The Transitions of Care Pharmacist is responsible for involvement in the clinical aspects of pharmaceutical patient care including interaction with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers.
The Pharmacist will optimize medication therapy management to improve clinical, economic and humanistic outcomes.
A day in the life of a Transitions Care Pharmacist at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:
- Conducts Comprehensive Medication Reviews, and Targeted Interventions to assess appropriateness of all medications including dose and drug regimen to optimize medication therapy and improve clinical outcomes.Engages in active patient-centered medication therapy management through transitional care including medication reconciliation services and discharge assistance: patient counseling on appropriate medical therapy, medication history, admissions and discharge medication reconciliations, facilitation of patient care, coordination of benefits, authorizations and formulary management.
- Assist with managing medication costs through coordination of benefits, assistance with prior authorization, formulary adherence, pill splitting, avoiding unnecessary and/or duplicate medication therapies and optimization of the medication regimen.
- Consults with the prescriber, the interdisciplinary care team, the patient and/or caregiver to identify/develop patient specific disease state therapy goals.
- Provides interdisciplinary support and collaboration; communicates and documents clinical recommendations/interventions to prescribers and the interdisciplinary care team.
- Provides and follows up on recommended interventions with prescribers, interdisciplinary care team, other pharmacists, patients and/or caregivers, including appropriate documentation of recommendations and interventions.
- Coordinates medication reconciliation across the continuum of care and monitoring to improve clinical outcomes and to help prevent unnecessary readmissions, lapses in care and adverse drug reactions.
- Attends interdisciplinary rounds to assist with medication-related plans for day of discharge.
- Identify additional therapies needed or therapies no longer needed.
- Assists with staffing as deemed necessary by the Director of Pharmacy.
- Lifts a minimum of 10 lbs., pushes and pulls a minimum of 40 lbs. and stands a minimum of 4 hours a day.
- Identifies the needs of the patient population served and modifies and delivers care that is specific to those needs (i.e., age, culture, language, hearing and/or visually impaired, etc.) This process includes communicating with the patient, parent and/or primary caregiver(s) at their level (developmental/age, educational, literacy, etc.).
- Adheres to the standards identified in the Medical Center's Organizational Competencies.
- BS in Pharmacy or PharmD from a college accredited by ACPE or graduate of a foreign college of pharmacy is required
- Two years of work experience.
- Strong clinical therapeutic skills and demonstration of knowledge of appropriate medication dosing in geriatric and adult populations.
- Must be self-directed and possess excellent organizational skills.
- Pharmacy Residency (PGY-1) preferred
Performance of the 5 Core Elements of Medication Therapy Management Services:
Comprehensive Medication Therapy Review (CMR)
Personal Medication Record (PMR)
Medication-Related Action Plan
Interventions and Referrals
Documentation of Services and Follow-Up
- Communicates effectively, and possesses strong verbal and written skills. Ability to articulate information in a clear and concise manner and to relate peers, prescribers, interdisciplinary care team, patients and/or caregiver.
Demonstrates excellent listening skills, and maintains empathy with callers in tone, language, questions and counseling.
Ability to probe and question patients and providers to extract information to understand concerns and needs.
Demonstrates professional conduct in dealing with healthcare providers, patients and/or caregivers at all times.
- Requisition # 2018-57004