication usage guidelines, patient teachings, discharge teachings and performance improvement initiatives.  Precept pharmacy students, technician students in collaboration with the Pharmacy management team. Actively participates in developing and presenting educational topics, and staff development programs when requested.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Knows, understands, incorporates, and demonstrates the Trinity Health Mission, Vision, and Values in behaviors, practices, and decisions. Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary team to maximize safety, efficacy, and cost effectiveness of specialty medication therapy. Acts as a liaison and the single point of contact for the Specialty Pharmacy and the prescriber’s office to optimize patient care, improve efficiency and provide cost-effective pharmaceutical care. Works together with prescriber offices and specialty pharmacy to implement new programs and services in response to medical offices’ needs. Determines appropriateness of specialty medication based on indication, patient weight, renal function, liver function, and other patient-specific factors.  Ensures timely delivery of medication to patient from specialty pharmacy. Follows up or monitors patients newly started on specialty medication to evaluate for adverse drug events and adherence. Documents medication tolerance and assist clinicians in management of adverse reactions. Initiates or assist with the prescription benefits investigation process. In collaboration with the Specialty Pharmacy, ensures insurance prior authorizations and pursues insurance appeals as needed. Assists with obtaining third-party financial assistance for underinsured patients and/or obtaining medications at no charge through manufacturer assistance programs for uninsured and underinsured patients.  Serves as an expert drug information resource for patients, their families, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers. Provides patient education on appropriate self-administration of specialty medication. Participates in continuing education programs to maintain up to date skills and knowledge and maintain licensure. Works to improve their knowledge base of specialty medications, their actions and appropriate use in age-specific populations. Maintains competency in area of practice by attending seminars, obtaining continuing education credits and successfully completing all clinically generated disease state overviews Provides in-services and/or formal lectures for Specialty Pharmacy, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Medical staff to improve and maintain critical skills. Other duties as needed and assigned by the manager. Maintains a working knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, Trinity Health’s Organizational Integrity Program, Standards of Conduct, as well as other policies and procedures in order to ensure adherence in a manner that reflects honest, ethical, and professional behavior.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Must possess a comprehensive knowledge of Specialty Pharmacy and healthcare, as normally obtained through a Bachelor of Science or Doctorate of Pharmacy degree, and at least 1 year of hospital pharmacy or retail pharmacy experience and 2 years direct patient care experience. Clinical practice or specialty residency accredited by American Society of Hospital Pharmacists and/or BCPS certification preferred. Licensed as a Registered Pharmacist in the required state(s). Knowledge of Specialty Medications is a preferred. Knowledge of home infusion, mail order pharmacy or general pharmacy operations is preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other graphics or presentation software. Knowledge of Beacon, Epic, specialty pharmacy software, and pharmacy prescription adjudication systems. Must be comfortable operating in a collaborative, shared leadership environment. Must possess a personal presence characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity, and caring with the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, vision, goals, and values of Trinity Health.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

Must be able to set and organize own work priorities, and adapt to them as they change frequently.  Must be able to work concurrently on a variety of tasks/projects in an environment that may be stressful with individuals having diverse personalities and work styles.  Must possess the ability to comply with Trinity Health policies and procedures. Frequent immobility and/or sitting required for extended periods of time.  Some bending and stooping required.