Job Description

Job Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Corporate
Job ID: 756414
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Shift: Day Job
Department: Clinical Pharm Svc Line
Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Are you a Pharmacist with hospital, residency, or insurance experience? This may is the perfect opportunity for you! UPMC Corporate Services is searching for a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist to join their team.

This position is full-time and will work normal business hours Monday - Friday. Apply today to learn more!


This job provides clinical pharmacy expertise to the development, implementation and management of the pharmacy service line operations. The clinical pharmacist assists in the management of pharmacy utilization and provides expertise in managing clinical pharmacy services. These services will be provided in compliance with state and federal regulations, NCQA, standards, the mission, policies and procedures of Health Plan and Pharmacy Department. Individual should demonstrate professionalism and commitment to meet UPMC goals and objectives.

  • Administrative: Participate in meetings, committees, and work groups both internally and externally as assigned. Maintain a solid understanding of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, TJC, CMS and the National Committee for Quality Assurance, specifically as they relate to the expectations of hospital pharmacy operations. Ensure compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements of clinical functions.
  • Clinical Activities (Cont): Develop and evaluate therapeutic drug interventions and other clinical pharmacy programs for the purpose of controlling pharmacy trend, including pharmacist and provider interventions, and looking specifically at outcomes for these programs, as well as considering comprehensive research projects. Pipeline monitoring and evaluation. Provide innovative and applicable ideas in clinical program development, utilization management, formulary management, provider education, therapeutic substitution, MTM/DUR, and/or improvements in programs and edits that already exist, including both improving operational efficiencies, as well as developing new clinical pharmacy practice guidelines. Implement these new ideas or improvements as approved, while also considering outcomes in all programs. Work with external customers (information services, finance, quality/risk management, etc.) in multidisciplinary meetings as assigned to improve the understanding of the pharmacy service line activities, as well as to offer recommendations.
  • Clinical Activities: Develop and revise various formulary guidelines for health system P&T committee, including sending communications, training of identified departments, updating all brochures, updating the website, and submitting change forms. Research adequately and be properly prepared for all P&T Committee meetings, ensuring all recommendations for both new drugs and new policies are appropriate and have been discussed with subject matter experts. Present these assignments succinctly and at a suitable pace, volume, and speed and answer all questions. Develop and conduct Drug Utilization Review (DUR) activities, Medication Therapy Management (MTM), and other integrated programs with hospital pharmacy operations. Create, develop, maintain and enhance clinical reporting programs, including but not limited to physician specific reporting, alternative prescribing programs for utilization, pharmacoeconomic reporting, etc.
  • Communication: Foster and maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external customers. Communicate pharmacy information as appropriate to patients, providers, and other members of the health care team. Develop communication materials to providers and other members of the health care team, including discussions regarding formulary decisions, health education, formulary compliance, and trends in drug utilization.
  • Operational Activities: Critically review of medication based prior authorization requests for approval/denial against standard criteria. Review and participate in formulary guideline evaluations. Coordinate implementation and monitoring of formulary decisions through collaboration with key stakeholders, including information services, pharmacy supply chain, hospital pharmacy leadership. Review new drugs in a timely manner and submit change forms as appropriate.
  • Teaching and Education: Mentor students, and assist in precepting for the residency program. Special Skills/Ability to Interact: Have ability to function independently, but support team concept. Behavior denotes reliability as demonstrated by prompt attendance and timeliness completing designated workload and follow-up. Conveys and maintains professional image while interacting with coworkers, providers and clients. Honor client and patient confidentiality.


Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy, and/or Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D.) from an accredited U.S. School of Pharmacy. 
Experience in pharmacy benefit management, insurance, managed care or hospital pharmacy is strongly preferred.  
Knowledgeable in therapeutic interventions and other cost containment programs. 
Effective communication skills, both written and oral. 
Must have strong analytical ability and organizational skills. 
Computer literacy for pharmacy programming, word processing, data management.
Assessment of job related skills and competency will be reviewed annually via daily functioning, job-related documentation, department based competency programs, and continuing education activities.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Registration as a registered pharmacist (RPh), in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity. 
Continuing Education requirements met each bi-annual cycle for re-licensure, as evident by obtaining a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years in structured pharmaceutical education as necessary by the state board

  • Pharmacist
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $43 to $72.97 / hour

Union Position: No

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