The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) for Pain Management assists Primary Care providers in co-managing high risk patients treated with opioids for chronic, non-malignant pain. This position requires specialization in drug therapy management and monitoring in patients with chronic pain. Major duties include, but are limited to: Certification in Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) and participating in BFA clinic for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Working on assigned Veteran population management measures and tracking progress on these dashboards (STROM, OEND, PDSI, SAILs, etc.) Monitors medication therapy for pain management in chronic pain, including initial assessment of new patients (initiates patient agreements, chart review, takes history, orders and evaluates lab tests, medication reconciliation) and follow-up of patients in clinics. Makes recommendations to other team members to optimize drug therapy, prevent and manage adverse drug events, and reduce medication errors. Provides drug information to physicians, nurses, trainees, and other health care professionals. Participates in interdisciplinary care conferences (SCAN-ECHO) related to the Pain Management program. Promotes rational pain management strategies utilizing current VA resources and the development of pain management protocols. Provides patients and family members with information about their medication regimen, and counsels them on appropriate use and expected adverse effects. Supervises and precepts pharmacy residents and students as assigned. Presents lectures and conferences to medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff and students concerning pain medication therapy. Participates in pharmacy research and supports medical center human research involving drugs. Assists in coordinating staff and resident research projects, presentations, and publications. Acts as a liaison between the Pain Management program, primary care providers, and the outpatient pharmacy. Participates in quality improvement activities related to assessing the effectiveness of pain management services. Conducts pharmacoeconomic analysis of unrelieved pain (prolonged length of stay, unanticipated outpatient visits). Evaluates physician orders as to appropriateness based on the patient's medication profile, inputs information into the computer system, and dispenses medications and supplies. Manages information security within areas of responsibility to assure that computer system security and confidentiality of sensitive information is maintained, and that employee access to sensitive information is limited only to that which the employee requires to perform their duties. Takes action as necessary to report and address violations of information security. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Pharmacist (Clinical Pharmacy Specialist)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
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.