The next Director, AHP Pharmacy Services will build upon a solid foundation and define the next phase of evolution of AHP’s pharmacotherapy services with the goal of optimally meeting the pharmacotherapy needs of AHP’s patient population. The Director is an experienced clinical pharmacist with skills and experiences relevant to value based pharmacy care who has responsibility to lead the continuing development and successful implementation of medication optimization strategies across the AHP network. AHP’s pharmacy vision is to be a leader in improving population health and medication-related outcomes by optimizing value-based prescribing and drug use. To meet that vision, AHP executes a three-pronged strategy: 1) create an efficient drug utilization management program, 2) integrate clinical pharmacy services in ambulatory team-based care, and 3) partner to implement improvements to the medication use system. The Director is expected to lead the pharmacy team and also to collaborate with multiple stakeholders including AHP leadership, AHP staff, physicians, content experts, care managers, and pharmacy colleagues across the network in the process of developing medication optimization strategies. The Director will effectively utilize available data to identify strategic opportunities, target drug utilization and spend trends, and measure the progress of initiatives and programs. The ultimate goal is to develop and implement improvements to the medication use system in the AHP community of patients to improve quality and outcomes, reduce overall costs of care, and generate as much value as possible from the use of medications.
This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer of Accountable Health Partners (AHP).
The Director’s responsibilities are divided into three major categories which are Operations/Leadership, Project Management/Tactical Planning, and Strategic Planning. This individual is expected to be capable of both strategic thinking as it relates to needs of the organization at least 3-5 years into the future, while also being very effective at the tactical level to implement and manage programs that have to be successful over the next 6-12 months. The Director will need to be able to effectively work with many stakeholders in the organization in a collaborative and team-based approach to solving complex problems. Communication skills are a high priority, as well as project management and problem solving. This individual is expected to function very independently with minimal oversight to achieve broad-based goals and objectives. Specific key responsibilities under each major category are:
- Provide leadership and management of AHP’s Pharmacy team and ambulatory care embedded clinical pharmacists.
- Serve as a member of AHP’s Leadership team.
- Collaborate with Pharmacy Leaders at UR Medicine.
- Define annual Pharmacy team’s goals and priorities in alignment with AHP’s annual work plan and lead Pharmacy team to meet defined goals.
- Lead optimization and expansion of ambulatory embedded pharmacy model across AHP’s network.
- Co-chair the AHP Pharmacy task force developed to work collaboratively with representatives of AHP and the major payers to review medication use and spend data and identify potential targets for medication optimization.
- Serve as an active member of community Pharmacy Committees as appropriate.
- Conduct routine communication with various stakeholders in AHP related to rational and cost-effective medication prescribing and use standards developed as AHP priorities to drive high-value pharmacotherapy.
- Function as the pharmacy expert on the AHP leadership team.
Project Management/Tactical Planning (30%)
- Determine annual drug utilization management priority initiatives, design interventions and lead team to successful implementation.
- In collaboration with AHP leadership, establish a multifaceted communication and education plan for each initiative which is appropriate to the subject matter and target audience.
- Identify and manage targets for priority clinical pharmacy, drug utilization management, and other medication optimization initiatives utilizing data resources available through AHP, UR Medicine, and payers, incorporating population health methods including use of administrative and clinical data, predictive analytics, risk and impactability scoring, and dashboard.
- With the assistance of data expertise within AHP and UR Medicine, collect, analyze and report relevant pharmacy metrics and outcomes that demonstrate the value of the embedded pharmacy model in ambulatory care, drug utilization initiatives and other medication optimization strategies implemented within the AHP provider network.
Strategic Planning (20%)
- Execute and update (every 2-3 years) AHP’s Pharmacy strategic plan.
- Develop initiatives for the implementation of the AHP Pharmacy strategic plan through collaboration with internal resources (UR Medicine/AHP), external resources, or a combination of both. Strategies that include use of telepharmacy technology, internal collaboration of UR Medicine ambulatory pharmacy resources, and community networks of pharmacy providers are examples of resources or technologies that should be considered.
- In conjunction with AHP leadership, develop plans for changes in the use of pharmaceuticals to increase overall value of the pharmaceutical spend.
- Develop and maintain the business model for the expansion of the embedded pharmacy model will expand the reach of clinical pharmacist provided comprehensive medication management across AHP’s patient population.
- Assemble stakeholder groups including subject matter experts to develop disease-specific pharmacotherapeutic guidelines using a value-based framework to address the most relevant therapeutic categories for AHP.
- In concert with AHP leadership, UR Medicine and community providers, and other collaborators, develop strategies to improve the medication use system in the AHP community to improve medication access and adherence, reduce unnecessary waste (e.g. overprescribing), increase patient understanding of their medication regimen, and improve medication-related outcomes including reduced hospitalizations, readmissions and overall medical resource utilization.
Doctor of Pharmacy degree, graduate of accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency, and a preference for PGY-2 specialty residency training. New York State Pharmacy License (or eligibility) and is board certified (or eligible) in a relevant specialty area. Experience in developing and implementing population health strategies is strongly preferred. This individual will typically have greater than 5 years of specialty clinical pharmacy practice experience with progressive systems and leadership responsibilities.