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Beth Israel Lahey Health’s roots in providing top-quality health care date back nearly a century. We're fully committed to ensuring our patients receive the care they deserve. As a leading healthcare provider throughout New England, we aim to change the current state of health care for the better and make lasting improvements that guarantee access to our services.
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Population Health/Ambulatory
Wakefield, MassachusettsOrganization Facility: Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network Category: Pharmacy Job ID: JR12705 Date posted: 03/14/2023
When you join the growing BILH team, you're not just taking a job, you’re making a difference in people’s lives.
Work Shift:Day (United States of America)**Hybrid, with some remote and some in-office work (office location: 700 Edgewater Drive Wakefield, MA)**
The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Population Health works collaboratively with other health care providers and disciplines within the Clinical Excellence Division to improve patient outcomes and minimize total cost of care by promoting high-value, evidence-based pharmacotherapy. This is achieved through supporting Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network (BILHPN) clinicians through collaboration on the development and implementation of tools, programs and best practices to optimize medication outcomes and value-based contract performance. The scope and nature of patient care services are focused on optimizing patients’ therapeutic outcomes, and includes active involvement in interdisciplinary care activities, pharmacotherapy consultation, medication therapy monitoring, provision of drug information, education to both health care providers and patients, and guideline development and implementation. Additionally, the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist supports the safe, effective and efficient use of medications through Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee involvement and the development of prescribing guidelines, provider educational programs and network-wide communications.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:
1. Collaborate with other members of the health care team to develop prescribing initiatives to support cost-effective, evidence-based medication therapy to improve patient outcomes and reduce total cost of care.
2. Participate in creating resources, references, presentations, and other updates to support the application of evidence-based medicine to direct patient care.
3. Engage with stakeholders to communicate and distribute materials that are developed to support evidence-based medication use.
4. Serve as a resource to BILHPN providers and care managers for general drug information and pharmacy policy and implement initiatives through education and support.
5. Complete comprehensive medication histories and medication reconciliation. Review and assess medication regimens with focus on safety, efficacy, adherence and cost. Screen for drug interactions, therapeutic duplications, omissions, etc.
6. Recommend adjustment in medication regimens to improve patient outcomes. Monitor patients for therapeutic and/or adverse response to medication. Provide medication counseling to patients and caregivers. Proactively assess medication adherence, and refer patients to patient assistance programs as needed.
7. Document patient care activities in electronic health record and care management systems.
8. Assist in identifying and developing interventions for BILHPN patients that are not meeting target quality measures.
9. Participate in the development and support of medication utilization initiatives that promote the cost-effective use of pharmacotherapy for patients through involvement in evaluation of market and guideline influence on pharmacy cost and utilization trends.
10. Understand and communicate the impact of pharmacy utilization on patient outcomes and total medical expense by reviewing key therapeutic areas and monitoring guidelines and/or market changes.
11. Participate in the development and implementation of evidence-based treatment guidelines and operational policies and procedures.
Educational / Administrative Activities
1. Participate in the education and development of pharmacists, pharmacy residents and pharmacy students where applicable.
2. Participate in training of new employees and orientation of new health care providers where applicable.
3. Maintain applicable certifications, competencies and continuing education.
4. Sustain outstanding skills as a self-directed clinical pharmacy specialist and consistently demonstrate the value of pharmacy services through maintaining updated knowledge of contemporary pharmacy practice, clinical skills and health care policy
5. Attend all required departmental meetings as well as other meetings as assigned.
6. Promote Beth Israel Lahey Health through participation in professional organizations or meetings and conferences.
1. Must be a graduate of an accredited college of pharmacy.
Licensure, Certification & Registration:
2. Must possess Massachusetts pharmacist license in good standing at time of hire.
3. Current Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS), Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (BCACP) or Geriatric Pharmacy (CGP), or equivalent as approved by Manager, or must obtain certification within one year of eligibility or within a reasonable timeframe as approved by Manager.
1. Requires a minimum of 2 years’ experience within a collaborative ambulatory care practice or completion of a post-graduate pharmacy residency focused in ambulatory care pharmacy practice.
Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:
1. Requires analytical skills to evaluate the appropriateness of drug therapy including patient assessment, drug therapy monitoring, and pharmacotherapy principles in resolution of patient care problems related to medication therapy management and making drug therapy recommendations.
2. Requires strong literature evaluation skills and understanding of principles of evidence-based medicine.
3. Requires strong interpersonal and written skills to collaborate with all members of the healthcare team effectively to provide patient centered care.
4. Must be self-directed, proactive, assertive, and possess creative problem-solving skills.
5. Must be able to adapt to frequently changing expectations, responsibilities, and processes as outlined by leadership.
6. Must be facile with physician relations, developing systems and procedures, continuous quality improvement and fiscal management.
. Requires efficiency in use of Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Preferred Qualifications & Skills:
1. Ability to act as a team leader for different projects or work groups.
2. Experience in managed care principles.
3. Experience in interdisciplinary committee participation and therapy guideline development and provider-facing education
Key Business Relationships: (Title and Purpose)
1. Manager, Clinical Pharmacy Programs
- Direct reporting
2. Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network physicians and practice support staff
- Collaboration, facilitation and support toward best practice implementation
3. Pharmacy staff at Beth Israel Lahey Health hospitals and clinics
-Collaboration, alignment of initiatives, strategic priorities, support
4. BILHPN Care Management team members and colleagues
- Collaboration, alignment of initiatives, strategic priorities, support
5. BILHPN Clinical Excellence Division Leadership
- Through Manager, Clinical Pharmacy Programs, support discussions with key stakeholders to assist with strategic planning and program sustainability
Physical Requirements & Environment:
The position requires a high degree of mental and visual concentration.
Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally.
Hybrid, with both remote and onsite work (BILHPN offices - 700 Edgewater Drive, Wakefield, MA)