The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist MH functions at the highest level of clinical practice and top of licensure and serves as an advanced practice provider working independently with prescribing privileges as outlined in the individual's practice area based scope of practice. The position is at CVAC Columbus, GA. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. The CPS provider delivers evidence based comprehensive medication management (CMM) through direct patient care and as part of the interdisciplinary team providing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) management. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; implementing risk mitigation strategies and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. The CPS provider manages medication therapy by initiating, modifying and discontinuing medication both independently and in collaboration with the qualifying practitioner (i.e. provider with X-waiver) when needed. The CPS provider will follow patients in direct care setting to achieve therapeutic goal and make referrals as needed to optimize patient outcomes and treatment success. The CPS provider serves as the care coordinator, facilitating the appropriate level of care for patients, and is responsible for providing and documenting care of assigned patients. The CPS provider will have knowledge of VA/DOD clinical practice guidelines, The Joint Commission (T JC) standards, Veterans Affairs (VA) performance measures, VA Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) initiatives and will integrate these standards into practice. The CPS provider will participate as a subject matter expert in national, VISN, and facility committees related to substance use disorders and opioid safety initiatives (OSI) and assist with quality improvement projects. Indirect patient care activities include teaching/mentoring trainees, participating in quality assurance and improvement projects, supporting research, staff education and consultation. The CPS provider will perform their duties within Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHCS) Mental Health/Behavioral Health clinics/PACT teams. CPS may work virtually using telehealth technologies when the team requirements do not necessitate a full time CPS provider be physically present upon supervisor review and approval. The CPS provider will be given appropriate resources and physical space (i.e. treatment room) for the direct care of their patients. Services provided by the staff are conducted via multiple modalities, including virtual and in-person care. Virtual modalities include Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT), VA Video Connect (WC) and Telephone. This position may require travel to other CAVHCS facilities to include the Community Based Outreach Clinics (CBOC). Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm 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.