Option Care Pharmacist I in Chicago Specialty, Illinois

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Job Description Summary:

The Pharmacist II is a licensed professional who is responsible for providing safe and appropriate pharmacy services to Option Care patients in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Option Care, pharmacy practice professional standards, and applicable regulatory entities. The Pharmacist II coordinates patient services with the Nursing Department, monitors patient progress toward goals and educates patients, caregivers, staff and other professionals regarding appropriate medication use. This is an advanced Pharmacist level who takes on additional pharmacy operation responsibilities as assigned by the Pharmacy Manager.

Job Description:

Job Responsibilities:

  • Determines the suitability of individual patients for home care. Collects and organizes all patient-specific information needed to determine the suitability of patients for home care. Assesses patients' suitability for home care in accordance with Option Care policies. Medical condition and prescribed medication therapy suitable for home care services and prognosis with clearly defined outcome goals.

  • Designs, recommends, monitors and evaluates patient-specific pharmacy care plans for the pharmacotherapy of home care patients. When appropriate, makes suitable recommendations for modifications in the prescribed medication therapy or monitoring parameters for a home care patient. Collects and organizes patient-specific information needed to prevent, detect, and resolve medication-related problems and to make appropriate medication therapy recommendations. Appropriate monitoring parameters are identified for each patient. Completes nutritional assessment of patients and makes appropriate recommendation.

  • Modifies the pharmacy care plans for home care patients based on evaluation of monitoring data and other pertinent patient-specific information. Competent in use of pharmacokinetic principles and formulas. Competent in assessing patient laboratory values.

  • Provides medication-use education to Option Care staff, other professionals, home care patients and/or their caregivers. Uses effective patient education techniques to provide counseling to home care patients and/or their caregivers. Ensures continuity of pharmaceutical care to and from the home and other patient-care settings. Uses a systematic procedure to communicate pertinent patient information to and from the home and other patient-care settings.

  • Prepares and dispenses medications using appropriate techniques and following Option Care policies and procedures. Accurately calibrates equipment. Prepares medications so they are appropriately concentrated, without incompatibilities, stable, and appropriately stored. Adheres to appropriate safety and quality assurance practices. Prepares labels that conform to the organization's policies and procedures. Medication contains all necessary and/or appropriate ancillary labels. Inspects the final medication before dispensing. Assures presence of authorization to dispense. Complies with state/federal laws and USP standards, including Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) controlled substance regulations set forth by the state and DEA. Complies with policies regarding the perpetual inventory systems for schedule II narcotics, controlled substances and other medications subject to diversion.

  • Manages the use, maintenance, and troubleshooting of medication administration equipment and medication-related equipment used in the management of home care patients. Accurately programs, maintains and gives advice to others on the use and maintenance of all medication administration and medication-related equipment used by Option Care.

  • Participates in the process for assessing, managing, and reporting medication-related incidents and equipment error and/or failures. Accurately completes QAR documents according to the Option Care policy. Monitors and reports discrepancies in perpetual inventory systems for schedule II narcotics and other medications subject to diversion. Provides concise, applicable, and timely response to requests for drug information from health care providers and home care patients. Formulates responses to drug information requests based on analysis of the literature. Attends educational seminars or participates in other CEU opportunities in order to promote professional competency and comply with state mandated CEU requirements.

  • Provides in-service education to physicians, nurses, pharmacy technicians, and other practitioners on home care pharmacy-related issues. Designs effective educational programs for physicians, nurses, pharmacy technicians, and other practitioners on home care pharmacy-related issues.

  • Manages the use of investigational drug products according to established regulations and Option Care policies and procedures. Utilizes pharmacy support personnel effectively. Prioritizes the workload and organizes the workflow, taking into account available resources. Needed work is accomplished in the time available. Ensures the accuracy of the work of pharmacy support personnel.

  • Maintains confidentiality of patient and proprietary information. Observes legal and ethical guidelines for safeguarding the confidentiality of patient and proprietary Option Care information. Participates in other operational responsibilities such as: oversees staff scheduling, oversees controlled substance, record keeping and reporting process, Pharmacy performance improvement activities.

  • In all activities, complies with accreditation, legal, regulatory, and safety requirements.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

None

Basic Education and/or Experience Requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited School of Pharmacy

  • Current, active Pharmacy license as granted by the State Board of Pharmacy

  • At least 3 to 5 years of experience in sterile IV admixture procedures OR 2 years and one of the following (a) knowledge of non-sterile compounding, immunizations and MTM (b) completion of an ASHP accredited Pharmacy Residency Program, (c) completion of an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience associated with an accredited school of pharmacy or (d) equivalent experience as approved by the VP of Pharmacy and/or SVP of Clinical Services.

Basic Qualifications & Interests:

  • Access to a reliable means of transportation which will enable the incumbents to make home visits to treat/attend to their patients. If such means of transportation would include a personal vehicle, a valid driver’s license and a proof of insurance would be required.

  • Experience providing customer service to internal and external customers, including meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

  • Basic level skill in Microsoft Word (for example: opening a document, cutting, pasting and aligning text, selecting font type and size, changing margins and column width, sorting, inserting bullets, pictures and dates, using find and replace, undo, spell check, track changes, review pane and/or print functions).

  • Basic level skill in Microsoft Excel (for example: opening a workbook, inserting a row, selecting font style and size, formatting cells as currency, using copy, paste and save functions, aligning text, selecting cells, renaming a worksheet, inserting a column, selecting a chart style, inserting a worksheet, setting margins, selecting page orientation, using spell check and/or printing worksheets).

  • Basic skill level in Microsoft PowerPoint (for example: inserting, rearranging, hiding and deleting slides, navigating between slides, increasing list level, adding, centering and editing text, changing views, inserting a table or a note, moving objects, printing outline view and/or running a slide show).

Travel Requirements: Willing to travel up to 5% of the time for business purposes (within state).

Preferred Qualifications & Interests:

Completion of a Post Graduate residency program.

Experience in home care, hospital or other clean room setting

At least 3 years of experience clinically managing patients.

This job description is to be used as a guide for accomplishing Company and department objectives, and only covers the primary functions and responsibilities of the position. It is in no way to be construed as an all-encompassing list of duties.

Option Care subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, making employment available without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status according to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Option Care is a leading provider of home and alternate treatment site infusion services. With a staff of more than 1,700 clinical experts – including specially trained infusion nurses, infusion pharmacists and registered dietitians – Option Care treats patients with a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Comprehensive therapy management programs are offered for patients with nutrition disorders, bleeding disorders and heart failure, as well as those needing immunoglobulin (IG) therapy and anti-infective therapy. Option Care is able to provide services to 92% of the nation’s population through more than 90 infusion pharmacies and 100 alternate treatment sites across the country.

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