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Pharmacy Manager - 340b Program

Company: University of Washington
Location: Tacoma
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

The mission of University of Washington Medicine is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow's physicians, scientists and other health professionals. UW Medicine owns or operates the following: Harborview Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center Northwest, a network of UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics that provide primary care, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, Airlift Northwest, and other owned, operated, or affiliated entities as appropriate. In addition, UW Medicine shares in the ownership and governance of Children's University Medical Group and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance a partnership among UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, and Seattle Children's.The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.UW MEDICINE PHARMACY SERVICES has an outstanding opportunity for a FULL-TIME PHARMACY MANAGER 340B PROGRAM. The UW Medicine 340B Program Manager reports to the Director, Pharmacy Business and Strategic Development and oversees all aspects of the 340B program for UWMC and HMC. This position is responsible for the day-to-day management, compliance review, and operations of clinic-administered medications in eligible locations, mixed-use areas managed by split-billing software, outpatient prescriptions fulfilled by an owned pharmacy, and outpatient prescriptions fulfilled by a contract 340B pharmacy. Participation in the 340B program allows UW Medicine pharmacies to procure drugs at discounted prices, which allows UW Medicine to offer financial and other patient support to underserved populations.UW Medicine Pharmacy purchases over $250M of drugs annually and dispenses over 700,000 prescriptions to patients each month. The 340B Program Manager develops policies, audit plans and training to ensure that the covered entities procure discounted drugs in compliance with current regulatory guidance and UW Medicine policies. This position hires and provides day to day management of the 340B program and 340B audit staff. This role requires extensive knowledge of 340B Program Compliance, pharmacy drug procurement, contract pharmacy management, 340B software systems, and audit procedures.This position serves as the operations manager and liaison for 340B-related matters in conjunction with the Director for UWMC-Montlake, Northwest, and Harborview Medical Center. The 340B Program Manager is responsible for creating operation plans, quality improvements, and creating 340B workflow processes. This position acts as the liaison with affiliated departments to ensure 340B Program integrity. The 340B Program Manager will be an influential change agent in shaping the long-term goals and utilization of 340B services.RESPONSIBILITIES:340B Audit Program Management: Develop and manage the annual 340B audit plan in support of the program in collaboration with the Director, Pharmacy Business and Strategic Development, the 340B Oversight Committee, the operations and audit team. Ensures evaluations of gaps at the site level and assists in providing the tools necessary to be compliant with the 340B Program. Review and propose updates to policies and procedures based on the latest guidance and audit results. Establishes consistent policies and procedures for 340B operations that ensure productivity and efficiency so that long-term management of the program does not hamper operations or create unnecessary costs. Ensure timely and well-supported audit processes for 340B contract pharmacies, retail and hospital mixed-use areas at all three hospital campuses (UWMC-Montlake, UWMC Northwest, and HMC). Review audit results, assess, track, and lead the resolution of issues and corrective actions if needed. Provide education to pharmacy staff, clinics, and operational leadership regarding 340B compliance and optimization processes. Develops training/competency materials for all employees who work with the 340B Program. Review and communicate audit metrics and audit results regularly to the 340B Oversight Committee which includes members from senior leadership, pharmacy, compliance, and legal. Performs annual independent compliance audits with an external audit company and reports findings to responsible representatives at the organization, as required by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Routinely monitors industry publications and websites as well as the professional media, literature, and peers to ensure that the institution has the latest information regarding interpretations, rulings, guidance, and advanced ideas for improving participation.340B Audit Team Management: Hire, manage and provide day to day leadership to the 340B audit and operations team. Train, mentor and motivate staff in a manner that attracts and retains employees. Encourage innovation and recognize excellence. Address performance issues appropriately, equitably and timely. Provide ongoing staff development and training including cross functional training to continually develop expertise of staff and to facilitate collaborative problem solving and process improvements within the pharmacy team.340B Systems and Partners Management: Act as the first point of contact for vendors, administrators, and contract pharmacy partners seeking information from UWMC/HMC, and for audit staff who need to escalate issues involving pharmacy compliance as needed. Facilitate ongoing discussions and process improvements with vendors, administrators and contract pharmacy partners to evaluate volume shifts, program changes, system upgrades and other issues impacting the 340B program or pharmacy operations. Develop proposals and recommendations based on new technology, market restrictions or information from third-parties, federal government, and state regulations. Summarize and communicate third party information to pharmacy leadership and the 340B Oversight Committee as appropriate. Develop and maintain internal relationships (accounting, legal, finance) and external relationships (wholesalers, manufacturers, contract pharmacies, split-billing software vendors, pharmacy benefits managers [PBMs], and third-party administrator [TPA] vendors) as needed. Assesses opportunities for cost savings and business improvements in 340B contract pharmacy utilization.Special Project/Other Duties: Serve as the subject matter expert and participate as needed in other pharmacy or hospital projects and/or committees. Lead other pharmacy projects related to the 340B program as requested by the Director, Pharmacy Business and Strategic Development and the Chief Pharmacy Officer. Participates in and/or leads local, regional, and system workgroups and steering committees dedicated to 340B oversight and compliance. Assess opportunities for cost savings and system improvements to yield higher compliance.DESIRED: Completion of the Apexus Advanced 340B Operations Certificate. Previous experience in a healthcare leadership position with knowledge of pharmacy purchasing and 340B regulations. Education and/or experience in development and implementation of compliance programs.REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in Business or Healthcare or related field 4-5 years of experience in demonstrated leadership abilities in the area of 340B operations and compliance. Current licensure as a Washington State Pharmacist, MBA, or MHA Equivalent experience can substitute for degree requirement.LEGAL REQUIREMENT: State of Washington Pharmacist License.CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:UW Medicine is committed to being a drug-free workplace. We require a pre-employment drug screen. The use of marijuana for medical purposes accompanied by a prescription, even if permitted by state law, will not be considered acceptable for purposes of explaining a positive lab test result for marijuana.Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTEmployees of the University of Washington are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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