Medication Use Practice Specialist

Banner Health - Phoenix, AZ3.8

Full-timeEstimated: $74,000 - $110,000 a year
A position in a Banner Health pharmacy is one you can look forward to. Join an engaging environment of full service, high technology and experience a wide variety of responsibilities. You’ll also see how important a pharmacy job is to our ability to make life easier for our patients. Come enjoy great challenges and build both your knowledge of the field and your analytical skills.

Banner Pharmacy Services provides innovative pharmacy services and coordinated patient care across the continuum with an emphasis on improving medication-related outcomes. As the Medication Use Practice Specialist, you will serve as a trusted advisor to clinical leaders at Banner Health and play a key role in clinical transformation efforts that aim to improve the quality, safety, and overall clinical effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare. You will be integral in identifying, designing, implementing, and monitoring strategies to enhance medication use in a clinically efficient and financially responsible manner across the organization. As one of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the nation, you will have the chance to make a big impact – both on your career and on countless lives across several states

Your pay and benefits (Total Rewards) are important components of your Journey at Banner Health. Banner Health offers a variety of benefit plans to help you and your family. We provide health and financial security options so you can focus on being the best at what you do and enjoying your life.

About Banner Pharmacy Services
Banner Pharmacy Services division provides excellent patient care across our entire continuum through convenient access, improved medication outcomes and innovative pharmacy practices. Banner Pharmacy Services will be recognized nationally as a clinical leader and trusted partner in proactively providing innovative pharmacy services through excellence in integration, care coordination, medication management and service to make a difference in people's lives. Banner is expanding its focus from being a hospital company to a clinical quality company focused on population health management. Clinical Pharmacy Services are also included in this robust new service line and are responsible for the management of the Banner formulary, development of standardized system wide clinical pharmacy services, and management of adverse drug event preventions. Clinical Pharmacy Services provides collaborative drug therapy management and educational interventions in patient care to optimize medication therapy, improve outcomes, promote wellness, and disease prevention.

About Banner Health
Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country and the leading nonprofit provider of hospital services in all the communities we serve. Throughout our network of hospitals, primary care health centers, research centers, labs, physician practices and more, our skilled and compassionate professionals use the latest technology to make health care easier, so life can be better. The many locations, career opportunities, and benefits offered at Banner Health help to make the Banner Journey unique and fulfilling for every employee.

Job Summary

This position is responsible for identifying, designing, implementing, and monitoring strategies used to enhance the use of medications in a clinically efficient and financially responsible manner at Banner Health. This includes supporting the enterprise-wide formulary system and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Clinical Consensus Group. Other responsibilities include leading medication-use evaluations and medication stewardship activities, developing clinical and business insights by analyzing large volumes of internal pharmacy data, communicating key information with stakeholders, and precepting pharmacy residents. This position works in close collaboration with facility-based pharmacy leadership teams and other key stakeholders to optimize clinical outcomes and facilitate cost-effective medication use.Essential Functions:- Supports the enterprise-wide formulary system and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Clinical Consensus Group. This includes developing and reviewing evidence-based formulary evaluations, participating in the day-to-day management of the formulary in all venues of care, continuously monitoring the formulary to identify opportunities to standardize and optimize medication use, and managing drug shortages.- Leads medication stewardship activities and initiatives that focus on minimizing medication costs, reducing waste, and improving the efficiency of healthcare. This includes identifying opportunities, along with prioritizing, designing, implementing, and monitoring strategies that address opportunities.- Promotes optimal medication therapy by leading system-wide medication-use evaluations and other clinical pharmacy initiatives that focus on improving medication use practices. Identifies suboptimal or potentially unsafe medication use practices by monitoring best practices, collaborating with subject matter experts, and analyzing internal data obtained from various sources. Designs, implements, and monitors solutions to address suboptimal medication use practices in collaboration with key stakeholders and the system-wide pharmacy and therapeutics committee.-Using pharmacovigilance and pharmacoeconomic principles, evaluates medication utilization trends across the organization. Synthesizes actionable clinical and business insights based on analysis of big data derived from incongruent sources (e.g., purchasing data from wholesaler, clinical data from the EHR). Provides medication evaluation and analytics support to various Banner Pharmacy Services business lines and partners.-Serves as a drug information resource for the system. Applies clinical and literature evaluation skills, knowledge of medication use processes, operations and policies to solve problems.-Creates and disseminates clear and concise communication related to the formulary system and other medication use initiatives.-Serves as a formal or informal preceptor for PGY1 and/or PGY2 pharmacy residents.

Essential Functions

Interprets internal and external business challenges and recommends best practices to improve services, processes or products.

Solves complex problems. Takes a broad perspective including coordination with others outside own work unit, to identify innovative solutions.

Anticipates customer needs; assesses requirements and identifies new solutions. Interacts primarily with department and cross-department peers, supervisor, customers, peers managers, patients and physicians.

Makes decisions guided by policies in non- standard situation. Impacts the achievement of operational, project or service objectives. Monitors and controls costs of own work and may manage budgets for moderate sized projects or programs.

Minimum Qualifications

Advanced degree or equivalent working knowledge in Pharmacy.

Board certification by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. Pharmacy license.

Significant experience, typically gained through 4+ years relevant experience. Strong background in drug information, formulary management, pharmacoeconomics/health outcomes, or related field Must have the ability to collect, analyze, and present data from a variety of sources to facilitate continuous improvements in medication safety, cost-savings, and pharmacoeconomic initiatives. Must possess demonstrated flexibility in responding to the needs of multiple constituencies with a service-oriented philosophy. Demonstrated ability to lead and facilitate interdisciplinary teams. Must also possess demonstrated skill in problem analysis, project management, conflict resolution and oral/written presentation. Requires ability to balance and manage multiple projects.

Preferred Qualifications

PGY2 or fellowship in drug information, pharmacoeconomics, or related program.Intermediate to expert level Microsoft Excel skills and/or experience with relational databases

Additional related education and/or experience preferred.