OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
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Montana VA has served veterans since the end of World War I, when Fort William Henry Harrison became a Public Health Service hospital and then VA medical facility, treating soldiers with tuberculosis caused by mustard gas and other chemicals and fumes. Today, half of the almost 100,000 Veterans that call Montana home, are enrolled in the Montana VA Health Care System, which provides services in every major city in the state through eleven community based clinics, two telehealth outreach clinics, the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center (VAMC), the Billings Health Care Center, and the Miles City Community Living Center. Fort Harrison VAMC, just outside of Helena, is a 24-bed acute care, medical-surgical facility that offers a broad range of acute, chronic, and specialized inpatient, outpatient, and telemedicine services for both male and female Veterans. The 24-bed Behavioral Health facility provides services for patients needing treatment for PTSD and Substance Abuse.
The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, and works independently under their individual scope of practice to directly care for patients, primarily in the area of Anticoagulation management. The primary functions include serving as a consultant for medication therapy management services, as well as initiating, modifying, discontinuing and monitoring warfarin and other anticoagulants according to their specific scope of practice. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, implementing and participating in patient treatment clinics, medication profile reviews, patient education and medication reconciliation, developing and monitoring therapeutic plans, medication usage evaluations, provision of drug information and staff and pharmacy student training in this area. The primary goals are to ensure that appropriate, rational and cost-effective drug therapy is provided to patients.
Clinical - Direct Patient Care Activities requiring a scope of practice (dependent upon the incumbent's training and experience)
Completes face to face and telephone patient visits for comprehensive medication management of patients on anticoagulants.
Orders and follows up on appropriate lab testing to monitor and support recommended drug therapy
Clinical - Indirect patient care activities
Evaluates physician orders and patient treatment for appropriateness of therapy, patient's response to therapy, adverse drug effects, pertinent laboratory monitoring, poly-pharmacy, cost containment issues and prescribing compliance with established protocols.Communicates findings with prescribers and provides appropriate alternatives to current treatment plans as needed. Obtains medication histories from patients, assesses adverse drug reactions, allergies, patient compliance and drug errors, and documents all appropriately in CPRS in a timely and professional manner. Evaluates restricted and non-formulary requests, and applies national and VISN guidelines to arrive at an informed decision to approve or offer alternatives. Performs and directs medication usage reviews and other safety initiatives in the outpatient area.
Monday - Friday; 8:00am to 4:30pm or as agreed upon with possibility of extended hours and weekends. NOTE: Candidates must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Occasional travel - Occassional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.