Director of Pharmacy Standards

Posted on Nov 14, 2018 by Affinity Executive Search

Nashville, TN 37201
Senior Appointments
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

SUMMARY: Provide information system management in order to manage, plan, communicate, and support company standardized medication use strategies including formulary management, clinical initiatives, interdisciplinary clinical collaboratives, and other medication use policies and standards.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

* Provide expertise and resource in a high performance team (cross-organizational, interdisciplinary) alongside Operations Special Services and Clinical Information Systems resources to ensure companymedication use standardization with all systems and platforms (e.g., formulary, drug file, dose range checking, concentration, warning/alerts, etc.) and successful Cerner integration and maintenance.
* Collaboratively implement Formulary Standards within multiple computerized workflows, including but not limited to multiple drug file databases (e.g., Cerner, MedHost, HMS, other).
* Collaboratively develop, implement and maintain best practice and maintain companymedication use standards with all companypharmacy information systems.
* Collaboratively develop, implement and maintain best practice workflow standards for Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) consistent with existing enterprise pharmacy direction supporting the enterprise vision and mission.

* Assist with Formulary decisions as requested.

* Select new items for inclusion and exclusion in the master drug formulary based on an objective evaluation of therapeutic efficacy, safety, and cost.
* Identify opportunities, develop and revise clinical initiatives, and create medication use policy to meet clinical, financial, and strategic needs and objectives.
* Provide clinical resource to amend and approve drug library changes in Cerner in coordination with Clinical IS.

* Communicate formulary decisions (additions, deletions, substitutions, new and revised policies, new and revised restrictions, new and revised usage criteria) at least monthly
* Manage formulary database (currently Micromedex Advisor)
* Ensure that only the most useful of similar medications are routinely available for distribution and administration to patients
* Establish programs and procedures that ensure optimum standards for rational and cost-effective drug therapy
* Liaison with prescribers and appropriate professional staff for specialty input to formulary decisions
* Establish guidelines and clinical initiatives for the routine use of formulary medications which are associated with a narrow therapeutic range, exceptional risk of toxicity, or excessive cost
* Measure and review non-formulary drug product use within affiliate institutions
* Monitor and assist affiliates with clinical initiatives
* Periodically review problems and participate in quality assurance activities related to the distribution, administration, or prescribing of medications within the institution
* Assist in the development of educational programs designed to increase professional awareness on matters related to drugs and drug prescribing within the institution
* Lead educational efforts associated with formulary and appropriate use of medications
* Provides technical guidance to employees
* Develops processes and procedures to implement functional strategies
* Applies expertise to improve effectiveness and provide guidance to affiliates
* Recognizes development needs and capability gaps in own area and arranges specific projects/assignments to address needs
* Builds confidence and respect of others through a positive and energizing style
* Accepts responsibility for establishing goals and achieving results, holding self-accountable for results
* Interprets internal/external business issues and adapts work priorities in own area
* Assists in the definition of strategic plans for assigned scope of responsibilities and services
* Works with affiliate pharmacy staff and other customers to anticipate and interpret customer needs and business challenges
* Identifies quality and service-oriented customer solutions and shares key learnings with others
* Resolves operational problems that impact the effectiveness of own area
* Accepts responsibility for achieving results, holds self-accountable for results expected.
* Interprets internal/external business issues and adapts work priorities in own area.
* Assists in the definition of strategic plans for assigned scope of responsibilities and services.
* Upholds, safeguards and promotes the organizations values and philosophy relating to ethics, integrity, corporate and social responsibility
* Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

* Excellent technical, management, operational and clinical knowledge of hospital pharmacy and facility patient care workflow at all levels of care within an acute healthcare setting.

* Significant demonstrated knowledge and competence in hospital medication use policy, formulary management, medication-related laws and regulations, clinical pharmacy practice, treatment protocols, pharmacy informatics, CPOE, BCMA, and electronic prescribing, and success working with physicians, nurses, and other disciplines.
* Excellent written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, presentation and computer skills.
* Demonstrate experience and the ability to manage multiple groups, interact productively with varying levels of personnel and staff, and provide program direction and development.
* Ability to produce and utilize data for projects tracking and outcomes achievement
* Ability to prioritize projects and resolve conflicting priorities
* Ability to develop policies and procedures, performance and scorecards, assessment forms and other tools related to performance and quality metrics.
* Demonstrated leadership abilities; flexibility to accept and manage change
* Identify educational needs and provide educational support as appropriate for each facility

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

To perform this job successfully, an individual should be adept in use of MS Office Suite, particularly Excel, Word, and Outlook. Access and/or Visio, a plus. Also a plus would be working knowledge of Cerner Millenium PharmNet and MedHost pharmacy build tools.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

* Sitting Frequently (34-66%)
* Walking Frequently (34-66%)
* Standing Frequently (34-66%)
* Bending Occasionally (1-33%)
* Squatting Occasionally (1-33%)
* Climbing Occasionally (1-33%)
* Kneeling Occasionally (1-33%)
* Twisting Occasionally (1-33%)
* Lifting (0-50 lbs) Occasionally (34-66%)

Doctor of Pharmacy degree or BS Pharmacy degree with significant commensurate experience specific to Key Responsibilities; Masters degree in a related field (e.g., Information Systems, Pharmacy, Business Administration) a plus. State Pharmacy Licensure. Board Certification in a Pharmacy Specialty excluding Nuclear Pharmacy a plus.


Reference: 559199074

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