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AmeriCare Services offers three categories of Pharmacy opportunities. They include:

 

Pharmacist

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a license to practice pharmacy as issued by the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy.

Role Description

This is professional pharmaceutical work of a staff or clinical nature at a state-operated facility. A resource compounds and dispenses physicians' prescriptions, including a variety of ointments, powders, solutions, medicines, drugs, and other pharmaceutical supplies used in the facility. Work includes the filling of ward requisitions for narcotics, solutions and drug supplies, and the maintenance of accurate records of narcotics, depressant and stimulant drugs and alcohol dispensed. Resources review the medication records of patients and report potential adverse drug interactions. Work may include participating with doctors, nurses and other professional personnel as a member of an inter-disciplinary treatment team charged with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient/resident at the facility. The resource may direct the work of pharmacy assistants and custodial or non-technical personnel. Work is performed under the general supervision of a higher level pharmacist who reviews work periodically for accuracy and adherence to facility policies and procedures and professional standards.

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Pharmacist Technician

Minimum Qualifications

One year of experience assisting a licensed pharmacist in the preparation and dispensing of medications in a hospital pharmacy or any equivalent combination of experience and training.

Role Description

This resource will perform work in the pharmacy of a state facility. A resource in this position performs a variety of non-professional pharmacy tasks under supervision of a registered pharmacist. Work includes assisting in the preparation of various pharmaceutical preparations, including the packaging and labeling of individual or bulk prescriptions. Work also includes the maintenance of pharmaceutical supply stocks and the performance of related housekeeping duties. Supervision is received from a professional pharmacist who reviews all work in accordance with prescribed practices and procedures.

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Pharmacy Director

Minimum Qualifications

Graduate of an approved pharmacy school. Be a licensed Clinical Pharmacist (preferably a PharmD) by the State Board of Pharmacy or accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education. Have knowledge of federal and state legislation policies and regulations governing pharmaceutical programs. Be experienced in the creation of clinical pharmaceutical programs. Demonstrate an understanding of utilization review processes. Possess basic computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office programs.

Role Description

Manage the development of the operations design for the Fee For Service Pharmacy program. Manage the development of Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the procurement of private sector contractors to operate the program. Manage the procurement process for any pharmaceutical contract(s), including chair the pre-proposal conference, respond to potential bidders questions, chair the Evaluation Committee and make recommendations for contract award. Manage the negotiation and renewals of pharmacy contracts, including identifying key components of new and renewal contracts and assuring contractual time frames are met. Develop program policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations and requirements. Develop and have oversight of approved federal waivers and State Plan Amendments necessary to implement and operate a pharmacy program. Develop budgetary support of program and maintain oversight of all financial components including rate negotiations, payment to contractors, cost effectiveness and guaranteed cost savings. Develop and maintain oversight of information and claims systems support and determine necessary upgrades and modifications. Establish management and operational reports. Oversee the collection of data. Set performance benchmarks and goals for measurement and analysis of pharmacy data. Serve as Pharmacy liaison to other divisions to assist with the coordination of care. Work collaboratively with clinical staff in support of disease management and special needs through quality improvement. Develop and chair Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Oversee all quality initiatives including the development of quality measures, collection of data, analysis, and quality improvement activities. Determine ongoing individual and program needs. Develop and provide necessary technical assistance regarding program operations. Evaluate and revise program objectives. Analyze and revise policies as necessary. Serve as a lead in the development of new pharmacy initiatives. Represent pharmacy in public forums. Prepare speeches and briefing materials for senior Department of Public Welfare staff. Oversee all aspects of provider, consumer, legislator, departmental and federal government staff education. Coordinate regularly with other Bureau Directors and Division Chiefs as required.

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