Health Maintenance Organization, Hospital/Institutional, Long Term Care, Other
Specialty Practice Areas:
Ambulatory Care, Anticoagulation, Diabetes, Drug Information, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacy Practice, Primary Care
The Pharmacy Clinical Practice Specialist (PCPS) will work with providers, nurses, and pharmacy staff to provide appropriate recommendations regarding treatment alternatives or additional interventions that maximize patient outcomes taking into consideration choice of therapy, safety, efficacy, formulary status, and pharmaco-economics.
The PCPS will serve as a resource for advanced drug information support and expertise in ambulatory care for other staff. The PCPS will provide drug therapy management through the establishment of a pharmacist-operated patient care clinic and/or telehealth clinic. The PCPS will collaborate with other clinical specialists on pharmacy training to promote learning and performance of pharmacists, technicians, residents, and students. The PCPS will serve as a clinical instructor and preceptor for pharmacy students and residents.
The PCPS will maintain effective interdepartmental relationships by committee membership, problem resolution, and close cooperation with other departments to accomplish the organization’s mission and goals. The goal is to foster a patient-focused, team-based multidisciplinary model of care that promotes rationale drug prescribing and monitoring to ensure positive outcomes are achieved with medication use. Problem solving, team building, communication, and administrative skills are essential. This position requires a high degree of visibility and interaction with Senior Leadership, Pharmacy Management Team and employees.
Drug therapy management via clinic, telemedicine or patient care rounds
Provider consultations & drug regimen reviews
Member of P&T Subcommittee
Drug use policy development
Development of clinical practice guidelines
Utilization review & monitoring of prescribing trends
Education for pharmacy staff and health care staff.
Preceptor for residency and student rotations
Participation in performance improvement programs
Provide pharmaco-economic consultations
About University of Texas Medical Branch Correctional Managed Care
UTMB Correctional Managed Care:
Originally established as a partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 1994, the UTMB CMC provides managed health care for offenders in adult and juvenile correctional facilities throughout the state including medical, dental, mental health, and pharmacy services.
CMC is also among the world’s leader in telemedicine and electronic medical records applications. With 4 million documented patient encounters per year, UTMB CMC is known for its innovative programs and creative solutions in the fields of correctional health care in jails, state prisons, juvenile detention centers and federal prisons.
UTMB - Correctional Managed Care Department of Pharmacy:
Comprehensive pharmacy services are provided to correctional facilities across the state. Distribution services are provided from a centralized facility in Huntsville, Texas. The facility incorporates automated technology that has eliminated pharmacist final check. This allows pharmacists to perform in-depth profile review and to provide other services that support the health care staff in ensuring safe and effective use of medications.
Clinical pharmacy services ...are decentralized. With a unique knowledge of medications, current research, and hands-on clinical experience, pharmacists develop solutions for managing pharmaceutical care. Services are designed to improve clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness.
A range of services are offered and include medication therapy management, academic detailing and educational programs, drug information, P&T Committee consulting, non-formulary consulting, formulary management, and clinical guideline development. The Department serves as a clinical internship site for pharmacy students and offers an ASHP accredited residency program. The staff includes 9 managers, 29 pharmacists, 8 clinical pharmacists, 1 resident and 87 support staff.