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Pharmacy Technician

  • Job ID: 501874061
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Variable
  • Facility: UPMC Western Maryland
  • Department: Pharmacy
  • Location: 12500 Willowbrook Rd, Cumberland MD 21502
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $14.38 to $21.89 / hour

Description

UPMC Western Maryland is seeking a Pharmacy Technician to join their team of life-changers! This position will primarily support the Emergency Department with cross-training in the inpatient pharmacy. The Pharmacy Technician provides pharmaceutical care to patients within the UPMC Health System by assisting with the sterile and nonsterile medication preparation, medication filling, and medication distribution. The Pharmacy Technician will also assist with collection of patient home medication history in the Emergency Department. The Pharmacy Technician services are provided in compliance with Department of Health, The Joint Commission, and State Board of Pharmacy regulations. Final candidates will be selected for a job title within the career ladder that reflects level of education, experience and manager discretion at time of offer. Pharmacy Technician, Associate rates start at $13.91/hr.

We are currently offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus for Pharmacy Technicians with a 2 year commitment!


Responsibilities:

  • General: Establish complete and accurate patient home medication history through patient interview, pharmacy review, and provider collaboration.
  • General: Demonstrate a high level of accuracy and skill in maintaining controlled substance records and the distribution process for controlled substances.
  • General: Maintain and update automated med stations, unit and department stock, emergency boxes, and crash carts.
  • General: Use computer skills to process and maintain all patient information and records.
  • General: Develop and maintain a clean, organized, and adequately stocked work environment.
  • Distribution: Develop and maintain positive and productive service relationships during medication distribution process.
  • General: Audit and maintain accurate records for controlled substances. Assure that all such drugs are stored and dispensed in compliance with Federal, State, and Department Regulations.
  • General: Maintain all pertinent documentation as required. This includes eye wash logs, refrigerator logs, perpetual inventory logs etc.
  • General: Maintain all patient information and records. Maintain the pharmacy computer system as required.
  • General: Provide and received information (via telephone, person-to-person, or written) to hospital personnel, patients and visitors. Refer all drug information questions to Staff Pharmacists.
  • Filling: Assist in filling medication orders through correct labeling, counting and stocking practices. Initial and date products as required.
  • Investigational: Assist in the procurement, accountability, storage, preparation and distribution of investigational and study drugs.
  • General: Participate in departmental quality improvement activities in order to continually improve and evaluate pharmaceutical care as reflected by operational and patient care indicators.
  • Filling: Assist in the preparation of the proper oral and injectable medications (including intravenous admixtures and TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition)) for the correct patient for administration at the appropriate time. Use proper technique in the preparation of medications.
  • General: comply with Federal and State laws such as HIPAA, regulations such as OSHA, and PBM contracting requirements such as FWA and CMS.
  • General: Assist in the training of pharmacy personnel and students.
  • General: Ensure that all medications in all areas have been safely and securely stored according to Department of Health, The Joint Commission, and State Board of Pharmacy regulations.
  • General: finalize sales using cash register, follow proper cash handling policies and procedures
  • Distribution: Participate in the distribution of medication including medication cassettes, emergency medication carts and the delivery of controlled substances per department policy and state and federal requirements
  • General: Practice appropriate hand hygiene both in the pharmacy and in the units.
  • Distribution: Retrieve medications that have been discontinued and return (and credits if necessary) them to the appropriate pharmacy area.
  • Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job. They are not exhaustive lists of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions associated with the job.
  • General: Procure and maintain adequate inventory levels on daily basis in applicable areas such pharmacy medication stock rooms, automated medication carousels, and automated dispensing machines.
  • Filling: Consistently has the ability to work in the Sterile Product area preparing cytotoxic and hazardous drugs (e.g. chemotherapy) using proper aseptic technique.

Qualifications

Pharmacy Technician, Intermediate:

  • Completion of high school diploma or equivalent OR Completion of an accredited pharmacy technician program AND one of the following:
    • Two years of previous Pharmacy Technician experience
    • Enrollment in good standing as a pharmacy student.
  • Demonstrated competency in THREE (3) of the following FOURTEEN (14) skills:
    • ORDER ENTRY: Assist with the order entry of medications into the pharmacy information system including IV admixtures and TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition), under the supervision of a pharmacist.
    • STERILE COMPOUNDING: Compound IV medications using appropriate aseptic technique in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner. Utilizing the pharmacy information system, generate any necessary sterile product reports, labels, or makes time changes; discontinue IV solutions with a high level of skill and accuracy. Able to perform the calculations involved in nutritional solution preparation.
    • CHEMOTHERAPEUTIC PREPARATION: Consistently has the ability to work in the Sterile Product area preparing cytotoxic and hazardous drugs (e.g. chemotherapy) with a high level of skill and expertise.
    • CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE HANDLING: Assist with controlled substance ordering, receiving, and filling, and maintain appropriate inventory documentation in compliance with Federal, State, and Department Regulations.
    • NON-STERILE PACKAGING: Able to package oral dosage forms including liquid formulations in the pharmacy packaging system.
    • INVENTORY PROCESSES: Maintain an understanding of best practices associated with inventory control processes, ordering, and receiving medication. Demonstrate a solid understanding related to laws, regulations, and policies and procedures related to procurement.
    • OR SERVICES: Understand and consistently assist with the daily operations within the operating room pharmacy, including drawing up syringes and filling kits, case trays, room boxes, etc., as well as appropriate inventory and ordering practices for OR satellites and areas.
    • AUTOMATION: Possess a high level of knowledge and skill in working with pharmacy automation technologies, including RobotRx and packaging operations.
    • MEDICATION RECONCILIATION: Interview patients and appropriate caregivers to obtain admission medication information and accurately enter it into the electronic chart for review by a pharmacist. Coordinate with health care professionals to facilitate any medication changes made throughout the hospital stay and ensure the filling of prescriptions for patients upon discharge. This may include transportation of the physical prescription and coordination of payment from the patient to the outpatient pharmacy.
    • DECENTRAL PARTICIPATION: Engage in decentralized technician activities including automation management, cassette exchange, and expiration return, and demonstrate customer service during all interactions with nurses to facilitate the drug distribution process. Monitor pharmacy activities including but not limited to turn around time, stockouts, missing doses, central drop, and AcuDose footprints.
    • MEDICATION ACCESS AND ADHERENCE: assist patients and health care providers with financial coordination using programs such as: copay assistance, pharmaceutical manufacturer assistance programs, foundation assistance and UPMC program. Promote quality and patient health through enrollment and management of adherence programs such as refill coordination and medication synchronization.
    • PRIOR AUTHORIZATION PROCESSING: possess a high level of knowledge regarding insurance prior authorization process including communication with patient and health care providers, understanding of documentation needed from medical records and pharmacy benefit management websites, ability to complete needed paperwork and assist in the follow-up with the approval process.
    • QUALITY IMPROVEMENT: participation in an active role as a lead contributor/developer in department and collaborative quality improvement, assist in data collection, program implementation and reporting of results.
    • ADJUDICATION/BILLING: Consistently exhibit the following actions; submission of prescription information to correct insurance processor, troubleshoot and resolve rejected claims, reliably coordinate multiple benefit payers, including Medicare obtaining all necessary paperwork including assignment of benefit forms.

Pharmacy Technician, Associate:

  • Completion of high school diploma or equivalent required AND one of the following:
    • Completion of an accredited pharmacy technician program
    • Six months of previous pharmacy technician experience
    • Six months experience as a Pharmacy Assistant within the UPMC Health System
    • Enrollment in a college program and in good standing

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

Maryland Pharmacy Tech License Required

  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)

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